On Mar 3, 2014, at 5:25 PM, Joe Niederberger <email@example.com> wrote:
> Well, should arithmetic be elective? More and more schools are adding "computer" classes all the time. What you do in them and with them is the issue. The notion of opting out in grade school isn't really going to be a choice for most, no matter how you view it philosophically. In New Jersey we have liberal home schooling laws for the philosophically motivated.
No, I don?t think arithmetic should be optional. Nor reading. or any of the other traditional primary school courses. We seem to have success there and we could continue to concentrate effort there for those that lag behind. I don?t see a lot of room there for coding. Maybe some elementary exercises.
But something changes when we get into middle school, when the subjects pick up speed. Not every student seems destined to go with the flow. Some do and some don?t. And I am all for a student later changing their flow. I just don?t see the point of forcing them since there are so many other paths available, with their own flows. I think that is probably the root of the majority of the deficiencies we see in public school. And certainly in college. We have diluted these subjects in many sections (college classes) to the point of worthlessness.