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Topic: Eight Reasons to Empower Girls in Schools
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Kirby Urner

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Re: Eight Reasons to Empower Girls in Schools
Posted: Mar 13, 2017 6:27 PM
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I saw no mention of the possibility of same gender schools (all girls, all boys) or even boarding schools. Yes, public. They do exist in small numbers. Hillary was saying something about them, as a candidate, dunno about the others.

But we've been taught to think of public schools as one size fits all cookie cutters that turn out the mish-mash we consider "the average American" or something.

Schools that are place-based or focused on this or that ethnicity ("immersion") are usually relegated to the charter zone, much maligned, disowned by the mainstream public schools, or must stay private.

Why?

Why this picture that the public school system is more about imposing uniformity than reflecting regional differences?

Here in the Silicon Forest, we need to teach multiple number bases, Euclid's Method for GCD, Euler's V+F==E+2, Descartes' Deficit, all in high school. Learning to code starts in 2nd grade, or at least the opportunities get created.

Does that sound ridiculous to you?

Maybe you're not raising a next generation of CAD programmer, 3D printer, with what we used to call "mechanical drawing" skills. Those disciplines have all changed since the 1950s.

We'd be completely depriving our own kids of their heritage were we to stick to some idea of K-12 made up in the halls of Pearson or McGraw-Hill. We don't need truckloads of wood pulp from some Empire State to pass the torch. Those doorstops get in the way more than anything.

Given electronic publishing, the idea of entraining / enslaving ourselves to some cookie cutter "one size fits all" public model seems like a laughable non-starter. And I wouldn't think our region alone would find regional level government as "high" as we need go.

Don't get me wrong, I love getting help from NASA and National Geographic. We can tap USG resources directly, as well as Google Earth.

I'm just not eager to see the watered-down, unimaginative vision of "public school" that precludes same gender and/or boarding, also applied to the curriculum, keeping it just as dull and unsuitable to regional needs.

Kirby



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