far sight πŸ‘€

I used to think that the ability to achieve any particular goal in life was attributed solely to ‘the heat of one’s desire’, or how badly you wanted that outcome.  Haven’t really eaten a decent meal in the past three days, but I feel relatively stable from a physical standpoint – however, I feel the transient limit my heart can take in terms of exerting myself.  Just not.. hungry.  Depressed? maybe, but not hopeless.  Just a lot to think about.
I think about the fact that it’s the first day of school.

There was this one teacher in high school I looked up to, taught basic computer skills and such.  (Much of my memories of that time, however, centered around Napster and text-based MMORPGs like Achaea played in Telnet!)  The only way I was able to get online at the time was to go to the library (used to get in trouble coming home late for downloading SNES ROMs after school hours @ 3.66 KB/sec, hehe) and NetZero (remember that?).

<Okay, it’s word association time!  I promise this one will be short. ^_~v>

Teaching > Career > Bureaucracy > Common Core > ???

Most teachers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing have complained that they feel marginalized, and it’s of extreme concern considering that my child is moving through the same (or better yet, similar) system of education that myself and my siblings have gone through.  The idea of grade school still being heavily linked to the ‘age’ of the student feels horrendously foreign in a world of ubiquitous internet accessed by relatively inexpensive devices… I just wonder if the curricula will evolve with the times.

Especially the ‘Common Core’ thing… 

In my present state of ignorance concerning the status quo of educating ‘minors’ in America, there isn’t really much more I can say.  It seems like the general focus is in preparing students for college.  However, the life experiences I’ve had while working & in school makes me question that singular, time-locked [after 12th grade/17 years of age] aim.  This isn’t to say that the system is all messed up and destined for failure (surely the teachers I know wouldn’t wish that for their students); just that… well, I fear the potential disconnect between antiquated standards of what governments say our children ‘should’ know compared with the sometimes rapid-moving dynamics of the world as it relates to our talents & passions.  <What’s good for the ‘nation’ as a whole compared to what’s good for the ‘individual’, you know?>  And the teachers, those people who directly influence our children’s lives, seem like they don’t have a voice.  That’s what bothers me most, really.

If you felt anything from reading this, your feedback would be much appreciated.  Especially regarding the words, ‘Common Core.’  

Thank you!  and may your days be well.

(Oh, and why vitamin A? Just been snacking on a lot of carrots lately, hehe.)

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9 thoughts on “far sight πŸ‘€”

  1. I would have loved to know what’s the meaning of ‘common core’, I didn’t understood!! I want to understand, but seems to not understang:) scratching my head real hard:)

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    1. Ah, it’s okay! ‘Common core’ is a new way of teaching American children in grade school the basics of math, reading, writing and all that. One basic standard for everyone rather than different states having their own individual learning plans (like, students in New York learning different stuff than in California). There really isn’t that much more I know about it, I’m afraid. 😩

      hope this helps! πŸ˜€ if still not, please let me know and i’ll try a different way of explaining. πŸ˜‰

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  2. The key point to be made re: education in the modern world is its failure to teach its students to educate themselves. Instead they’re taught to do as they are told, to think in certain ways, and to “know” enough to pass the standard tests. None of that teaches one to think, but, the purpose of today’s educational system is not to give us people who think, but, people who do not question what they are told, on TV, from talking heads, or from a pulpit in faraway Rome, or Tel Aviv, or Mecca, or whichever delusional fantasy believed is believed… It’s not about learning, it’s about believing the lies….

    In short, it’s broken, for all intents and purposes. This is why real teachers feel marginalized….

    gigoid

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. I’ve heard that complaint often, that the students are just learning to pass exams, which is what I feared. The Montessori approach seems like a possible alternative, but one that might be unavailable to most under a budget. I wonder if charter schools have to follow the exact same curriculum?

      Thinking for yourself, philosophy and the arts seem kind of glossed over, and I’d think that to be important in such a multifaceted world as we live in today. It all seems very… robotic, for lack of a better term. :/

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  3. If the goal is students who understand how language shapes our thoughts common core is a good thing. A fragmented understanding of literacy creates students in New York who understand complex literature and students in South Carolina who can’t read and have been taught that the desire to do so is effete. If the goal of common core is a working class that understands the mechanics of language without understanding the words, it’s a bad thing.

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