With an exception to reading, writing, and basic arithmetic, I've learned more on the web, thanks to a genuine interest in knowledge, than what my Masters level education has taught me.
Me sitting in a geography class for three months only taught me that I hated almost every class in college and the Masters program. But this week I wanted to know where Antigua was, so I Googled it, and now I know exactly where we may fly for our honeymoon. I did that in 3-4 seconds. To top that off, I won't even forget where Antigua is because I learned about it independently and WANTED TO KNOW!
Do you really think that any hungover and unmotivated college trying-to-be-cool guy wants to know where Antigua is on a Friday morning during an 8am geography class?
Forcing students to learn about things they declare uninteresting causes information to be left unused and unrestrained. This is why fifth graders ARE smarter than us. If you let me study fifth grade work for a night, then I'll beat any brace faced dork with a bad haircut and a shirt picked out by their possibly milf mom.
So what if we ditched traditional schooling? Why don't we let kids stop attending when they're 14, pick a career to study for four years in a college like fashion, graduate at 18, and be instantly ready to work in the first year of adulthood?
None of this "finding myself" and "taking a semester off" (drop outs)? Why wait until we're 21+ to graduate college? Why spend all those years and money on classes we know we hate?
I think people need to learn on their own and colleges shouldn't force "requirements" upon people. I was a writing major. What good did four semesters of Spanish teach me? I don't write anything in Spanish and I curse at the phone when it says "prensa dos para Espanol."
People who learn on their own are hungry to know everything. They eat knowledge like Ethiopians slurp rice and breed.
And let's be honest here folks - common core is a fine idea to have everyone on the same page, but the curriculum that's been created is by far the worst I've seen in years. It's simply stupid.
But hey, this is what happens when your country thrives off the votes of the uneducated and the nonexistent.