Getting Schooled…

Posted: December 30, 2013 in Writing Prompt
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One item on my “To-Do” list was to get back to tackling writing prompts from Daily Post (and possible other sources.)  Today’s prompt was:

You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?

Without a good education, you could be discarded like this used-up Santa...

Without a good education, you could be discarded like this used-up Santa…

Whole books could be, and have been, written about how to reform schools.  Trying to sum up the changes I would make in a few short paragraphs is a challenge.  Fortunately, we are dealing with ideals rather than imperfect reality here, so here goes.  I’ll let some other soul figure out how to implement these goals…

  1. Too many people today are ‘lazy’ thinkers; schools need to promote active thinking.. not just the ability to regurgitate facts back for a test or to attempt to follow a recipe in a math class, but the ability for students to think about what they are doing and recognize an answer that just doesn’t make sense.
  2. The idea of ‘classics’ is that they are the books, plays, whatever that have shaped our common culture.  They have become part of our national identity, and by studying them we teach the next generation what that identity is.  In the name of ‘political correctness’, we’ve switched our focus away from a common cultural identity to diversity and now the only common referents we have left as a society are pop culture.  I love pop culture, but it’s no basis for a social identity.
  3. Speaking of diversity, classrooms of “28 kids in a box” are no way to do anything more than give lip service to the idea of diversity while you try to push all the students into the cookie cutter.  Recognizing that individual students’ minds operate differently and differentiating lessons to accommodate different learning styles is difficult, but is the best way to ensure that students learn how to best use their own brain to maximal potential.
  4. There’s an old saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Similarly, while students need to learn the skeleton of history and science, even more they need to learn how to use a library and use the internet and use their apps to teach themselves.
  5. Oh, and I don’t know if this is really something to learn in school but every kid should learn fashion sense somewhere so we can all look beautiful…
After a day at modeling school...

After a day at modeling school…

Of course I really don’t have any thoughts about school and fashion, I just need a segue way into the all-important discussion of what I’m wearing today… Shape: Mery, by *JStyle.  Skin: Amar, by WoW Skins.  Hair: Foxi, in white, by Tameless Hairs.  Outfit: Boots, Mesh Jacket, Black Top all from *JStyle (from the same gift as the skin).  The black ‘Grace Rock’ skirt is source-unknown, although it was created by Lotti Lusch.  Accessories: Hoop earrings from *JStyle (same gift again), “No More Lies” tattoo from Orsini and rose tattoo from Prozak, source-unknown lip ring, and Old Padlock necklace from Bite & Claw, sunglasses from Grumble, Grumble.

I took the pictures in the Mad City Christmas sim.  I can’t tell you how much longer this sim will be up or if it is a permanent sim that will just be changing themes soon, but it is cool at the the moment…  Hope everyone is having a great time, and if I don’t get a chance to post between now and then… Happy New Year!

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