When I was in second grade a teacher assigned a writing project. What do you want to do when you grow up?
My reply was how how would I know? [thinking (I'm only a god damed kid)} . To which she said just write about being a fireman or something like that.
Another teacher asked what my favorite color was..
Do I have to have a favorite color?
Others asked what what my favorite such and such was.
It's no wonder I don't speak, or write proper English.
Bring left handed and an athiest always got me in trouble.
Rote teaching and learning is, more than likely, an unavoidable business, at least in the primary grades and particularly if general education is to be structured and put on a time schedule. If all children were in an environment where they could learn and explore and progress at their own rates, the overall process might be better and more successful in the long term. It would also, more than likely, be astronomically more expensive, and new problems, arising out of a more laissez-faire education process would almost certainly show themselves. This doesn't even mention the fact that the US is currently lagging behind a considerable portion of the first world in education, a deficit which, in large portion, owes its existence to the interference of religion in our schools and our culture.
[wry grin] I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up, but I had no idea HOW to do that, nor was anyone forthcoming with either techniques or encouragement. Things have changed a bit since then, but I can't help but observe the old shuffle: two steps forward, one step back.
I'm not a teacher so I don't know.
Does Rote teaching work? Perhaps at the preschool and early elementery school level.
If "Given" the oppertunity you may have been an Asrononaut.
Historically blacks weren't allowed in school or even to read.
Women of privalege were allowed acess to education.
I hear people talk about the Arab world where it's illegal for women to drive. Talk is it's loosing half of the available tallent.
In the U.S. disadvantaged kids, be they women, people of color, or any one who can't afford higher education is a loss to the economy and betterment of the U.S.
With the current atmosphere of cutbacks. I have mine -fend for yourself - seems to drive the political divide.
With Betsy De Vos it's likeley to becaome worse even at the k-12 level. Education doesn't seem to matter.
One of the private schools 'college' corporations offering Nursing degrees for example was recently shut down for fraud.
De Vvry, Cointhin , and more were shut down for fraud.
At least something worked.
I read articles where nursing students spent a day at a child care center for their study of pediatrics. Another was they spent a day at the Church of Scientology for their psycholocical study.
I hope no one hires a nurse from one of those/these institutions. I've been to hospitals where they don't know much different.
Outside of that in trade crafts, my brother who works in the automobile repair field said - no one comming out of those schools are worth hiring,
Education seems to be in a sorry state.
Well, as it happens, I've been a teacher, though that was more coincidental than focal to my work as a field service engineer. For many years, I taught maintenance training on the systems my company sold. My method of teaching was based on many of the courses I took in college, which were broken down into two primary parts: Lecture and Lab. In the lecture, I described to them facets of the systems they would be responsible for. Immediately following that would be hands-on time, the Lab, where they got to handle and manipulate the individual modules which made up the system. Or I would talk about how the diagnostics worked, describe to them how to use them to find specific failed parts, then used examples of diagnostics to troubleshoot a theoretical system and find the failed device. At the very end of the course, I would sabotage the demo system in a controlled fashion, then set my students loose to see if they could find the problems I had inserted. Generally speaking, they did pretty well.
Granted that this isn't an approach which works for all subjects and material, but for practical learning, I've yet to find a better method.