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- Print Length: 48 pages
- Publisher: Encounter Books (January 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594036896
- ISBN-13: 978-1594036897
- ASIN: B00B0YPKD2
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The K-12 Implosion (Encounter Broadside) Kindle Edition
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"So at the K-12 level, we've got an educational system that in many fundamental ways hasn't changed in 100 years - except, of course, by becoming much less rigorous - but that nonetheless has become vastly more expensive without producing significantly better results."
Reynolds then explains that public schools were originally created for what are now woefully dated purposes:
"When our public education system was created in the 19th century, its goal, quite explicitly, was to produce obedient and orderly factory workers to fill the new jobs being created by the Industrial Revolution. Those jobs are mostly gone now, and the needs of the 21st century are not the needs of the 19th."
Later, Reynolds writes that churning out workers for 1925-style labor "won't work when the kids entering school today will be on the job market in 2025."
Of course, Reynolds offers a few statistics on how school spending has increased in various districts around the country while reading and math levels continue to drop.
Why is this so? Reynolds offers a few reasons. First, while students and spending have increased, most of the new money is being funneled to "paper pushing", not teaching. Quoting from The School Staffing Surge study, Reynolds states that the K-12 student population increased 96% between 1950 and 2009.Read more ›
Think about it -- we customize everything from our wardrobe to our car to our phone to our landscape to our coffee, but we are supposed to accept a standardized education for our children? Please.
At the rate things are going, public school will soon become just another poverty program. (What shall we call it? Educaid? Educare? Edu-carceration?) The students with the chance/means to do so are escaping the public schools as quickly as they can. School districts are creating public charters and magnet schools in a foot-dragging manner, amidst great teacher-union outcry and moaning, to try to retain some of the more motivated students. This is probably too little, too late. Teachers attack even simple innovations, like Teach for America. How will they cope with a total overhaul of the mission?
How long can the blue model of public education continue?
And what happens to all those "safe" government jobs that have been held by minorities in the cities for the past 50-60 years?
And how much civil unrest will attend the collapse of public schooling?
Those questions aren't even broached in this broadside, but it's time to have that conversation.
Reynolds argues that problems like these are the result of the end stage of the industrial and bureaucratic age public school system. Instead of downsizing the bureaucracies like private businesses, the public school administrative staffs have grown astronomically in the last sixty years. Most of what these people do is create paper shuffling for the teachers and eat up classroom time with "pep rallies and DARE." This is a 1950's-1960's mindset. When Reynolds' daughter started in the 9th Grade, she estimated that 2 and 1/2 hours out of the school day involved learning. She set up her own program using online classes and finished high school by age 16. I think this is an incredibly important point. Much of the time spent in school at the behest of the administrators is boring and a complete waste of time for most students.
Although there is no solution for the problem of the schools, according to Reynolds, there are solutions. All children are not the same. They need to have alternatives available to help them develop their individual skills and interests.Read more ›
Part of the problem can be blamed on the fact that schools are stuck in an industrial model that doesn't even reflect the needs of today's economy. More important in my mind is that it that it largely ignores the efficiencies that could be accomplished with modern technology and dispersed learning.
Author Glenn Reynolds builds his case for the support of vouchers, but he misses the fact that as long as government controls the agenda of schools they will always be crippled to some extent. Can't we go further and get government out of education all together?
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A short broadside discussing the unsustainable public school system, and positive steps that might be taken to transform it into a more functional system that really meets the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Charles H. Rosa
When Libertarian-leaning GOP scholars and Marxist scholars agree on a trend, people should probably take note. Read morePublished 21 months ago by C. D. Varn
The work is basically a little political screed. It's far enough away from "center" that it would draw bad reviews from everyone anywhere on the Left, but putting that... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marco Polo
After Mr. Reynolds' slightly more engaging The Higher Education Bubble, the K-12 Implosion extends a similar analysis to the public K-12 arena. Read morePublished 23 months ago by DSB
Author Reynolds is fixated on Herbert Stein's famous saying that 'Something that can't go on forever, won't' and applies it to our public school system. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Loyd Eskildson
Anything I can do to help my nephews out to make their life choices and what careers they want to pursuePublished 23 months ago by Jerry
I love these little Broadsides, and this is one of the best.
First some history of American public education, then a look at how it's degenerated. Read more
I thought this book provided some great information. I would have liked more ideas on how to improve our current system, not offering alternatives. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Jacqui Hawkins
This is a short writing more on par with a magazine article or opinion piece. Filled with anecdotal evidence(spoiler alert: his daughter is a product of successful alternative... Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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