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BlueOrangutan
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oscarclem7
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Rethinking Education

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Started: 12/24/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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BlueOrangutan

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Both numeracy and literacy are vital life skills, however they are not the only and arguably not even the most important. Nutrition and health, basic finance (not the same as numeracy), social welfare and critical thinking are also huge factors in the success and happiness of both the individual and society as a whole. My argument is that the school curriculum needs to factor these as core subjects of equal standing to numeracy and literacy. Think about how many times a day your success relies on maths and then think how many times a day you have to eat. This shift in focus I believe will be a step in the right direction to solving the huge number of social, health and economic issues that face our society today.
oscarclem7

Con

Although literacy and maths aren't the most fashionable or exciting subjects as far as pedagogy goes, the truth is either maths, English, science, or a combination will form the basis and underlying knowledge in almost any skilled profession. You mentioned three types of problems we have today: health, social and economic. The first two are ultimately up to the parent. Parents come from a position of trust and are much better equipped to talk about highly personal issues such as diet and behaviour than a teacher that has no personal connection with the student and may know nothing about parenting. Teachers bring knowledge in academic topics, parents offer wisdom in everything else.
As for economic problems, it's not as simple as shoving finance in students' faces. Most professions that dapple in commerce, economics or finance are of pretty much useless in solving the worlds financial problems. A stockbroker works to make money, not to solve the Greek financial crisis. People that do are academics that train for years and years to get to positions of government advocacy and teaching simple economics at school doesn't prepare for this. As for people that don't have anything to do with finance apart from paying their electric bills, dedicating resources to educate them in economics is useless. I'm not sure about the US, but in Australia studying economics is optional in Senior School and it should stay that way.
School is for preparing people for university (or for those who don't chose to go, other professions). University is for preparing people to work. In most cases, working requires knowledge of English, maths and science, and as such it is important those are prioritised.
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Posted by Moelogy 1 year ago
Moelogy
Like a formal one
Posted by Moelogy 1 year ago
Moelogy
what is the resolution?
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