Education K-12 Minimum Goals

It takes some hubris to suggest changing in education K-12 with 3 million teachers working their best in the field, but K-12 education is not doing well. Also I want to understand more clearly the conflict between Trump’s Secretary of Education and public school systems.

General education, kindergarten through 12th grade, should develop all students in three areas.
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Individual Development

Reaching for the stars. Young girl seeming limitless possibilities

Reaching for the stars

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Citizenship

Working together for the common good. Citizenship metaphor of people on different stripes of the flag individually and jointly progressing

Working together for the common good

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Employable Skills

First job may be very basic, like getting and carrying coffee for six members of a team

First job may be very basic

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Goals in these areas should be the first guide for selection of courses a student must take and master.

Individual Development. Be all you can be

  • Develop the student to the level the student is capable and desirous of
  • Learn individual responsibility and accepting consequences
  • Household management and balancing a personal budget
  • Learn discussion skills that allow the student to express his or her opinion as well as listen to other’s opinions when they disagree

Citizenship. Be an asset to the community

  • Understand the rights of others
  • Master conflict resolution
  • Learn laws and the Constitution

Employable Skills. Be capable of supporting self

  • Read and write basic English
  • Add, subtract, multiple, and divide.
  • Follow step-by-step instructions

In another post I will go into the implications for the curriculum. Individual development and citizenship will require additional coursework.

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