Indaswamp wrote:Can a person learn how to weld without making mistakes? No.
But if mistakes were not bad, why would they ever stop making them. If not bad, why do people try not to make them?
Indaswamp wrote:It is a mindset and a mental negative perception people have attached to making mistakes because of formal schooling conditioning.
I believe I agree with the point that you are making, but mistakes are bad. If they were not bad, there would be no reason to try and avoid making them, would there?
ohioboy wrote:It seems that people have a problem with the educational system as a whole, but when they list what they want I generally do them in my class.
And this is precisely the problem. There are many huge problem with the education system as a whole. However, it is not wholly problematic. You take it personal and many critics make it person.
My criticism of you is very specific. As a professional, assuming you view yourself that way and not simply as a worker, you have an ethical responsibility as a professional that extends beyond just doing your job adequately. If I believed that there was a problem with the safety standards, I as a professional have an ethical responsibility to do more than say that I'm doing my job well and wash your hands of it. I don't see the teaching profession speaking out about the horrible education outcomes that are all too common. I hear whining about the parents, about wanting more money, the administration, required testing, and all the excuses about why other people are doing the wrong thing and very little roll up your sleeves and make the best with what you have and with average spending somewhere on the order of $150,000 and often a quarter of a million dollars or more per classroom and a powerful union, it's not like the resources available are a pittance.
We should have a serious quality assurance program for every child. Every child has great value, so we want to ensure that to the extent possible that every single child gets a quality education. To certify that a child has received that when they have not is professional fraud. It should be criminal if it is too egregious, but its clearly unethical and unprofessional. If you get defrauded by a business, you will be furious. So why shouldn't students, parents, and society be furious if a child gets a diploma fraudulently or is even promoted one grade based on a fraudulent certification that they have done so. It would be like taking your kid to get swimming lessons and they go for years and get their life guard certification and have yet to master the basic beginner skills.
Every single diploma, every single grade promotion, every step should be subject to a quality assurance program that should be created by the education professionals and not imposed upon them, with technology, this should not be that hard or that expensive.
Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. Thomas Sowell