What should be taught in school and how should it be taught? What books should be read and what books should not be on the library shelf? Just as an aside , in the 50’s J.D Salanger’s, “Catcher in the Rye” was banned and today it is a staple in many high school literature classes. In the 40’s, Winser’s “Forever Amber “ was banned. Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer” was banned. In 1964 the Supreme Court declared the book non-obscene.
I was taught and believe that the primary purpose of education is to transmit our culture through a common language. .
One of the many strengths of our Nation is the ability, like no other Nation, to assimilate people from many lands. Historically the Public School filled this mission admirably.
We are a pluralistic society but some believe our never ending- extreme emphasis on diversity, political correctness and multiculturalism does harm to the the notion that our Nation is the “great melting pot”. E pluribus unum—that out of many we made one Nation. Should not the school remove the hyphens ? Not Croatian- American but American period.
Education is a prerequisite for an individuals well being and the harmonious functioning of society. What you know better you will do better. Education is essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people.
I believe education should be an empowering process that allows children to develop their passions , critical thinking, compassion, and orientation towards wisdom for timely action. Self cultivation is the purpose of education.
I can not help but believe the object of K-12 education taken as a whole is not to produce hands for industry. This does not mean that science, math, engineering and the arts should not be taught where students find /or cultivate their interest in science, medicine or what ever their choosing. Harry Truman had it about right when he said, “I have found the best way to advise your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it”. Equipping students for careers will come along the way. Many of the jobs that the class of 2025 will have do not exist today.
The clash of ideas/opinions are the sounds of freedom in our Republic.
Just as another aside, The school district budget with negotiated personnel contracts is the most important policy statement made by the School Board. The budget is a political document in that it determines whose values shall prevail. Politics seems to be not about finding the best solution, it is finding the solution the least people complain about. I do not avoid, repress or deny conflict, but rather see it as an opportunity. My basic philosophy is anchored in optimism. I am old enough to know my limitations but young enough to overcome them.
Deputy Superintendent Irvine , Assistant Superintendent Business, Business Manager. High School Teacher and College Instructor and Adjunct Professor. I taught accounting, school finance and history among other subjects. I’m a Certified School Business Official (7-17-2007)
Vice President/General Manager of the Kawai America Corporation. A world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of Pianos and other musical instruments. .Director of the Keyboard Finance Corporation . Assistant Chief of Staff 6th Army.
BA-University of Minnesota. MS-University of Southern California.
Graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. & the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks , PA.
I do not know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. The only exact science known to woman/man is hindsight. To be absolutely certain about something , one must know everything or nothing about it. The key to communications is to hear what is not said. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. We live in a global digital world where change is rampant. Those that do not like change will like irrelevance even less. Disagreement is not disloyalty.