Every kid doesn’t need to be educated, writes Frank Fleming in Pajamas Media.
It’s like we envision a future where we all just sit around and be all educated and smart while robots or illegal Mexicans do all the real work. But do we really want all of us to be a bunch of educated people who never do anything useful — like the Obama administration but for the whole country? Anyway, it’s not going to happen. The future still needs people to cook, clean, and manufacture goods — and it doesn’t take a decade of education in math and science to be able to do those things. So why are we spending hundreds of billions of dollars to make sure every fry cook at one point in his life knew what a gerund is?
We’re supposed to be falling behind the rest of the world in math and science, but Fleming isn’t impressed by Finland’s technological leadership, much less high-scoring China’s inability to make children’s toys without lead paint. High test scores are worthless, he argues.
If a bank teller can properly identify the parts of a cell, this helps society how? Or do we just think that kids sitting in classrooms throughout childhood makes them better people? Well, Jesus didn’t spend his childhood in a school, but know who did? Hitler.
It’s more efficient to teach only the best and the brightest, Fleming writes. Someone has to invent new features for our iPads each year. Everyone else would be taught basic reading skills, so they can set shows to record on their DVRs.
And then we should also teach everyone how to use Google, as that will cover science, history, and math whenever those come up. No reason that basic knowledge can’t be knocked off in a year for each kid.
To keep kids out of trouble, we can pay them 10 cents an hour to assemble “plastic trinkets and whatnot,” Fleming suggests. Take that, China!
It’s satire, but with a little work — more references to “21st-century skills” and “hands-on learning”– it could be a grant proposal: “Right-sizing Education for the 21st Century.”