Many have issues with the educational system…students aren’t taught the same nationwide- things are unfair….
Would this work any better?
All students would be required to attend the same school system- no private, charter, religious or homeschooling would be allowed.
School would be year round, except for having the months of August and December off (there will be no holidays the rest of the year- only occasional days off to showcase outstanding achievement in any area whether it be science or athletics or performing arts or whatever. School day would be from 8am to 5pm. This would include a half hour for lunch and two fifteen minute breaks. There are two five minute bathroom breaks. Children would be required to sit at desks, and would have a tablet for their books and a laptop for writing assignments. Worksheets/paper would be distributed as required. There are no lockers for storage, only hooks for outerwear.
All students would be required to wear the exact same brand of black pants, white shirt, black loafers and black socks. Students would get same brand cardigans, but each grade would be assigned a different color- first graders are pale blue, ninth graders are yellow, etc. Gym uniform would be black shorts, white tee shirt, white socks and white sneakers. again- all would be exactly the same so that no child would feel different. Each child would receive a black backpack. They would also be required to wear the same weather appropriate outerwear, rain boots, hat, scarf and gloves where applicable. No one is allowed to accessorize their outfit.
School buildings would have large auditorium style rooms, one per grade. A maximum of 100 students would be in each room. Lessons would be projected onto a screen in the front of the room. Lectures would be a half hour in length per subject. Every child in the country of the same grade would see the exact same lesson- (ie Teacher A would deliver a lesson in addition. Every kindergarten child would see this same teacher deliver the same lesson) Every day a different teacher would deliver the prerecorded lesson so that there is a balance of perspective and style as well as practical description of work.
After each half hour subject lesson, there would be a half hour of practical application- like 100 math problems of what was just taught. There would be five teachers in attendance per room to give hands on guidance to students that might need help with the lesson. Only today’s lesson would be discussed though- no going back to go over something, no going forward with harder things. As with onscreen teachers, these hands on teachers would rotate weekly (the hands on teachers would be routinely shipped off to another area each week so that every child in the country has the ability to have the same teacher)
There would be some homework to reinforce things the student had trouble with that day. Children would also be required to read a book a week (their choice from list of grade level books) and write a paper or project that would be due on Mondays.
The subjects that would be taught would be: grade level appropriate Literature, Composition, History, Math, Science, Mandarin, Spanish, Home Economics (including basic home maintenance), Chess, Athletics, Music, art, culture/comportment and hobbies/games. Not all subjects would be taught every day.
Children in preschool to third grade would be exposed to a variety of music, art and physical things. At the end of third grade each child will be tested for their aptitude and assigned extras based on where their strengths lie. For example- child A excels at piano, needlework and golf. After third grade, this child will be tutored in these area so that they could become a master in them. Every child must have three areas in which to master.
At the end of eighth grade students would be given an aptitude test for academic subjects. The subject that they score highest in will allow them to take an extra period of that subject. Whatever they do worst in will be dropped- Our piano playing, needleworking golfer will get an extra period of math and one less of composition.
At the end of twelfth grade students are tested on all things learned in school and given the next path. Our math, golf, piano, needlework student has been deemed as an accountant intern. They will spend the next seven years learning the trade and putting it into practical application. They will also be allowed to compete in amateur golf outings.
Every student gets the exact same opportunity to experience all subjects and areas, from a variety of teachers. They will have been taught by different races, nationalities, genders. They are given a chance to thrive in an area that they have aptitude for. They each have the exact same things…
Is this really a dystopian universe?
Are there merits to this?
Are there detriments?
I edited this from the way it first appeared this morning. I rarely use notes and after I published I realized that I had forgotten to add things…oh well…