Life Learning School System

Schools need to be run more like the real world if students are to get a true understanding of the kind of environment that they will find themselves in. In the new type of school system I propose, the curriculum would be tailored to the needs of each student by instructing them in the subjects that they need while they are actively engaged in them.

The teachers would team-teach not only the subject material that needed to be imparted to the student but they would do it in conjunction with the activity that the student would be engaged in. The objective would be to allow each student to advance by developing their own interests at their own pace. Schools would be year-round and open-ended. Graduation would be confirmed when a student completed a required course of study which consisted of instruction and examination.

The core subjects like reading, writing, math, etc. would be applied to the various subjects that the student would be interested in learning about. Each subject that a student would choose to learn about would be used to link to other subjects that they would also have to know if they were to understand the subject that they were interested in.

This would allow students to build a course of instruction based on their interests leading to a diploma. Diplomas would require the completion of examinations in a set of core subjects that would define it. These diplomas would be varied according to the subjects that the student had successfully completed.

Economic Self-Management…

If students are to be made more accountable, then they should be able to interact with each other as they would in the real world. Students should be able to invest in each other within a school.

Students should be taught how to market themselves to the greater world. This instruction would start by marketing themselves to each other. Students would form school businesses that would be able to manage their schoolmates’ entrepreneurial actives. This would teach them budgeting, etc.  There could also be a school bank that would hold student accounts and would issue school currency.

Students should be able to sell their capabilities to one another, which would lead to a more supportive climate within schools. This would help students to develop an entrepreneurial approach to meeting each others school needs. The students with particular proficiencies would be able to sell their capabilities to those students that needed help in those subjects. The entire school would be able to invest in the school businesses that they felt showed the most promise.

The school could also sponsor school businesses designed to provide student goods and services to the wider community. This would allow students to invest as well as take a direct part in forming businesses that could then crossover into the larger economy with the graduates becoming their managers and employees.

This would also allow graduates to remain together after graduation and working in a business of their own making within their own communities.  This would provide the public with an indication of the capabilities of the students that were receiving diplomas.

Student Self-Governce…

The school would also form school legislature that would self-govern the activities of the students. The legislature would hold elections for school offices and manage the governance of the student body. The school government would represent the student body to the school administration.

The school government would manage the student services that the student body would provide to each other like tutoring, peer counseling etc. The school government would also help organize the student committees that would be formed to provide the various activities of the school.

School Courts…

Students would be taught to act as judges and juries as well as function as prosecutors and defense attorneys. They would learn how to make the laws that would govern the relationships between students civilly and economically. These school relationships would govern everything including the responsibilities that each student would have toward every other student that they would have a school relationship with.

This would also allow students to bring grievances by bringing issues of concern to the attention of the school court that would then make rulings on them based on their own laws.

Comments

9 Responses to “Life Learning School System”
  1. Jessica Delijani says:

    The problem with present America is that everyone is constantly thinking about how to make more money and will put down anyone that gets in their way. Morality between individuals is quickly starting to disappear and it’s becoming a dog eat dog society. One thing this proposal would do is that it would help students work together and build stronger, more personal relationships in college that is lacking in this self centered society. On the contrary, another direct effect that would arise from this proposal is that America would become an even more money focused society due to the teaching of marketing, managing, and influencing at a very young age. This would result in a more manipulative and self gaining brand of citizens. I believe that the idea of a school court proposal is very creative and would benefit many people who are pursuing careers as lawyers or judges, but not for people who are pursuing different career choices. In the long run I don’t think this would be the best option for all school systems; however I think that this school plan could work wonders for a business school or even a law school.

  2. Art 101: JDelijani says:

    The problem with present day America is that everyone is constantly thinking about how to make more money and will put down anyone that gets in their way. Morality between individuals is quickly starting to disappear and it’s becoming a dog eat dog society. One thing this proposal would do is that it would help students work together and build stronger, more personal relationships in college that is lacking in this self centered society. On the contrary, another direct effect that would arise from this proposal is that America would become an even more money focused society due to the teaching of marketing, managing, and influencing at a very young age. This would result in a more manipulative and self gaining brand of citizens. I believe that the idea of a school court proposal is very creative and would benefit many people who are pursuing careers as lawyers or judges, but not for people who are pursuing different career choices. In the long run I don’t think this would be the best option for all school systems; however I think that this school plan could work wonders for a business school or even a law school.

  3. Jamie Eustice says:

    I understand the idea and importance of making a student more accountable for his/her education but i think that there is a level of responsibility that should be met as the student moves up in grade. To have a set level of responsibility that is to be acheived the student must now that this standard actually is posisble to meet and not there to overwhelm. As for the economic aspect of this new learning system, I think in classroom projects that relate to this would be the most helpful, to turn a school into an economic statement seems a little bit too much but I absolutely support the practice of economics in the classroom. Although preparation for the real world is very important, i still believe in preserving the “school setting” and not making it too much like a business. Depending on the age group, I think the student court systems could possibly be a good idea but again changing the school system that much may be overwhelming for the students and in the end back fire. In order to successfully integrate these ideas into schools today, it would have to be taken slowly and less firmly from an early age. I am all for the “real world” interaction in school, I just think for it to be effective it needs to be carefully introduced with a positive way of thinking.

  4. Lori Edukugho says:

    Thanks for thinking outside the box. Alot of great ideas were presented here. I particularly like the tailored curriculum, economic self- management, and student self- goverance. I’m all for reaching students at an early age with learning opportunities. Incorporating this in either 4th or 5th on up to secondary school would be great. I’m not so much feeling the school court, I think it’s a bit much.

  5. Lester Telon says:

    I hope this doesn’t offend anyone.. but honestly at this point public schools are a joke. Yes they’re free so I guess we get what we paid for (in this case nothing). Thats not to say I don’t appreciate public schools because my family probably couldn’t afford private school, but reform is needed. Getting into community college I was not prepared for the onslaught of material that was thrown at me. And I took AP’s in high school but wow studying is required more than it ever was in high school. And students are babied and even then the drop out rate is sky-rocketing. One of the biggest complaints that my friends and I have is that high school didn’t prepare us for the real world. A good idea my music history teacher had was giving a test every two years to teachers to see if they were still capable of teaching. While I don’t remember what the test would be composed of, I think it would help weed out the teachers that just pass you for existing. Or teachers that only teach what they want. My honors bio teacher refused to teach evolution. She gave us a packet of work sheets on the subject which we knew nothing about.

  6. Lester Telon says:

    I hope this doesn’t offend anyone.. but honestly at this point public schools are a joke. Yes they’re free so I guess we get what we paid for (in this case nothing). Thats not to say I don’t appreciate public schools because my family probably couldn’t afford private school, but reform is needed. Getting into community college I was not prepared for the onslaught of material that was thrown at me. And I took AP’s in high school but wow studying is required more than it ever was in high school. And students are babied and even then the drop out rate is sky-rocketing. One of the biggest complaints that my friends and I have is that high school didn’t prepare us for the real world. A good idea my music history teacher had was giving a test every two years to teachers to see if they were still capable of teaching. While I don’t remember what the test would be composed of, I think it would help weed out the teachers that just pass you for existing. Or teachers that only teach what they want. My honors bio teacher refused to teach evolution. She gave us a packet of work sheets on the subject which we knew nothing about.

  7. Maya Berko says:

    This concept is slowly taking effect into schools as we speak. The problem is that in highschool for example, students are afraid to express their personal views in fear of a social opposition from the students who hold the power. This happens in every school whether we like it or not. The only way to trulycombat it is to ask a friend or rely on the students who arent afraid of speaking out, to speak for them. Initiallizing the true representation of students. I completelyagree with student economics and your reform ideas about knowledge for the real world that waiting for them, but on that not, i truly disagree with your ideals of a student coart. It just empowers the children who think they run their school, and will in effect suppress the students who dont have the confidence to efficiently stand up for them selves and speak for what they believe in. Asimmature as the idea of social pressures of school stopping a justiv=ce system, that is exactly the case. Our school needto grow and mature in order to provide the economical intelligence this era of students needs in order to succeed.

  8. Guillermo Ortiz says:

    Schools must instruct students to have a more profound meaning to have an education. In our schools especially high schools we must demonstrate students how the real world is, and that one day they will be part of a society that is run by the next generation. In a sense schools have lost the meaning for knowledge and has pushed more into a prior thing to do to go to college and make some Money. I believe that the school system must instruct student how to manage things that really matter, such as running a government, understanding the meaning of having an education. “There is things that mater more then just making Good Money”

  9. Dianna Nomanim says:

    I believe our school system has to be based on our kid’s abilities and their interests and that each student has a unique personality. While some kids can do better with one teacher, others may not necessarily excel with that same teacher. Every individual is unique in his or her learning abilities and every teacher has a different format for teaching. Students need the ability to choose their teachers in order to thrive in their learning abilities. Students also have to be motivated to do their homework. Giving students excess and unnecessary homework leads to stress and unacceptable teaching methods, yet these formats are used on a daily basis and should not be accepted. I believe this is why the drop out rate is so high. The school officials must listen to their students. Things have changed, which is why we have to change our school system too.

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