- May 5, 2013
What are you, 80? Latin and cursive? Lol. This post is the embodiment of a large portion of our problems in the US of A. When teaching the next generations is looked at less favorably and with less value than some zero value add “business” and business for the same of business is worth more than an education … yeah, there are some fundamental structural and cultural problems.
I'm not 80, but the people designing and teaching the curriculum are - unfortunately. Students are being taught outdated skills instead of focusing on learning useful survival skills (because making the minimum amount of money to take care of basic necessities is key to a happy life).
I actually think a large portion of our problems in the USA is that people like you haven't done research on the education system and its origins, and mistakenly venerate it as some institution designed to provide education and personal growth to our children. In actuality, it was expressly designed to avoid personal growth - the reforms instituted during the industrial revolution were openly stated to equip students with the skills necessary to serve as labor.
This goes to the point of my post - school is largely pointless for this kid since he already is demonstrating the skills necessary to thrive in our modern society. I'm not sure why you think him sitting there and doing some busywork homework assignment in accounting class will help him more than practicing real-world accounting in his business. As for "teaching the next generation," he isn't going to learn anything that would make him "a better citizen" in an average high school; statistically speaking the majority of Americans can't even correctly answer what the three branches of government are. The education system already failed in that regard.