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My school has Archery in Jr High and used to in High school, until someone stole the Bows and Arrows. But, it was a unit in PE, not stand alone. I agree that schools should have a wide variety of subjects so, if anything, we should add classes and keep the current ones also.

If you need Kendo and Archery, then that sounds more of an after school sports program, not an actual class in my opinion.


I think those could be actual classes or thing you could do during PE, students would learn about other cultures, might make them less ignorant.


True, students should learn more about other cultures to open their minds up more. I was saying to have them be PE units and not stand alone classes. And have after school programs for the 2 sports instead of having an actual year long class for the 1 subject.

Do you get what im saying?


Oh sorry, I don't read carefully enough.

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If you don't like art then go to a high school that doesn't have it in it's programs. Also, both archery and Kendo are sports. So if you want to have and try it then maybe you should ask your PE teacher if you can arrange something whit a Kendo or Archery club, that way you'll get to try it out
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Just make more things available. Perhaps make current subjects less mandatory, especially in high school.

Oh, and it's goal should be to prepare students for the future, not to prepare students for school.
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higher level math as mandatory classes, most people wont use anything over level 2 algebra in there careers. if your career that you plan to pursue requires higher level math than councilors should place you in those classes according to that otherwise that's a waste of time, like a hour a day 5 days a week, i would much rather use that time to extend other classes.
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as an engineering student I hate subjects like biology and history :P

I would remove all the leadership bullshit though

those classes are worth nothing and you are either born a leader or not, it's not something you can teach
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Get rid of Gym class and replace it with an elective of your choice.
Posted 5/23/15 , edited 5/23/15
1) First and foremost, remove P.E.. This was literally useless in my experience, and even the people who did like it only really liked it because they weren't studying and were, more often than not, playing games (sports). It's a waste of precious time. If kids want to play sports and whatnot, they can still do it after school in clubs or for fun.

2) Mandatory courses in art - both the visual arts and art music. I discovered my love for music much later than I should have because my school didn't teach music. Because of this, I never seriously thought music was an area I could pursue. The only areas that were "open" to me were math, science, and language arts - none of which I truly like, so I pursued the one that was least offensive to me instead of what would become my true passion (music). Now i'm far behind where I should be in my music knowledge and currently majoring in something I hate. Luckily i'm persistent, but I know many people who have dropped out of college because of similar scenarios.

3) Mandatory courses in technology. Schools are already doing this, I think, but I want to make sure. All students should know how to type, know some very basic principles of coding (nothing too advanced), and should know how to use technology to accomplish what they need to do (utilizing word, excel, doing online research, making presentations in powerpoint - all that good stuff).

4) Encourage interesting and diverse electives. Electives shouldn't be things like art and music. Some people will actually go into those fields and it's a valuable part of our culture - both current and historic. Therefore, they should be mandatory. Electives should be more specialized to interests students might want to pursue but aren't vital to their education. Culture is a part of education, i'd argue.

5) I'm honestly torn about foreign languages. On the one hand, I think getting basic exposure to the process of learning another language is very valuable - both in learning the language and in understanding how languages work in general (including your own). On the other hand, foreign language isn't a "field" people will really be going into. Furthermore, in order to really learn it, they'll need to dedicate time to it on their own. They're never going to learn a full language over the course of their time in school. They may get all right at it - but I doubt they'll ever get fluent from it. Finally, there are a variety of foreign languages to learn, and not all of them are useful or interesting to everyone. Maybe someone really needs to learn Arabic, well taking courses in French isn't going to help them much. Learning how languages work in general from their English classes might do them more good in transitioning to Arabic. For me, it seems like the cons outweigh the pros and foreign languages should be electives - not required. But like I said - i'm torn.

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One more point i'd like to make about art - we already teach one version of it in English. If you want to learn grammar and sentence structure, you could get that from reading a freaking instruction manual. We don't have our children read instruction manuals though - we have them read Shakespeare, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and have them read the poetry of Shelly, Keats, and Byron. This is art - the art of language. We teach them this not because we expect them to be the next Shakespeare, but because we want them to learn culture. However, we are biased towards the field of language. Culture is equally important in the visual arts and music - as these are the things that define our culture throughout history. We teach culture from language but not from the other arts? Bias I say! Nothing but bias!
Posted 5/23/15
Talk to your advisor(s), they may help you make an informed decision that's right for you.
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Education needs to be improved, as far as I know, in America.
Like, REAL badly.

Yeah now they someone want times in the week where they should sit in groups by race to understand eachother (junior high and maybe even earlier and so on)
Where they basicly have to point at eachother saying these guys are different from these guys.. Would make hell for someone and what about some schools with bad repuation about how they accept black skinned people and if only 1 with black skinned child has to be put away from the others or vice versa would target them so badly would it not?
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I'm not sure what you're talking about but I wasn't even referring to that.
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NanaDreamCrusher wrote:
Get rid of Gym class and replace it with an elective of your choice.

Its quite need full if it actuly is done right and would help more learning (because of better health? or only for few?)
Atleast there could be a choice between hard or more simple traning that I would agree to (even though not all schools got the best areas to train in etc)
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anzn wrote:
I'm not sure what you're talking about but I wasn't even referring to that.

Well just something that have happend the past weeks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5B5Iw76P28 20:00 (everyone choose "not sure!")
And yeah I know you maybe did not talked about that, and did you hear about what few wanted about history lessons like take away 2nd WW because it was not importent?
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I would like to pursue things I actually have an interest in, and can help me in life, for one. I can finally do that now, but I feel like I've wasted my teenage years just doing classes I have no interest in whatsoever. All that time could have been learning about something I actually liked, but instead, I've driven myself to the brink of sanity. I mean I suppose knowing general math, science, etc. is good, but the credits required are ridiculous. I'm not going to use any of this stuff realistically unless I were planning on becoming a mathematician or a scientist. Or a god damn TEACHER. They offered a Finacial Literacy/Adult roles class, but didn't even explain how to pay BILLS, or fill out applications. They just gave us definitions and vague information about careers.

I could have gone to a charter school or finished up quickly with online school. But my choices were limited because my parents were opposed to them. And I was the minor. So I must obey them.

I seriously feel like I just wasted a bunch years of my life I will never get back.
Posted 5/23/15


Ok no offense but I'm not watching all that especially since it's 50+ minutes. I already disagree what the description says & what the guy said in the first 25 seconds.
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