Monday, January 28, 2008

IQ & credit rating - perfect together

Are we part of the problem or part of the solution?

Because just when I want to feel good about myself, my job, and the entire spectrum of education in America, Mr. McLeod shares this little nugget of sadness:

"Two Million Minutes until high school graduation…Two Million Minutes to build their intellectual foundation…Two Million Minutes to prepare for college and ultimately career…Two Million Minutes to go from a teenager to an adult...
How a student spends their Two Million Minutes - in class, at home studying, playing sports, working, sleeping, socializing or just goofing off -- will effect their economic prospects for the rest of their lives.
How do most American high school students spend this time? What about students in the rest of the world? How do family, friends and society influence a student's choices for time allocation? What implications do their choices have on their future and on a country's economic future?"
Good to know that all we're really here to do is prepare our cherubs to earn money. Had I known that the ultimate objective of education pertained to earning potential and pecuniary matters, then I would have never invested so much of my college days writing feces-infested objective statements like:
To increase student comprehension of archetypes in contemporary American literature.

To learn the differences between simile and metaphor in Shakespearean tragedies.

To promote positive dental hygiene.
Perhaps it's time for a new wave of objective statements. Time to excavate the foundation and pour a new, economically-infused base that focuses on global stage readiness:
To promote consumerism through in-class celebrations of material goods.

To acquire a job with an earning potential greater than those of your peers while still maintaining an air of pseudo-interest in the lives of others.

To forge a global industry while simultaneously outsourcing, down-sizing, and reducing employee benefits.
Do you hear that?

tick tock, tick tock...cha-ching...cha-ching...

1 comment:

Scott McLeod said...

Ken, I like your post. Like you, I think it's possible for the rhetoric to go beyond simply preparing students for global workforce change to viewing them as pawns of corporations, so we have to be careful with our language and our intent. That said, we also want our children and grandchildren to have personally-fulfilling jobs that allow them to make a decent living! The age-old tension continues...