Education, Schooling, Learning, and the Difference Between Them
I'm in Chinese Comprehension, a class with an unclear charter and no curriculum, where the teacher has no control over the class and students only are here because she gives us access to laptops like the one I'm typing this on. I'm getting my first A for the year, and I don't even know what I'm supposed to be learning. Last period, I will have Art History, whose curriculum teaches me more than the sum of all my classes up to this point, and I learn more in one lesson than the entire rest of my classes for the rest of the year thus far. I failed that class last term, despite (or perhaps because) I actually learned. If we accept that the purpose of education is to give the youth learning and prepare them for their careers, and that grades are meant to represent the amount of learning an individual has done -- as conventional wisdom dictates -- it seems that the system has failed.
FRC Forum, what do you think is the cause of this failure? Is it the federal mandates? Is it College Board's nationally designed courses? Is it teacher's unions' prioritization of seniority over job quality? What are the problems in higher ed I don't even know to put into this post?
TL;DR: Education General Thread.