The Libertarian Party's Education (Counter-Counter) Proposal Edit
Note: This is a draft proposal that has yet to go before Parliament.
While we maintain that there are many benefits in Free Market Education, we can recognize that the government of /pol/ is not yet ready to embrace such a system in its entirety. We recognize the necessity of a publicly mandated option, and our proposal for such a system is as follows:
The government will provide an appropriate number of schools for an area based off census results, demographics, and other key considerations. These schools will operate on a standard schedule, the exact particulars of which will be determined by the board of governors and superintendent of each school district.
The size of each school district will be determined at the state level.
Teacher requirements, save their Montessori certification, will be determined by each individual district.
Class sizes will vary be region, but shall never be more than 20 individual students to each teacher. These schools will primarily use the Montessori Method (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education).
The System/Curriculum: Edit
The Montessori Method is an education approach characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and a respect for a child's natural psychological, physical, and social development. While a range of practices exist, the following are essential:
- Mixed age classrooms
- Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
- Uninterrupted blocks of work time
- A constructivist or "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials rather than by direct instruction
- Freedom of movement within the classroom
- Specialized educational tools/materials
- A properly trained teacher
As the Montessori system encourages freedom of choice, recommend a curriculum with few required subjects paired with many optional subjects. Each child can choose, for his or her self, what subjects they learn, and progress in those subjects at their own pace.
Required/Core Subjects: Subjects apply through grade school, middle school, and high school
We recommend the use of Singaporean math (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_math) which teaches students math concepts in depth and promotes true understanding.
We recommend a well-rounded introduction into science, which can give way to more in-depth study and true understanding.
Would include grammar, reading, writing, speaking, debate, etc.
Would include geography, politics/current events, government/economics, etc.
- Phys. Ed.
Would include team sports (specifically football), weight lifting, yoga, etc.
- Fine Arts/etc.
Would include drawing, paining, sculpture, band, music, choir, dance, theater, film, photography, etc.
- Computer Science
Would include typing, troubleshooting, programming, etc.
Additional subjects available at teacher/school/district discretion
Subjects offered at teacher/school/district discretion
- Second Language
- Dead Languages
- Dead Cultures/Anthropology
- Home Economics
Including Sewing, Mending, Cooking, Household Repairs, Child Care/Psychology etc.
- Metal Working
- Auto Shop
- Wood Shop
- Survival Skills/Weapon Skills
- Self Defense/Martial Arts
- Gardening/Animal Husbandry