Education has been struggling ever since Dewey and those of similar ideology infiltrated the United States educational system. The substitution of the curriculum filled with a collective education for the previous individual exceptionalism, guided by Divine Providence has done nothing to improve the state of the young and their need for learning and advancement. Children have been systematically losing ground over decades with each class struggling more than the next and the level of achievement dropping and dropping in comparison to the rest of the world.
Many thought that making the entire nation fit into the same shoe size would work as was propounded by Dewey and others of the Fabian Socialist mind set. Getting the kids all together, with no emphasis on individual pace or capacity, in a ‘Common Core,’ setting is the latest attempt to fix things in the minds of the youthfully educated. Perhaps ClassDojo will come to the rescue as teachers now have eliminated the ‘homework’ assignment and sent the kids home with an invitation to their parents to join in the effort to solve this ever increasingly devastating problem of poorly educated youth in comparison to, for example, ‘The Greatest Generation,’ who not only created the biggest economic boom after winning World War II but also are credited with having all the babies of the baby boom generation.
Class Dojo allows children and parents to interact throughout out the day on their smart devices so that parents can “learn too.” What will they be learning when classes are given that do not involve homework? How will a student perfect the lessons learned each day in Algebra or Physics without doing problem sets after school? Will they simply leave out those more challenging, homework driven courses as they have done in history by leaving out important topics such as the American Revolution? Will they leave out the historical facts that surrounded saving millions of lives in Japan by dropping the Atoms bomb instead of engaging in more fire bombing that was devastating many cities and killing millions more people of all cultures including American?
The ability ‘to connect’ is becoming the most important pastime these days in all aspects of life, including the class room, as has been the influence of social media, which can now be credited with starting and organizing the Arab Spring or where ISIS recruits its young new members right from the United States. Hopefully, parents becoming a minute by minute participant in the child’s education will replace some of these negative events from bearing fruit on social media where so many have been ‘connecting’ for dire consequences.
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