Today’s guest speaker on Inspiration Avenue is a good friend of mine, Joseph Grano. He read my letter (also found in the An Experiment tab on this blog) about education. Joseph is only a sophomore in high school, but this article really impressed me nevertheless. I’m not saying sophomores don’t impress me, don’t get me wrong here… Well, without further ado, here’s Joseph Grano’s New Education System proposal:
The question has been raised in reference to the effectiveness of the current
educational system. Modern education consists primarily of twelve years of general
education, four years of more specialized education and then up to four more years of
education to really specialize in a speciﬁc area. However, I do not believe this is the
most effective way to go about educating people. It is not the most effective education
because it does not take into account the aspect of interest for a subject during the ﬁrst
twelve to fourteen years, and it is too long of a period for people to learn what they
need to, and it teaches unnecessary subjects that will not be used in the future by the
First off, interest for a subject is an essential aspect of effective education.
Students do not learn a subject, for which they have little or no interest very well.
However, a person may not know exactly what they have an interest in. For this I
propose an alternate system composed of three different parts:
The ﬁrst part is an exposure period. This is a period where the student is exposed to many different
subjects in order to ﬁnd which one interests them. This period would last 4-6 years
during which the student would be shown a wide variety of subjects in the ﬁrst 2-3
years. For the next 2-3 years they would go more in depth to certain subjects based on
their interest level. For example, if a student is given 14 subjects to learn in the ﬁrst two
years, they would then narrow the variety down to seven subjects in the next year. Then
the following year they would narrow it down to 4 subjects. Finally in the next year, they
would choose one or two subjects that they ﬁnd great interest in. This brings us to the
next level of the education– learning.
The student is obviously learning this whole time, however, during this time the
student becomes very familiar with the subject he or she has found an interest in.
During this time he or she would learn all of the subjects directly associated with the
subject they have chosen. For example if they chose to study engineering, they would
learn all of the mathematics and science that is required to be an engineer. This period
would last three to four years. This would be an intense time of learning all of the
subject matter. They would learn all of the theoretical parts to this education. However,
as it is said, “experience is the best teacher,” so this can not be all.
The third and ﬁnal level of education is the application of the knowledge that the
student has acquired thus far. Continuing on with the engineering example, the student
would be put into an apprenticeship with an engineer. They would learn the ins and outs
of the jobs. They would learn how to put all of there knowledge to use so as to better the
world around them. This period can last as long as needed for the student to feel fairly
comfortable with the profession. Then when the student is ready, they will set off on their
own and will then be able to apprentice other engineers-to-be.
This system solves all three problems, a person is free to choose their own
interest and to study and specialize in that ﬁeld, students do not learn unnecessary
information that gets in the way of or simply wastes time during their education. This
system also can function faster or slower based on the pace of the student.