Let me preface this blog with: I am not talking about Spencer Schools only. This is a state and federal issue.
Algebra, Geometry, Consumer Finance, Industrial Arts (shop), Family & Consumer Science (home ec)...so many choices and those are only a few of them but which ones make the most sense for students?
Let's start with middle school. I'm not sure when they decided that it would be a good idea for girls and boys to both take home ec and shop but I believe it is a good idea. I think the curriculum should reflect everyday living rather than skills that are optional according to personal preference. I just don't believe that learning to sew or woodworking are pertinent to everyday living for most people. Cooking, household budgeting, grocery shopping, laundry, basic car maintenance, changing a tire, household or outdoor maintenance of homes and the things that go with them...that's pertinent to everyone.
Let's talk about HS curriculum. I will never understand why it is more important for a student to learn Algebra before personal finance. Wouldn't it make more sense to first teach them how to work out a budget and a checkbook first? What about teaching them the ins & outs of car loans, home mortgages, rental agreements, and employment tax forms etc. Why not save Algebra, Geometry and Calculus for those who want to choose those as careers? And who came up with the idea of making them requirements for college? If a student is of the creative nature and will go on to study for a more creative job, why waste time with Algebra? Take those in college after the decision is made.
It just seems to me that we would have young adults much more prepared for adult life if changes were made to such things as these. Any thoughts?