even though we know what we are doing isn't working.
I remember when I was a kid being forced to sit through subjects that had no real world use, presented in the most boring, painfully slow pace possible and resenting every minute of it.
Once a student has the core basics I think we should let them choose their courses more in line with a "university" type system. Even if the child wanders aimlessly from one subject to another until they decide what direction they want to choose in life they will still be learning better.
They will learn better because they will actually be interested in the subject of study,which makes one more engaged and more importantly they will be learning how to learn. What questions to ask, how to ask them and how to find the answer is much more important them memorizing dates of battles that happened centuries ago. I always thought it was much more important to learn WHY the battles were fought, not exactly to the day when.
With the readily available supply of information available to us today via the intertubes, if I have an "Oh Crap! How do I do that.." moment I can find the answer pretty darn quick.
Our current system focuses too much on trying to make kids experts in just a couple of subjects and virtually ignorant on the rest. leaving them unprepared for life. Our day to day lives are completely different then they were 100 years ago and yet the core structure of our educational system has remained virtually unchanged since that time.
I think many kids would thrive in an educational atmosphere where they have the opportunity to choose what they want to study and then have the instructor/teacher monitor their progress and set goals.
Obviously it would have to be much more complicated than this but I believe it could be done and I would love to see the results of a trial program.
All though I am not a breeder so what the hell do I know.