There Can Be No Politics When Educating Public School Students

Students within the American public school system have to be taught the following basic disciplines:

Spelling

Writing

Reading

Arithmetic

Geography

Science

History

The curricula are the most important aspects in developing well-educated students. Along with the disciplines, students need intellectual curiosity about the society in which they currently live, and the eras which came before they were even born.

When there is a concerted effort to toss out publications considered offensive, sanitize history to make it less disturbing, that is the wrong approach in educating students within the public school system.

The approach can be looked upon as narrow-minded, selfish, and an instrument in promoting disharmony.

American history is imperfect! It always has been and always will be. Be that as it may, hiding said history from students does nothing but make them intellectually weak, contrary to the premise of public schools as an educational body.

As an aside, the constant listening to music with disgusting lyrics is one of the most crucial aspects in society guaranteed to destroy a young person’s psyche.

Where’s the noise on that subject?!

To the educators:

Teach students to read extremely well (which is actually the most important skill a person can have!), and then let them read:

Twain

Baldwin

Frost

Shakespeare

Ishiguro

Dostoevsky

That famous yin and yang: Washington & DuBois

Steinbeck

Lorraine Hansberry

Thoreau

The Diary of Anne Frank

Hemingway

Langston Hughes

Richard Wright

…which is a mere sampling of excellent reads!

Removing certain publications from the educational discourse take away important conversations between the young and their parents, opportunities to learn about the sufferings other racial and ethnic communities experienced, and closes the mind entirely. Removing certain publications from the educational discourse is analogous to believing that members of society always had cell phones and computers in their households, which is totally inaccurate.

Intellectual curiosity fosters healthy, smart dialogues, with the possessor having a skill to use in many areas of life. A life being unafraid, and least offended because they understand that imperfection.

Vikki

Novels, Imagery – Cognitive and Life Advantages

There are several positive aspects to bring forward about imagination.  Let’s begin.

  • Radio Dramas.  Imagination.  The subject got me thinking about the generations of people who were alive before television was invented.  They listened to radio dramas, became accustomed to visualizing, got involved with the plight of the characters, and listened everyday to those programs.

Audio books, and the following resources, are fun and relaxing activities to improve this important cognitive function.

    1. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Fiction Podcasts
    2. BBC Radio Dramas
    3. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Fiction Podcasts

Vikki

Reading – A Cognitive Function*

Books

If you’re like me, you love reading!  And the more we read the more proficient we become in language skills, and improve other cognitive areas.

A thrilling mystery and literature are two of my favorite genres to read during leisure time. What are some of yours?

*Would you believe I had a slight stuttering problem as a child?  True.

Vikki