Inventing the Humanities

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

project proposal

I have debated for the last few weeks whether to write the biography or the manifesto. After a lot of thought, a trip to florida to see my grandmother, and run in with my principal, I am now going to write a manifesto. This manifesto will focus on the idiocy of the American schooling system. Students do not want to be in school. They suffer through the agonizing seconds of every period of every day. And then many end up failing. Few really care. My manifesto will explore the problems with this and offer solutions to the problem: Let students choose their path. Give them the opportunity to drop-out and explore the "real world". When it becomes fashionable for them to return to school, they will be allowed to after a one year waiting period...This is where I am with my project right now and my ideas can and will flourish and save the educational system of the United States of America.


At 11:03 AM, Blogger Nicole said...

Your manifesto proposal seems to tackle a very realistic problem in the American educational system: lack of interest. I totally agree that students suffer because academia will never be a part of their future--why should they participate if they lack an incentive? I am looking forward to reading your ideas about students exploring the "real world" and whether or not that tactic will reinforce the value of education and instigate their return to school.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Elissa said...

I think it would be good to how and why the idea of vocational schools has not advanced as much as it could have in the world of education. I know this may sound a bit extreme, but what if more students had to serve in some sort of post-High school military rotation?

At 5:46 AM, Blogger Jason Tougaw said...

Nicole and Elissa both offer great advice. I think it will be importnant to make your focus clear. You're really writing about apathy. Don't get too bogged down in trying to tackle all the wide-ranging problems of "education in America." You'll end up lapsing into generalizations. If you focus on the question of apathy, present a vivid portrait of the situation, and then offer some reflection on its causes, you'll be set up to offer some interesting (potentially radical?) solutions. Elissa's suggestion may be one of these, depending on what you think of them. You also offer others--for example, a more flexible timeline for education, with opportunities for time off to work. We are very far from a cultural situation like this, but the manifesto is about imagining what might seem impossible.


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