China, America, Arne Duncan discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory


A little pretense of giving power to, the local level Finland's clause I, exception but in places like Turkey Iran Russia China these places all have centralized minute ministries of education that she no qualms about controlling every, aspect of education, so, US secretary of education Arne Duncan a few years ago said we, need to look to China as a model. Of of educational system because they do, really fantastic on, standardized tests they've got something called the gal cow, which, is college college entrance exam, and it's affected Lee. Determines which ten percent of Chinese students will go to college and ninety Eighty percent, of, Chinese students won't go to college or at least a good kind of colleges at the very pyramidal structure. Where just the very top, are, saved, and, everybody else is in big trouble, and you know from my perspective the gal cows an awful exam because. It doesn't respect different kinds of intelligence that different skill sets that, young people possess and you know every year when the gal pal the results are now kids across China commit suicide. God notion that much pressure yeah under, pressure and disappointment and disappointed their, families they've lost face and for friends and family and so you know it's it's it's crazy It's crazy and you know some pe- some people want America to, have that kind of system and I say no way you know there's certain, great aspects of, American and. There's things like freedom and diversity and, respecting lots of different types of ways of living and yeah no I think that I think the trend to make American education. More like Chinese education is insane nNcholas told me about your thoughts about trying to gamma PHI education a turn everything into a video game yeah so you see this is in. Line with the, with the general, trend to get students on computers for more and more of the day and it starts with kindergarten and one of my. Classes at Fordham, I have students actually do the, video games that are being pitched to, kindergartners and. They're very very simple but. One, effect is that you know puts teachers in, the in the background and so in some. In some schools there, they, are, really put Pushing the limits of class size because there's just one teacher and just a a. Large group of, students all, staring at, ipads so that's one version of the education thing another is that people want to say that you can use games as a. Way to, measure, intelligence and I don't know if you're familiar with this game fortnight but it's you know it's. Spreading it's spreading the like wildfire among young people and lots of, teachers are, saying their students can't concentrate. In. School because all, they do is play fortnight outside of school and they talk with their friends about it and what it is is your. Job you dropped from an airplane and with a lot of other, players in the goal is to kill the other players and you collect weapons, and you devise, strategies to. Kill other people in the game hither, teaching kids this well so they're they're not you know school to my knowledge is using this but St. Sanford, just came out with this new report sort of saying hey, listen you know when kids play it they learn about angles and they learn about jumping you know when they jumped they have. To figure out the angle so I guess. You could argue that it's their learning math along the way and teachers can harnessed kids interest in. Fortnight as a way to to learn about things and they, can car, you know, science or. Geography or something and kids are learning social, skills by playing with other kids and what you want to say listen you know school is is something different than playing, video games and it just reveals the lack of seriousness from my perspective about the. Education conversations we're having in. This country if you think edge if you think fortnight has educational value you've lost sight, of what the value, of education is we used to have teacher nNcholas that would, love, to run movies in, class and, you know, it ate, up seventy five percent of his his, class time When we saw a movie I think he was show like, three, a, week out, of a five day, schedule I mean he just sat back and we, watched movies, yeah no yeah, I had I had.

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