Letter: Learning theory

April 23, 2013


To the editor:

America has numerous problems waiting to be fixed or not to be fixed; some expand internationally. I am a firm believer of starting from the ground up. That means rebuilding our education system, not just fixing or tweaking but rebuilding completely. Our numbers do not compare well to other countries in terms of cost per student and success. Why is this? Well, it’s all about the program we fund, and it’s not working.

My suggestions include a more specialized education for every student, and classes devoted to teaching and understanding of consilience. Every kid learns differently and every kid has a special talent. In our current system kids have a hard time finding their talents and, if they do, it’s too late to give them the courses required to pull them in and interest them in that particular subject or area. Consilience will do just that. Consilience is the unity of knowledge and what I believe should be a subject in itself taught in public schools around the country.

Turns out very few people know about this and it is a shame because it really does give you an idea of how all knowledge relates to all other knowledge. I don’t have space to expound on what it can do for you and our children so I am going to suggest a book, the only book on this topic. The book is called “Consilience” by Edward Wilson.

We need to make that first step toward improving our education right here in Lawrence then expand it throughout our country.


KansasLiberal 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Any problems with the educational system begin at home. Parents today don't spend as much time with their children as previous generations since the majority of households are either broken or they need both parents to work full-time jobs. Fix the wage stagnation in America and the "problems" with the educational system will also get fixed.


tomatogrower 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes, but he fails to point out the people aren't willing to pay for it. They just want to spend money on a "test" that they want all kids to pass, so it looks good. If you could give teachers, the good ones, a free hand and the time to design a truly personalized education with the staff and equipment to support it they would. This would be without the interference of politicians, university experts, unless they have been in the classroom teaching, and even the parents. The parents, because many of them want to see that easy to understand A, B, C, D, F. A personalized system would have to get rid of those simple letter grades and list skills accomplished. You have seen how parents feel about complicated grade cards.


Paul R Getto 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Good points here. "We will not get school reform by reforming schools and keeping their present format."


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