After reading and listening to Jacobs on her new book, “Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World,” I wanted to hear more about this author and what she was about. I came across the video above and maybe some of you will find it very interesting as well.
I was not introduced to a second language (Spanish) before 6th grade (and that we not really a very intense introduction). I would say that a serious class on a second language did not start until I was a freshman in high school. Of course by this point, I can honestly say the few things that I can now remember to say are not going to really help me out. “Where is the library,” and “May I go to the bathroom,” will not keep a conversation going very long. The cool thing that I took from this video was that the person who came in and taught English was also teaching German. These kids were also half the age I was when I started taking a foreign language. Did I mention that I also remember how to say “pencil sharpener?”
Another part in this video that stuck me is that students are unable to find places on the map. Last year is a class I was asked to find Afghanistan on a map…. And this was a COLLEGE CLASS.
Out of the class of about 30 students, 2 knew where it was. Currently with a close friend serving overseas, I was not one of the two. I felt horrible. Out of the 30 students, about 5 where within a country or two. I was at least of of those. The rest, the other 23 students, were either on the wrong continent, or did not have a clue where to even begin. You would think a country we have been at war with for about ten years now, students would be able to find Afghanistan on a map.
This video reminded me of experiences I have had in the current education system and how I had to realize that somewhere along the lines, someone let me down. Someone was not able to provide me with a pice of knowledge as simple as finding a country on the map.