The Educational Journey
Education is a journey through the universe. The universe is enormous and seems to have no end. If a person wants to be truly educated, he or she must spend years in school studying both important and trivial information. The material in the solar system represents the years a student spends in school. The remaining space in the universe is the endless learning one does outside of the classroom.
The sun may not be in the center of the universe; however, the sun is the central core of the educational journey. The sun is where the educational journey begins. The elementary school years, kindergarten through fifth grade, are important years for the student. The elementary school grades are the years where a student should get a grasp on the basics in education, the focus being on math and developing literacy. Students are learning how to read write the alphabet, and how to connect sentences to form paragraphs. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are also being learned by the student during these years. Little time is usually spent on science and history. Recently schools have spent so much emphasis is placed on math and reading because of the California state mandated test the Stanford 9. Other states are in the same position with their own state-mandated tests. Students miss out on other important subjects in the curriculum.
Teaching the subjects in the curriculum to a coeducational class may be difficult because boys and girls learn differently. Dave Thomas, who wrote an article, called "The Mind Of Man" argues that boys and girls learn differently point vehemently. He believes girls often have a difficult time in the classroom because the boys do all the talking (121). From personal experience, this is quite often the case. Girls are generally more shy than boys and will raise their hand less often to answer a question. On the other hand, Thomas argues that boys often have a hard time in the classroom when their teacher is female. According to Tony Moody, in Thomas' article, instead of encouraging the boys, female teachers may ridicule them for their aggressive behavior. This constant chastising is seen by male students and their parents as a lack of respect for the male student (121). However, Moody first came to this conclusion with the experience of his own son. Can a person who uses his own son as an example be taken seriously? After all, there are not many parents in this wold who will admit that their son or daughter could possibly be a troublemaker. Most parents are in denial, believing that their child is a perfect angel. I have experienced this numerous times when talking to parents about their children. Yet, students must get past this so called bias and grasp the concepts that will be the basis of the rest of their knowledge. Once a student has the basic concepts, the space shuttle can be boarded for the tour of the terrestrial planets.
The terrestrial planets are Mercury, Venus,...