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  • Writer's pictureJohn Shrawder

Why are these postings so elaborate?

The earlier postings may seem elaborate with much complex material. This is material that is intended to be part of class material for people in secondary schools. Some of the material may be controversial and difficult for some but I feel students are mature enough to handle it and I believe they need this material to understand and successfully engage with the issues they will face as they mature to age 30. It includes technical skills, self-management skills, and institution skills to help with the vocational, caring, and community responsibilities of being an adult.

I believe secondary school students must be presented with other material to help them achieve the four goals that will help them adjust to life after high school. The following is a summary of this material. Some has been more developed than others.

Critical thinking in the personal and public spheres – irrational influences on decision making, critical thinking in education, Information criticism including understanding reasons for inaccuracy and bias

Health – Life cycle, decision making, mental health, and emotional self-regulation

Career – Income and Happiness, Occupational Identity, College, and Employment

Approaching Education – Economics of Education, Education across the life cycle, Technical Skills, Credentials, Natural and Cognitive Abilities, Developing and Managing Contacts

Critical thinking in the Technical spheres – Communication Methods, Information Criticism, Logic, Problem solving and Decision Making

Other necessary material that I have not developed in as much detail

Ethics and interpersonal relationships – Etiquette and social skills, systems of ethics and moral reasoning, rights and freedoms, ethics and Religion in America, Charity, and the Arts,

animal and environmental ethics

Institutions and power – Variety of institutions in the United States, Roles in institutions, teamwork, power politics and conflict, followership and leadership, relationships between organizations, whistleblowing and civil disobedience

Ethics and sociology of caring and sex – Caring and rights, dependency and caring, caring and gender, sexuality- health and ethics, childhood, parenting, and marriage

History and civics – Historical reasoning, political theory, law, governments, civic participation, careers in law, activism, and public service

Math, Science, and Technology – Philosophy of Science, Math, science, and Technology today, history of math science and technology, connections between math, science and technology, math, science, and technology funding and innovation, careers using math, science, and technology

Media, Communications, and the Public Sphere – History of media, communications and public sphere, ethics in media, journalism, and the public sphere, mass communications- institutions, financing and production, careers using communication arts

Business, Economics, and Finance – Life cycle of personal decision making, personal financial decision making – budgeting, borrowing, investing, and risk, national income, financial markets, forms of business competition, ethics and law in business practices, financial management in institutions, careers in business and finance

Violent Crime, Policing, and War – History of violence, Life cycle of violence, current state of violence, policing, and incarceration, motivations to violence, ethical issues in violence, policing, and the military, careers in police, military, and criminal justice

In later postings, I will try to incorporate these into the eight curriculum areas currently taught in American secondary schools.

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