A few people have made the comment lately that one of the major challenges we have in education is “What should we teach?” There is simply too much history and science and math and technology information available! We can’t possibly hope to cram it all into one little brain in eight or twelve or even twenty years. Here is my answer: “Why would we want to?”
No one needs to know everything there is to know.
We need to know the basics of our common history and culture.
We need to know how to solve problems and survive in an ever-changing world.
We need to know how to get along with each other.
We need to know how to make a living.
We need to know how to be a responsible citizen.
We need to know how to find information.
We need to know that we don’t know everything and that school is simply the foundation for a life-long pursuit of knowledge.
Our goal in education should not be to teach our children everything, but to instill in them the desire and the ability to continue to teach themselves.