Monday, March 9, 2015

Proposal for Research Paper

For my third and final major essay, the research paper, I had to write a proposal to write about what I wanted to write about.  The umbrella topic was education, and my first thoughts went to how education is broken in the USA.  From the concept that you cannot have imagination and grow up, to the leeching of fun out of it, to the idea that the entire high school system is based on trying to get people into an industrial plant, its all broken.

So, I thought and thought about how to write this short little thing, hoping it would end up being okay, and apparently it was.  So here it is, the proposal for my research paper:

            From experts to comedians to common citizens, many people say that education is somehow broken.  Many people even have concepts of how they would fix it, but normally those are crackpot ideas made by people that don’t understand what is wrong.
            Very few people seem to understand at all what actually is truly wrong.  Why do kids not want to go to school?  Why is so much emphasis put on only finding only one way to get one answer?  These are honestly all the wrong questions.  The correct question should probably go something like this: “Why are children so creative when they are born, where do they lose this creativity, and why are people not angry about it?”
            Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”  If imagination is the key to a genius mind such as Einstein’s, then why does public education go to such great lengths to emphasize knowledge and to kill creativity?  Is that what public education truly does?

            In my paper I seek to prove that education does indeed go out of its way to kill creativity and imagination, from the reluctant teachers to the policy makers.  I will argue that this is the key reason why our education system is broke, and once society understands this simple fact, only then can we begin to come up with a ‘better way’ to educate our youth.

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