I know, it sounds radical, but lets consider it.
First: No one will argue with you about English and math being important. One in five people in Buffalo are functionally illiterate. People need to understand how to read and write. This will be a slam dunk. People need to understand how to compute numbers without the use of a calculator or an abacus. No one will argue these.
Second: You shouldnt have too much difficulty selling the history or science aspect of education. Believe it or not, hands-on experimentation in a science lab actually does promote learning in the student. We have studied it relentlessly, and, when students have something to work on (a Bunsen burner, a live specimen, etc), it fosters intellectual growth in ways that pictures dont. It will be a breakthrough in education.
In regards to history and foreign language, history adds exponentially to a students knowledge of the world. Foreign language classes not only add language understanding, but it may (we arent positive), but it may, add cultural empathy to students which helps in our growingly diverse nation.
Why do they need to understand the world? youre still asking.
Well, figure this: students will be eighteen at some point in their lives, probably when they turn eighteen. And then they can vote. I think I want to know that the people who are voting know what happened during events like the great depression and Watergate, or even current events like the war on terror and Iraq.
Third: Art, Physical education, and (whisper as to not alarm too many people) recess and free time. Im not sure how I can convince you, because I often wonder if people even understand what these elements of education are, but all of these are vital to cultivating growing children (both physically and mentally). I wont dare mention after school activities. Oh shoot, I just did. These activities work in allowing a student to free their mind from the contained curriculum pounding at them from the state. They learn that not only does light consist of seven different colors, but it also burns your skin if you stand in it too long.
But education today forgets that.
Therefore, I have proposed this radical new educational plan in an attempt to revitalize Buffalos educational system. I know it is radical, even shocking, but for some reason I have a premonition that this could work.
But thats just a request. I also have an idea for a pirate themed school. Youll probably snatch that one right up.
To Whom It May Concern:
The folowing is my proposal for a Charter School in the City of Buffalo. This is a bold new idea that I believe may help formulate interesting, caring, and driven future leaders. With this design, students will incorporate seven different areas of learning: English, history, foreign language, mathematics, science, physical education, and finally, the fine arts. It will also introduce students to a strikingly new eighth concept that used to be incorporated into regular schools: recess and free time.