Open Letter to the President: Physics Education (by minutephysics)
I wish this weren’t a petition to the president. We increase spending again and again with no results. Why do we depend on the government for education? Even in this video it lists resources that don’t come from schools. The physics classes I’ve taken at BYU have been challenging, but the best help didn’t come from my teachers or my textbooks, they came from the internet. We need to stop telling kids they can only learn things in schools. Education can happen more than between 8 AM and 3 PM every day for 9 months out of the year. We live in the future! We have everything at our fingertips for the price of an internet connection, and we’re asking the president to make sure we learn more?
I was lucky enough to take AP Physics in high school with an MIT PhD as our teacher. Our high schools are a joke. They don’t want you to learn they want you to learn how to pass a standardized test. They want you to have basic knowledge, anything beyond that is up to you to discover and learn.