I've been trying to figure out what education would look like if it were more socially and culturally integrated. I'm not suggesting multicultural or desegregated, but something more...I don't know.
I have no idea how it might be pulled together, but if somehow all of the subjects could be taught mostly at the same time, so that if you're reading something from a period, also be studying the history of the period, the state of science, the dominant forms of governance, cultural norms, etc. As history is studied, read texts from the period and examining the ways than language and meaning develop and evolve over time. I could imagine teaching in clusters of age groups rather than grades, and not really promoting kids but moving through the complexity levels as they developed the depth of knowledge and understanding that would be required.
I would have done better in school if my course work have made sense together, and if I had been allowed to move on or linger at my own pace. I could see sometimes being with kids 2-3 years older or younger depending on what day it was and what subjects were being considered. But I can't figure out how it would work or what it would look like.
There wouldn't be 6 or 8 lesson plans, one each per subject, but instead competent masters of multiple subjects would have to work together to develop lesson schemes. It seems like it would make school easier to tolerate and put some context into all of the various topics.
If you have not heard of John Taylor Gatto, then you may be in for a good experience learning from his words describing his experience teaching.
I think that his method is to ask the children what they want to learn and then challenge them to take their own path to reach that goal, with suggestions from the teacher. The reason this type of learning process works is self-evident in my opinion, but Gatto explains the process well enough to convey the truth about it. No need to trust an old guy who was once Teacher of the Year in NY City.
Another thing to consider as people seek higher quality and lower cost (advancements) in learning is the new technologies that move people away from old processes and people eventually move to new processes. Ubiquitous Interconnectivity (so-called Internet) affords everyone a cost saving whenever anyone cares to know something they do not yet know. How can that not end up improving the way children learn?
Will it take a (counterfeit) government Internet Schooling Program to move the school of fish in the direction of independent students learning precisely what they want to learn effectively, rapidly, and then moving onto the next goal? I don't think so, but people teach me how wrong I am all the time.
Being the bearer of bad news is a dirty job but somebody's gotta do it.....
The problems with public ed not just in the US but in many if not all other nations as well are foundational and not limited to things like Common Core and leftist indoctrination. In the US, the situation has reached a point of being so bad that our future pretty much depends on how many kids can be rescued FROM public ed.