Mike Kueber's Blog

March 29, 2012

An open letter to State Board of Education member Ken Mercer

Filed under: Education — Mike Kueber @ 10:17 pm
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Dear Ken,

Hope things are going well for you at work.  Have you heard that Rebecca Cervera is running for Congress in the Valley – District #15?  I think she has the Right Stuff.

Regarding your avocation – the Texas Board of Education – I have a suggestion that I wish you would consider.  While reading a new book about decision-making called Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, I was intrigued by the author’s suggestion that high school students should be taught the generic subject of decision-making.  I use the term “generic” because I am referring, not to a particular subject-matter like making financial or personal-relationship decisions, but rather to a way of thinking that identifies and overcomes common decision-making flaws like having too little information, too much information, stereotyping, etc.  This is the kind of education that will benefit our high school graduates for the rest of their lives.

Of course, teaching decision-making as applied to particular subject-matters would also be helpful.  I suspect that there already are classes to help kids make intelligent financial decisions.  If there aren’t, there should be.  I would be surprised, however, if there are classes to help kids in making relationship decisions, and I can’t think of anything that would improve their lives and help them avoid mistakes more than a class on developing and maintaining good relationships and avoiding or ending toxic ones.

One of the goals of a high school education should be to prepare our kids for a productive and satisfying life.  And making good decisions, especially concerning money and personal relationships could serve as a cornerstone.


Mike Kueber