ummmmm..... I go with option 4. Allow the states to run the education system(which they already do for the most part), and keep the federal government out of it.
The problem with federal involvement is that the federal government tends to give money with stipulations. The stipulations are usually political ploys meant to look good to the electorate, but they usually achieve very little. When the federal funding is accepted, those stipulations are enforced on schools. When they are shown to be failures they are not rescinded.
So what we should do is continue the public education system, and keep it at the state level. Eliminate the small amount of federal involvement.
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I think it's up the parents to instill basic knowledge to their kids, and up to the schools to uphold quality, unbiased education. The government should still provide civil education about the responsiblities and rights of citizens of x country.
Then again, I also think education needs to be reformed from this autocratic system to something more liberal, where students from a very young age can choose what to study.
I have learned over a long time that kids need iron discipline. I needed it, and didn't really get it.
Every child, with the possible exception of one who grew up and died in Judea long ago, is born a savage. His parents and other adults have just a few short years to mold him into something reasonably civilized.
Failure almost certainly guarantees a probably short lifetime of misery and destruction.
Childhood should be seen as an unsatisfactory condition which can be overcome with great effort, and patience (on the part of the child.)
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First, it is none of the Federal government's business. If they the Feds, play any role it ought to give loans and/or grants to students to spend where that student feels it is in that student's best interest. Sort of like the old National Defense Student Loan Program.
Education is best when control is kept at the lowest level possible and where there is freedom of choice offered to the students and especially the parents.
The excellence of a school is NOT measured in its football record or the number of computers in the classrooms. It is measured by the ability of the students to gain knowledge in the basics and the ability to think/reason for themselves.
In my world the parents would have choice of any public school they wanted. I don't like the ideas of mandatory school districts.
The vast majority of the people's money taken in the form of taxes would go to hiring the best teachers at the best wage we could give them.....screw the school buildings. Then I would hold them responsible for results....not effort.
Those are just a few simple jumping off few ideas in my world of education.
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