Longer school days
Longer school years
Better pay for teachers
More charter schools
More public vouchers for private schools
Weakening teachers' unions
Reallocation of funding (e.g. on a state level instead of on a district level)
Firing teachers who fail to perform to the standards the school board expects
More online education, replacing some brick-and-mortar schools
Greater funding did not receive much of an effect, if any at all (much to the confusion or outright frustration of researchers), school choice likewise makes sense, but again, has mixed if not little results. Increased pay for teachers helps the profession seem attractive, but has it produced remarkable results on student output? I do not recall so....
Perhaps some things can be slightly improved or greatly improved in one area or another through one or more means of reform, but I am reluctant to believe we know with exacting detail what will work for the greatest number of citizens. I think it was Peter Rossi who said something to the effect of... the better the test, there is an increase for the likelihood that the effects are zero.
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"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
Longer days and longer years? How about we stop putting so damn much on kids backs and let em be kids. I would like to see shorter days and years.
Quality over Quantity works and we need to start using that concept more.
~Following My Own Flow~
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
My biggest gripe with education right now is the method honestly. Its became wholey a system of memorization and mimicry rather than teaching kids HOW to learn. The ability to grasp the benefits of hard work, reason, and how to understand things are more important than any individual fact you end up learning in school. With the more and more schools have been slaves to a singular cirriculum that determines how good or bad they're rated, the more and more we shift from teaching people how to THINK and more teaching them how to memorize. To me, that's a problem.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
Teacher pay needs to be increased so that intelligent people will take the jobs. No one who possesses the proper intellect and talent would work for a teachers salary when they can make much more money in other sectors and careers.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?