View Poll Results: Which of these things would improve education in the US?

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  • Longer school days

    14 16.47%
  • Longer school years

    31 36.47%
  • Better pay for teachers

    29 34.12%
  • More charter schools

    27 31.76%
  • More public vouchers for private schools

    34 40.00%
  • Weakening teachers' unions

    42 49.41%
  • More funding

    31 36.47%
  • Reallocation of funding (e.g. on a state level instead of on a district level)

    27 31.76%
  • Firing teachers who fail to perform to the standards the school board expects

    50 58.82%
  • More online education, replacing some brick-and-mortar schools

    17 20.00%
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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    I'm a teacher. The number one reason that kids are failing is because their homelife STINKS on ice. It's SO frustrating to see a kid who has GREAT potential, but ZERO assistance or positive reinforcement at home. Many kids have to deal with abuse of themselves or family members, neglect, hunger, fear, drugs....whatever it is. How the hell am I supposed to bring a 5th grader who reads on a 1st grade level up to par when he spends the majority of his life worrying about his next meal or if he'll need to defend his mom from some abuser?

    I know it sounds cliche, but the breakdown of the home is THE reason our students are failing. All the other reasons pale in comparison.


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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    I know it sounds cliche, but the breakdown of the home is THE reason our students are failing. All the other reasons pale in comparison.
    I don't think it's cliché at all to suggest that moral decline is the primary cause for declines in other, more measurable, qualities of life. It's an anvil that needs to be dropped.

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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    When Winston pointed out a graduation rate of 70% , Albert said this

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    That's a recipe for a second rate America.
    I would be most interested in knowing when you feel we had a first class America and what the graduation rate was at that time?
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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    When Winston pointed out a graduation rate of 70% , Albert said this



    I would be most interested in knowing when you feel we had a first class America and what the graduation rate was at that time?
    We will have a first class America when most of the engineering students at the University of California at Berkeley's School of Engineering aren't citizens of the People's Republic of China.

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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    We will have a first class America when most of the engineering students at the University of California at Berkeley's School of Engineering aren't citizens of the People's Republic of China.
    So we have never had a first class America?
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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot 88 View Post
    *Better discipline, possibly corporal punishment
    *Expansion of online learning
    *Teaching incentives
    Teaching incentives = if you're stupid, you're fired.
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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    delink teacher pay from seniority and tie it to performance. get rid of tenure.

    increase parent choice

    cease social promotion of students

    that will help the school system.

    but Mellie points out probably the biggest issue; we have to alter our system that has encouraged massive increase in the number of single-parent households.

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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    I don't think it's cliché at all to suggest that moral decline is the primary cause for declines in other, more measurable, qualities of life. It's an anvil that needs to be dropped.
    Moral decline = liberalism

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    Re: Which of these things would improve education in the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    You missed the most important two IF you want to catch up with other nations on international standardized test scores:

    1- a national educational curriculum where the entire USA learns the same things from the same books and materials and takes the same tests which measure what is actually learned in ever classroom in America. Until you do that, you are NOT measuring what is actually taught in classrooms or learned in classrooms since we have thousands upon thousands of different school systems devoid of uniformity in curriculum which many other nations have notably Japan.
    I am curious why you think that removing competition will actually encourage better results. In my own opinion it would seem that if schools offered different standards, curriculum, books, materials, etc it would be better. If people are given a choice I would think most would go to the superior schools.

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