More jobs! Love it.2- American education is a factory system where each raw material progresses down an assembly line at the same pace. That must be done away with. Teach everyone the concept of one plus one is two. Those that master it move on. Those who do not go to another teacher for another approach until they do master it before moving on. Do that with everything you teach and some kids will graduate in eight year, some in twelve years, and some in even longer periods of time. It will cost Xdollars to educate some, 1.5Xdollars to educate others and 3X dollars to educate some.
Subjective brag: My niece is a senior in high school. Last year, Texas Christian showed up with other colleges to recruit students. Monica talked to the TSU rep and asked, "How can I get a meaningful scholarship at TCU?" The rep told her the story of a student that year who got a $100K scholarship...had a 32 on her SAT...lots of community volunteer experience...killer essays...part-time job in a leadership role. Monica had gotten a 31 on her SAT. She retook and got a 32. She began volunteering in her hometown...drafted essays over and over again...she already had a part-time job in a leadership role as a soccer ref (having won awards for her participation). She applied to TSU last spring. She got a full ride $130K scholarship.
Aside from bragging ;-) what does this tell us? Well, where did her motivation come from? Her parents. Lots of positive reinforcement. A solid belief in the value of a good education. Parental involvement in the school lives of their children. The list could go on. But the moral is, if parents don't give a damn, neither will their children.