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
1. This will decrease the amount of competition in our schools. Everyone will be learning and teaching the same thing.
2. Designing a single curriculum that is appropriate for all students in the country is extremely difficult. You are going to leave some students behind, or slow some students down.
For all of you who say "get the parents involved more," I can't help but play the cynic and say that this seems like an impractical solution for national education.
Please don't think my position is that families shouldn't be involved with the education of their children - they should.
However, this is a place to debate politics, which are the policies of the government. And, quite frankly, the government is incapable of forcing parents to be involved in the education of children, and, what's more, it will never have the capability of forcing parents to get involved in their children's education.
Also, I think that most parents want to be involved in their kids' education. However, parents are people too and they have their own limitations. Highest on that list is financial - they have to balance their ability to get involved with their ability to earn a paycheck. This is especially the case with the low income earners who are targeted the most with this criticism.
So purely as an act of policy, I think the most pragmatic things to consider are those things we could do to enhance the education of children despite parental involvement, since the government has no control over parental involvement with regards to their children's education.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
the problem is with the students and their parents. if the kids don't give a rat's ass, the best schools in the world aren't going to make a difference.
"you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink"
"you can send a kid to school, but you can't make him think"
GIGO - garbage in, garbage out.
give a world class chef a turd and two pieces of bread and no matter what he does with it, you are going to end up with a **** sandwich.
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Educated in America: College graduates and high school dropouts | vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economistsDuring the past 25 years, growing wage differentials between high school graduates and dropouts increased the economic incentives to graduate high school. The real wages of high school dropouts have declined since the early 1970s while those of more skilled workers have risen sharply.1 Heckman, Lochner, and Todd (2008) show that in recent decades, the internal rate of return to graduating high school compared to dropping out has increased dramatically and is now over 50 percent. Therefore, it is surprising and disturbing that, at a time when the premium for skills has increased and the return to graduating high school has risen, the high school dropout rate in America is increasing. America is becoming a polarised society. Proportionately more American youth are going to college and graduating than ever before. At the same time, proportionately more are failing to complete high school.
Thank you, Quazi!
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Is it not failing when students are promoted when they can't even read?
Is it not failing when students can't even speak ENGLISH....using ebonics slang instead of proper grammar...and STILL they are promoted?
Is it not failing when inner city girls' main objective in life is to get pregnant and get on the dole?
It's failing all right. But nobody cares -- especially about those inner city kids whose only option, when they don't graduate, is to pimp themselves, pimp others or sell dope.
Thank you, Quazi!
What do you guys think about the idea of online education, to reduce the need for so many teachers and brick-and-mortar schools? It would be easy to produce lessons that could be reused for several years at no additional cost, and one teacher could easily handle classes of 100+ students since there wouldn't be an issue with class disruption or being stuck in the back of a crowded auditorium. This will free up a lot more taxpayer money to be invested in other aspects of education, and it will free students from the stranglehold of their school district so that students will no longer be doomed by their geography. Furthermore, it would allow students to work at their own pace, so the smart kids aren't bored and the remedial kids aren't forgotten.
I realize that online education is probably not quite good enough yet to compete with the best schools in the country...but I can't help but think that it would be a MAJOR improvement for the millions of kids trapped in inner-city schools where teachers don't teach and students fear for their safety, or poor rural schools where the curriculum is severely limited by lack of funding and lack of interest.
Last edited by Kandahar; 01-17-11 at 07:23 PM.
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