What are some specific things that can be done to fix education in America?
What about tuition? Federal vs. state vs. local funding? donations? teacher qualifications? testing standards? jobs? infrastructure? the internet? cultural pressures? science, technology, engineering, math?
Oh, don't get me started on this! Here goes: Fewer 'special' academies and more emphasis on basic foundation skills, tougher standards for writing, less emphasis on sports (meaning time and funding), a greater cultural emphasis on learning and education as a value, and less separation of those in bilingual education (some kids are missing out in mainstream education courses due to being funneled through bilingual programs).
We also need less paperwork for teachers. Many promising teachers (who need more pay, by the way) give up after a few years due to the red tape.
Well, you mention the internet.... I think the internet is great. Let me give you an example. I love classical music, have all of my life since I was about 13 years old. I did not come from a classical music background per se. I remember heading to the library, asking my teachers questions, you name it.... Today, most if not all questions a person can have about anyone - whomever they may be, answers can be found via the internet. I think society today has the tools needed for higher learning more than ever before in history, so there's no excuse. We always point to money for solutions. But lets face it, most children have access to the internet today. Be it schools, library, after school programs, etc. In my personal opinion, people can do much more than they oftentimes think they can. On the flip side of all this. College was dirt cheap when I went almost 30 years ago vs. now....
I think the top suggestion is parent involvement. The parent is in the perfect position to keep an eye on the education of their children. Is the teacher doing what needs to be done, is the homework appropriate, is the teacher showing too many movies--we came across this one when our youngest was in high school....seems every other day they were watching a movie in one class or the other under the guise of it being on topic - very questionable.
Parents have to participate in the education of their children and oversee it.
How good to see you again!
Take this like a man........
Restore order to the classroom.
Let teachers teach, and discipline.
Stop this national nonsense of suing the teacher because he or she held your
child accountable, or said some little tidbit, that " might" be offensive to a select group.
First, fix THIS, and then I will discuss finances, needs, and desires.
i think there are too many kids per teacher in many, many schools these days. i am not sure what would have to be done to ensure that every class size was smaller, but whatever that is...i think it would help tremendously!
I am going to use this forum to report two things I observed while I working at a public school last week.
1. To reward the elementary school students for their great schoolwork by becoming "Student of the Month", the principal hosted a mini-club event for each age group of winners (about 30 to 40 students for each age group). These young innocent children came to the designated area and were exposed to all sorts of loud club type music on gigantic speakers and encouraged to dance around wildly in rhythm to the music. The music was not age appropriate in the least. I was astounded! (It sounds too farfetched, I know. But believe me, I was there!)
At this same school the first grade teacher told me not to correct any of the students' miss-spelled words as they were to write their thoughts into their journals (every morning,) without concern as to how to spell correctly. I know for a fact that this approach is counter-effective. It makes sloppy spellers who do not think that spelling properly is at all important.
Furthermore the time to program a child's mind is during the absorbent early years. The child's mind and brain, during this time, programs itself like a computer. What they learn becomes indelible. If they learn that they don't have to spell properly and more importantly do not know how to spell words, in my mind, it is called non-education.
To answer the question: we need to educate, not non-educate!
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