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What might be some of the ways you would advocate for education?
In my state, NJ, our governor has declared a holy war against teachers and education. In think a great way to advocate for education is to elect people who will not rape school districts.
I think one of the biggest problems with education today is that the youth of America take it for granted, they view it as a right, not a privilege. One of the biggest things I would do is to illustrate for them just how crucial education is and how useful it is to every single future career path.
--Advocating for education? I would start in a big way with lawmakers and the fact that they make laws for the classroom, but none of them have ever actually been teachers. They make assumptions about what it is like, but they don't really KNOW. I would make it mandatory that all laws that would influence the classroom have actual teachers as advisers for the draft process, because the teachers would have legitimate insights and respectable, intelligent opinions.
--We should also make the salary competitive, it isn't sufficient for a family to live on, much less a teacher with an actual degree that probably has student loans to pay off. Better salary=competition=trying harder to receive positions=more qualified candidates=better taught children.
--I would make it mandatory that a teacher have at the very least a bachelor's degree in education. I'd also make sure that every teacher can take of special needs students and challenge gifted students. There are wide ranges of ability in every single classroom, and teachers have to work with, accommodate and help every single student grow.
--I think just talking about this, advertising and making the populace realize just how challenging the job actually is would be a huge rise in awareness and respect for the position that a teacher actually holds.
I have been out of school for a long time. But we need to update, not the way we teach but what we teach. I remember in the fourth grade spending two weeks studying Greenland--Why?
In the fifthgrade we study American History and was told about Paul Revere's ride to warn the colonists that the British Were Coming--he got caught.
In high school, we barely got to World War 1 before the year ended. A lot had happened between the end of that way and my graduation. A lot more has happened in the last 40 years.
In eighth grade I had to learn the name of every Louisiana Governor going back to the Louisiana Purchase--there were a bunch. Pick out the important ones and tell me about them, teach me how to look up information about the rest of them.
In college, I graduated as a Journalism major. Why would I need callus, advance physics and other courses that colleges say students need. Teach the basics and give the students the opportunity to figure out what they want to do. If the miss a course in high school, they will find a way to cope.
I would support a major reform of education from K through 16.
The current system is still based on a system developed hundreds of years ago or more.
There has been much more information today than in the past, and the information of tomorrow will be even greater than today.
So I would target education to getting a job, a better job than one without an education. I would have business and industry fashion the target of the education that they are looking for when they hire help.
I would also encourage the option to go to private schools as well as public schools. The public schools could be the core path, and the private schools could be the specialization path.
I would say that the core would be language, math, and applied science rather than theoretical. Both core and specialization would incorporate using computers and technology.
Also with the increasing class size I would encourage online education to at least augment actual physical classrooms.
K through 10 would be the equivalent of K through 12 today. Grades 11 and 12 would be equivalent to junior college. College would then only have to be two years instead of three or four.
To do this the current curriculum would be streamlined to replace non essential subjects with more of today's more specialized technology. General education courses like history can be offered online, or as an elective. Whereas computer science would be a core subject.
When the Greeks and the Romans started our current education paradigm they were for the rich who were bone idle and academia was their way fo impressing their higher standing on the uneducated. Today, is considerable different, and te majority of the population competes for a limited number of jobs.
When I was growing up education was one of the most important things to me.Kids today seem to focus less on education,and more on partying this is a catastrophe.They are suppose to be our future,and over half of them can't even speak the English language properly.
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