Nation's Education System Need Overhaul?

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Nation's Education System Need Overhaul?
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Wed, 03-03-2010 - 1:46pm

I was reading this article today and wanted to share. It has some pretty intense points throughout. As teachers, what are your opinions on education today? Would love to hear your thoughts-

Does Our Nation's Education System Need an Overhaul?

A new survey finds that 40,000 teachers think so

Healthcare reform may be the hottest debate on Capitol Hill right now, but education reform may soon take its place.

Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation surveyed more than 40,000 public school teachers in grades pre-K to 12 and found that our country's educators believe big changes are needed in our education system.

Overwhelmingly, the survey found, teachers feel that too many students are unprepared for success beyond high school. Top among the mandates expressed by the teachers polled are a demand for clearer, tougher academic standards across all states, and the importance of not relying purely on test scores to measure a student's abilities.

The other big finding of the Gates/Scholastic survey is that when it comes to educating our kids, teachers cannot do the job alone. Thirty-eight percent of the teachers polled say that lack of support from family and friends is the single most likely reason some students won't leave high school prepared for a two- or four-year college.

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Thu, 03-04-2010 - 3:38pm

If you've read some of the other threads recently I think you know that we're all frustrated and even angry about the state of things. I can't disagree with the main points in the survey.

Sherry

 

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Sat, 03-06-2010 - 2:24pm
Sherry - I love the ideas in your last paragraph! Awesome!
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Sat, 03-06-2010 - 4:31pm

Thanks! I seems pretty simple to me. We have childbirth and parenting classes before they are born but that doesn't cover the school age kids. For example, we make people take driving courses and hunting safery

Sherry

 

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Mon, 03-08-2010 - 8:07am
I can't believe my husband said this but....
I was telling him about your great ideas and he said, "There you go! Another teacher blaming everything on the parents and not on the fact that the teacher isn't doing their job. If the teachers would just raise the bar for behavior and academics, there wouldn't be a problem."
OMG. I'm so embarrassed. I realize that he is not talking about me. I also know his view is strictly from his own little box that he lives in. He worked as an OT at a charter school with only the best and the brightest kids in the district, and he wants to know why everyone can't just teach 'that way.' He just doesn't know what regular schools are like.....and again, I think most parents don't, which is why your ideas are so awesome!
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