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originally posted by: stdscf12
If I had one take-away from my span in education it is this: 90% of the time, children are a direct reflection of their home-life.
originally posted by: AceWombat04
Very telling to me is this: everyone who attended it when I did speaks highly of it, with fond memories. Whereas everyone who attended during its "Academic" phase, remembers fear, chaos, struggling to focus and learn, over-large classes, and overworked, stressed out teachers. To me that says a lot.
originally posted by: netbound
a reply to: Reallyfolks
Sorry to give the impression that funding is the root cause of the problems. I don't believe that. I was just saying that it would require funding to implement changes to the current system. Changes to the infrastructure, curriculum, etc. And that, perhaps, there is little interest in a complete overhaul of the existing system.
I think the problems aren't with the teachers, but rather the tools they're given and the rules/protocol they must follow. When I was a kid, the teacher could discipline me if I was out of line. Today teachers have their hands tied and the students have the power. Consequently the students lack respect for authority and do as they please.
I don't have the answers, but I do think the system has lost control and direction.
originally posted by: NthOther
What high school has become? State "education" has never been anything but compulsory social indoctrination at the behest of political and, more importantly, economic interests--to create good (obedient and utterly dependent) workers and consumers.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
The standardized test results are how schools get funding so that's the main focus now.
Teach for the test and don't worry about the rest.
originally posted by: alsace
The ONLY system that works is PRIVATE EDUCATION.
If a school is rubbish, no-one will send their kids there and the teachers will lose their jobs. If a school is great, everyone will send their kids there and the teachers will make a packet.
originally posted by: Reallyfolks
I can understand the funding requests but the last studies I saw were that we spend the 6th most per student in the world and get 28th ranked results in the world. Is funding the real problem here? Not according to the op, seems like we have issues that are not related to funding. Seems funding is always raised, but the op pointed out many non funding issues that money won't solve. So providing more money doesn't seem like it will solve the root issues.
originally posted by: Reallyfolks
I always kind of laugh now a days. If I mention seeing a paddle with holes drilled in them if sent to the principals office, I can normally tell by the reaction if you were in school pre or post craziness taking root. I definately understand about the discipline factor
originally posted by: Aazadan
We have a lot of very good schools like in Connecticut and Massachusetts that if rated as their own countries would be in the top 10 in the world but then we have Florida which is worse than Kazakhstan, we have Kansas that cut the education budget so much they ended the previous school year early due to a lack of funding, we have Louisiana which boasts a mere 66% literacy rate (most of the country is in the 99% range, like other developed countries), and we have Texas that stopped teaching science in favor of religious viewpoints which puts their graduates who go to college into remedial classes.