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Originally posted by wcitizen
And how about education instead of indoctrination.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
Before we attack the problem of pre-kindergardners, how about we tackle the problem of lowering the standards expected of highschoolers and middle schoolers?
I mean, what is the point of having them better prepared at age 5, if we aren't going to expect anything out of them for the next 12 years?
Restore the ability to flunk students, and expel students, and discipline students. Raise the standards and expectations, and make kids earn their grades and their diplomas.
Once we get all of that straightened out, then maybe we can look at preschoolers.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by wcitizen
More open-minded learning. Require more research, and personal input. Expand curriculums to include more world history, world geography, and world literature. It is a shame when kids sneaking over from Cuba are 2 or 3 grade levels ahead of American students, even in American history!! Don't even mention Russian or German literature or history to an American student! I didn't learn about Kafka until I was 30!!
Rote memorization has a place. A very, very small place, and after that comes learning of concepts and learning to read for comprehension, and learning to discern fact from hypothesis.
Hell, ATS should be required reading in schools!!
Originally posted by TWILITE22
reply to post by ModernAcademia
You know this kind of thing really ticks me off first of all young children(2 thru 5) should not be expected to sit still.Children at that age learn thru playing not sitting still in a classroom,my children went to Montessori school in Japan at the age of three my daughter was reading and doing basic geometry thru playing!How do they propose to make them sit still?medicate them?how about the government take the toxins out of the food and water we have to feed our children?How about they stop giving babies vaccines as soon as they take a breath.....no lets teach them how to sit still in a classroom...
Advice for those with little ones please consider home schooling your children!!edit on 2-6-2011 by TWILITE22 because: (no reason given)
American Education Not World Class
The schools systematically let kids down. By grade 4, American students only score in the middle of 26 countries reported. By grade 8 they are in the bottom third, and at the finish line, where it really counts, we're near dead last. Its even worse when you notice that some of the superior countries in grade 8 (especially the Asians) were not included in published 12th grade results. They do not need 12 grades.
Microsoft India taps Indian programming and engineering skills with 83,000 certifications issued in 1999. We import 107,000 H-1B professionals every year, half of them with PhD's.
This upsets me so much, it’s difficult to type, but here goes. The U.S. government is spending $22 million to train workers in foreign countries to learn tech skills and English so they can outsource American IT jobs.
I know. I can hardly believe it myself.
According to InformationWeek, the U.S. agency known as USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is partnering with outsourcing service companies in countries like Sri Lanka to teach more than 3,000 workers technology skills in tools like Enterprise Java.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2011
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $500 MILLION FOR RACE TO THE TOP-EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE
New State Competition to Establish and Expand High Quality Early Learning Programs
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new $500 million state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. Joining Duncan and Sebelius at the announcement were business, law enforcement and military leaders who have advocated for increased investments in early learning to reduce crime, strengthen national security, and boost U.S. competitiveness.
“For kids, high quality early learning programs mean they will enter school better prepared with a greater chance of finishing high school and college,” said Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the Administration’s Middle Class Task Force. “Expanding access to such early education and child care programs will also make it easier for working parents to hold down a job – a key priority of the Middle Class Task Force – giving them peace of mind that their children are in a high quality learning environment while they are at work.”
“To win the future, our children need a strong start,” said Secretary Duncan. “The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge encourages states to develop bold and comprehensive plans for raising the quality of early learning programs across America.”
"This Challenge represents the Obama Administration’s commitment to helping vulnerable children and families reach their full potential,” said Secretary Sebelius. “Our collective health and financial security as a nation will depend on high quality investments during the critical early years of a child’s life.”
The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge will reward states that create comprehensive plans to transform early learning systems with better coordination, clearer learning standards, and meaningful workforce development. Secretary Duncan and Secretary Sebelius also challenged the broader innovation community – leading researchers, high-tech entrepreneurs, foundations, non-profits and others – to engage with the early learning community and to close the school readiness gap.
States applying for challenge grants will be encouraged to increase access to quality early learning programs for low income and disadvantaged children, design integrated and transparent systems that align their early care and education programs, bolster training and support for the early learning workforce, create robust evaluation systems to document and share effective practices and successful programs, and help parents make informed decisions about care for their children.
Research shows that high-quality early learning programs lead to long-lasting positive outcomes for children, including increased rates of high school graduation, college attendance and college completion. Yet, just 40 percent of 4-year olds in America are currently enrolled in preschool programs. The most recent report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) indicates that, for the first time in a decade, states are reducing some of their key investments in early learning.
The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grants will encourage states to make the best possible use of current federal and state investments in child care and early learning. The Obama Administration has sought and secured increased investments in Head Start and child care so that more families have access to quality, affordable care, while also pursuing important reforms such as requiring Head Start grantees to compete for continued funding. The administration has also steered resources towards evidence-based, cost-effective home visiting programs.
In his remarks today, Duncan also thanked Congress for supporting Race to the Top saying, "We are deeply grateful to Congress for supporting these programs. Congress understands the value of investing in education reform, particularly early learning, even in these economic times."
The Race to the To-Early Learning Challenge will be administered jointly by the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. Starting today, the public may provide input, including data and relevant research, by visiting www.ed.gov... Guidance, eligibility, range of awards and number of grants will be announced in coming weeks. The application will be released later this summer with grants awarded to states no later than December 31, 2011.