posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 08:04 PM
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by MystikMushroom
Although I agree with your premise Duchess, that education starts at home and that parents have a responsibility to that..
However, the government, if they are going to provide educational services, have a mandate and a duty to do it correctly, not all half assed like
they've done for the past 30 years.
The school system is still run like it was after WWII.
I'm amazed actually at how piss poor it is in the US. That's not the students fault, nor the parents, that's a direct failure of the department of
education and your elected officials. When was the last time there was meaninfull education reform?
No Child Left Behind? Hardly a reform at all.
Why are chartered schools performing SO Much better and are able to close the scoring gap between poor and rich students? They are taking the same
ammount of money that public schools do, but they are doing it correctly.
I watched a documentary the other night called Waiting For Superman. It was VERY eye opening, I suggest for anybody who wants some serious education
( pardon the pun) on how the system works to watch it.
I just want to point out that the exact same teachers who are teaching at the charter schools taught before in public schools. You could take
practically any teacher from any public school, put them in a charter school and get the same results you're presently getting from charter
There's a reason for that. It's not the teachers. It's the administration of the schools that cause about 60% of it. The parents of SOME of the
students there cause another 30% of it. The administration (6 or 7 times the number of them that were there 20 years ago) suck up most of the
educational funding and their "duties" diminish so greatly that they have to create things for them to do that usually ends up as more paperwork for
the teachers. They need to cut the administrator numbers in half, then in half two more times.
The parents of SOME of the kids ruin it for rest of the population. They don't support their children, they don't expect anything from their
children, they abuse the system and teach their children how to do the same. It's not all parents, it's a small percentage of them, but they ruin it
for everyone. They send their kids to school to get them out of the house. They don't send them prepared with something as simple as a pencil, they
don't come to conferences, they don't expect their kids to do homework, they don't do much of anything. THOSE parents ruin school for the other
students, for the other parents, for the teachers, for everyone involved.
It may sound bad, but go ahead and lower the dropout age and let them drop out. The ones who are left will be those who are there to learn whose
parents expect them to do what they need to do to be successful. They can create a program that helps those dropouts study for their GED after they
figure out they can't get anywhere in life without it. ONLY after they figure that out and are actually willing to put forth some effort.
...while they're at it, cut out all the entitlements so they don't sit back and do nothing and draw more money than their classmates who work hard
at a minimum wage job because they actually have a little pride in themselves.
Cut out the entitlements, lower the dropout age, set up a GED program for those dropouts (they can man it with all those extra administrators they do
away with). Schools will improve with no other incentives whatsoever. Problem solved.