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#1 Fluffernutter

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Posted November 24 2012 - 08:36 AM

What do you think of the US education system?

What's your experience with it? Are you a parent, a teacher, a staff member, an advocate, a product of the system, etc?

What changes would you like to see made, and how do you think those changes need to come about?

Any other thoughts?

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Posted November 24 2012 - 09:43 AM

I believe it doesn't speak to the actual abilities of students. I feel as though some students are left behind because their specific interests and passions in learning aren't nurtured properly.
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Posted November 24 2012 - 09:52 AM

It would be more properly called the US indoctrination system.

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Posted November 24 2012 - 09:53 AM

The US has an education system!?!? :confused:


 


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Posted November 24 2012 - 10:07 AM

The more I observe that which passes for spelling here and on Yahoo and elsewhere,I'd say it needs improvement. I suppose "they're" still teaching Columbus discovered--blah-blah.

Why is it that when I went to school,paper,pencils,and all other supplies needed to complete given projects were free? Of course,I may as well ask why gasoline was 18 cents a gallon.

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Posted November 24 2012 - 10:18 AM

From what I have read the USES is ranked fairly highly. I'm sure there are inconsistencies, and improvements that could be made. Like the UK, some say it isn't teaching children the skills they need for the future - in the ever changing world in which we live. I wish it was like in the movies (not the temp' teacher turns a class into lifelong learners etc kinda movies)

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Posted November 24 2012 - 11:42 AM

Say a kid goes junior high school and passes every subject other than math. I feel as though instead of trying to adjust the math class he or she is in and jacking them around to various 'special needs' classes, just tell them they can stop taking it. Give them re-enforcement in the subjects they ARE doing well in, and nourish their strengths.

It feels like a bad idea and a good idea at the same time. Not sure why.
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Posted November 24 2012 - 12:33 PM

I think education should focus more on teaching kids how to think, not what to think.

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Posted November 24 2012 - 12:43 PM

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Posted November 24 2012 - 06:09 PM

It seems like the only parties held accountable are the schools and the teachers. The students and their parents have no accountability. If a student fails to achieve, it has nothing to do with the parent not feeding the kid or the student not doing his homework: the student's failure is the teacher's fault. That seems to be the prevailing attitude, and it's a problem.
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