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mjyoung

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Deborah

Subj: Re: Education and Politics
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 10:52:08 pm CDT (Viewed 470 times)
Reply Subj: Education and Politics
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 10:16:47 am CDT


> http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2008-10-13-obama-mccain-policy_N.htm
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> So, still politics, but politics and education. What does everyone think.

Pretty much the standard thinking in education is that we keep throwing money at it without any results. So more money obviously isn't the answer.

For new teachers, I like the idea of paying for people to get college degrees, and then requireing them to teach. It's what we do for the military academies. I do have a problem with telling them where to teach. "Critical areas" is usually just another term for bad and dangerous schools. I have a problem with forcing people to teach in an area where they life might be in danger. You could easily change to allow them to teach wherever they are comfortable.

I also see nothing wrong with getting rid of bad teachers, but in also helping them find another line of work. The turnover rate for new teachers is really high, some just don't like the job. So it would create a situation where their is less risk for the individual so they would be more likely to teach.

No Child Left Behind ia just a bad idea. They have to get rid of it.

I like McCain's idea for the virtual schools. Bright kids should have easy access to take get college credit for classes.

Charter programs really need to be expanded, especially in areas where the school systems are poor. It's proven to be pretty successful.

Education is failing not just because we have bad teachers, or not enough funding, but because the culture of education has changed dramatically. Just talk to any teacher that has been teaching for 30 years, and they will tell you that teaching has changed dramatically, and it's not for the better.

From my experience as both a student, and as a son of a teacher, I have lots of ideas on how to fix education. But Obama's solution seems to be to throw money at a broken system (which has been the standard action), while McCain seems to want to do minor changes at the local level.




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