Balljunkie saidWhat should be done to reform education?
Being a teacher, I see that it is in dire need of reforming. Kids in middle school can't tell time (I have a few students), others that do not know how to read, others that can't do fractions, and some that don't know their times tables.
Well, if you saw Black in America on CNN, you saw that over 80% of Black children are born to single parent households.
So, for answer 1: Two parents. Social responsibility in having families to begin with.
2. Less tolerance of bad behavior. E.g., there's absolutely NO EXCUSE for a 9 year old kid being 100 pounds overweight. That has to start AT HOME. My folks would have never put up with any of us kids being fat. PERIOD.
3. Less acceptance of low standards. Nowadays, even failures are touted as passed / failed. No. Second place is FIRST LOSER. Bastardization of standards is why we are now spend close to $12000.00 per year, per student, and still have miserable failures in education.
4. Corporal punishment. Again, this needs to start at home. Have you been to a supermarket lately? There's no excuse for the bad behavior that's tolerated.
5. Less school integration. Integration is a failed experiment. While diversity is great, you cannot expect learning to occur in a classroom where some kids are fully fluent in the language of the land, and others are illiterate. Every kid SUFFERS in that environment where learning is DUMBED DOWN to the lowest common denominator.
6. A single uniform language - American English. No other group than Spanish-speaking has been so specially accommodated by government, to their own detriment. First thing, everyone needs to get on the same communications channel.
7. Break the gangs.
8. Health report cards. You can't expect physically unhealthy kids to do well in school.
9. Start the school later, when kids are more alert.
10. Hold parents accountable for bad kids.
11. Get rid of bad kids.
12. Get back to the three R-s. It's inexcusable that an 18 year old kid can't spell four letter words, doesn't know the difference between your and you're, and can't balance a checkbook or count change.
I'm about as liberal as liberals get in many areas, but, the whole everyone is a winner thing in schools is non-sense. Integrated schools have lowered educational standards beyond belief. Lack of parenting is the main issue, in my view, however. I have many friends who USED TO BE teachers; who threw their hands in the air, and said "ENOUGH."