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Do you think there is a fix for the schools and education children receive today?




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      Momofthreeprincess wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • For one I think that we need to get the politics out of the schools.  Across the nation they are teaching to the test instead of teaching our kids how to think for themselves.  When a whole curriculum is centered around a test then that is all that is being taught.  I know that teachers hate having to do this.  It has even gotten to the point that the homework that was coming home for my second grader looked like one of these fill in the circle test.  The focus is not on the individual child but on the class as a whole.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • I think the parents and teachers need to stand together and demand better pay and treatment of teachers. Especially when teachers are expected to play many roles.

      I think we as a country need to realize OUR future is in the hands of these teachers and we ned to support them better.

      I do think that some classrooms are overloaded with students so either more teachers are needed or they need more teacher assistants.

      School and kids are faced with a whole lot more than we were ever faced with. We need to incorporate some classes to help deal with some of these issues with teachers who are qualified to teach specific subjects.




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      Max0125 wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • I saw a very interesting interview with Bill Gates on how we should reform the school system. I say put him in charge!

      I do agree that we need to get the politics out of the schools and get back to a solid foundation.




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      Maryann Rhodey wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • I agree with all of you!  The schools have become a political pawn as the various candidates run their election platforms.  Then the already positioned politicians use the schools as an add on to legislation.  

      As a former teacher, I saw how the school system dealt with each child as a lump sum of money they would receive.  It was carried all the way through any programs planned or cut.  The children weren’t seen as individuals and what their needs would be, they were seen as dollar figures and what they could do with the dollars they received from that student.  Programs for special needs students were cut and revamped to get the most out of the dollars instead of what was best for the individual child.  It drove me crazy.  Of course, I realize they have to spend the money wisely however, when it comes to special needs students, I think the money comes first and then the child.  

      And don’t even get me started on the testing.  UGH!  We had to teach them how to take the test, which was mostly written language.  Federal and state funding depends on the results of the tests.  So if you are in a financially sound district, you would generally have good test scores and more funding.  If not, your funding is cut.  So what does that say to fairness and equality.  

      We need people like Bill Gates who have solutions!  We don’t need anymore politicians who think they know about the educational system because they attended school at some point.  We need real people who care about children and the future of our country.  I could go on but I don’t want to sound like a raving lunatic.

      I know there are budgets that need to be met but when students can’t get what they need in the form of a solid education because budgets are cut for materials and teachers need to spend their own money to fill the gap, something is wrong.  

      It would irritate me to no end that professional players would earn millions while teachers earned a pittance.  Not that I went into education for the money, it’s just that while I saw the pros in their flashy cars and all their bling, here were the teachers who deal with all sorts of issues each day in addition to teaching our future adults and we were getting paid very little along with needing more for the students.  It was a lesson in values for me.  

      Ok, I’m off my soapbox now. happy




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • Giving parents a choice of where their children will go to school will put pressure on the DOE to step up to the plate. Charter schools are doing a better job for the most part than the public schools are. The DOE also has very little accountability, at least in Hawaii, and no one knows exactly where they spend their money.

      Joe is the headmaster of a private school. We were very worried about enrollment because of the poor economy. We increased financial aid, didn’t increase tuition and we‘re going to start school in the fall with more students than last year. The message that sends is - parents are tired of the poor education in Hawaii’s public schools, furlough fridays were a bad idea, and they get it that children are the future of our nation’s welfare. His teachers are also much better paid than the public school teachers and we‘re not tied in to the rules of the DOE. Critical thinking and interdisciplinary studies are an important part of the school’s overall learning platform. It’s important to prepare kids for jobs that haven’t even been created yet.




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      Linda L wrote Jun 9, 2010
    • Thanks ladies for caring about our future generation.  Maryann, I wholeheartedly agree with your view on education.  I’m a teacher’s aide at an elementary school in a diverse community.  Last school year we had low class size (18) and literacy and math coaches to support our students and that was beneficial.  This year due to severe budget cuts, many schools lost their literacy and math coaches, teachers and programs.  Again, for the next school year there will be more cuts.  Many of us our in fear of losing our jobs.  We‘re certainly not in the educational system for the money, but because we are passionate and want to make a difference for our children.  Has the No Child Left Behind become the every child left behind?




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      Momofthreeprincess wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • That No Child Left Behind was a good idea that went bad, as with so many things that the government does.




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      Maryann Rhodey wrote Jun 10, 2010
    • Cynthia, you are so right about Charter Schools and Private Schools.  That is my goal, to start a school so I can offer the children what they need to compete in today’s world.

      Linda7, thanks for your input.  Seeing it from the perspective of someone on the “front lines” really helps.  I’m sorry you have to worry about your job.  It’s a constant up and down that shouldn’t have to happen.

      I agree with you Mom of Three about No Child Left Behind.  All the money used to get the schools in line and in compliance and look where it landed all the kids.  There were some good intentions but again, why do the people who work in DC think they know about Johnny in Detroit or Iowa?




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      Linni wrote Jun 12, 2010
    • i get so frustrated with this issue because its the children that suffer...
      my childrens school district CUT 30 jobs for next year, from all the schools, which means larger class sizes...

      they are taking things like band and sports and wanting to make it a ” pay to play ” thing! and they wonder WHY there is so much crime and stuff... kids have NOTHING to do..i personally think the Granholm needs to take a HUGE pay cut and put it into the schools! LOL

      i need to stop cause i get carried away! LOL




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      Marlene McCray wrote Jun 12, 2010
    • As a parent first, an educator, teaching at a community college in New York City, my opinion..... PARENTS are the FIRST TEACHER/EDUCATORS- Home is where education STARTS and children with involved parents simply do better.  

      Leaving all of it up to the teachers with overflowing classrooms and school districts cutting out essential services such as art/music/tutoring and other helpful programs creates an educational nightmare where students are not learning and the cycle perpetuates.

      Marlene
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