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Old 05-18-2015, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Obviously the challenges are different in a suburban school district where over 90% go to college from a rural district where many go into the military or the farm. Even in a large city schools do not have the same clientele. They should be allowed to split. Maybe more charters. How about public-private partnerships, with corporations sponsoring certain schools and even hiring graduates? Students would be more willing to learn if they believe it leads to a job.
As an aside, very, very few rural students go from hs "to the farm," anymore in the current state of agribusiness and factory farms. Family farming operations are no longer abundant, and those that are highly economically viable are even more rare. Most rural students who intend to make a career in agriculture now do participate in post-secondary ed to do so, studying things like mechanical engineering to work for implement manufacturers, various sciences to work in crop production or animal husbandry, business to work in management, etc. It's not really so much a "graduate from high school and go back to bailin' hay," proposition, career-wise, anymore. And a relatively small percentage of young people go into it, overall.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:52 PM
 
Location: 3 9 7 1 5 :D
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I would make High School start no later than 8:00 am and make a 30 minute Recess mandatory for all grades regardless of weather!
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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I would make High School start no later than 8:00 am and make a 30 minute Recess mandatory for all grades regardless of weather!
You have obviously never been put in charge of teenagers.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:01 PM
 
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You have obviously never been put in charge of teenagers.
What does this mean?
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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As an aside, very, very few rural students go from hs "to the farm," anymore in the current state of agribusiness and factory farms. Family farming operations are no longer abundant, and those that are highly economically viable are even more rare. Most rural students who intend to make a career in agriculture now do participate in post-secondary ed to do so, studying things like mechanical engineering to work for implement manufacturers, various sciences to work in crop production or animal husbandry, business to work in management, etc. It's not really so much a "graduate from high school and go back to bailin' hay," proposition, career-wise, anymore. And a relatively small percentage of young people go into it, overall.
Yes, I heard a story a few days ago on NPR that only 2% of workers are farmers. This may vary by region, but the number is not huge anywhere.
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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It's not a stable income for most people who do not factory farm or tenant farm, and even then, it's often not. Conglomerates and very large operations make the $$$ in agriculture. So do implement manufacturers and dealers and companies that produce hybrids and specialize in plant genetics, pesticides, herbicides, and the like. Family farms do not, so they are increasingly hard to come by. Most family farms now are in actuality supported by one or both spouse's non-farming second job, income from renting out property for tenants to farm, etc.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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What does this mean?
Recess at the high school level would be interesting. We have enough trouble policing what goes on in the bathrooms and the elevator with a 5 minute passing time.
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Old 05-20-2015, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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I would have every parent be a teacher for a day. (This includes all the grading of tests and papers after school). They would teach an entire classroom full of kids the curriculum the school requires and learn exactly what the job entails. That way they would quit complaining about how the teacher didn't teach little Johnny and Sally X, Y, and Z like they were supposed to, and how teachers have sucah an easy job, etc, etc. (I'm not a teacher, BTW). Teaching should be a collaborative process. Sure, teachers have responsibilities to teach, and not all of them are good, but I think most of them do try very hard to do their jobs well. I also believe parents need to take an active role in teaching their kids as well, and many times they don't.
This. Teaching seems easy because people think the "performance" part of it is all there is to the job. It's like thinking that the only work an actor does is what you see on the stage.
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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It would far from over but it would begin by rolling back standardized testing in grade school...
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:28 PM
 
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What changes would you make if you could?
identify college bound students in 6th or 7th grade, teach 8-12th grade in 8, 9, and 10th grade. Send them off to college. Eliminate off-major required course work so students graduate in 3 years and extend masters to 2 years.

Students get to hit the work force younger and can go back and get a masters if they desire.
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