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Old 10-10-2023, 11:12 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Originally Posted by BigCityDreamer View Post
In the United States, every child regardless of ... background or condition has access to an education and in fact is required to attend school up to a certain grade level.

How much more of a meritocracy are we going to get than that?
A meritocracy implies 'judgement'. (or the capability of someone to determine who is qualified for promoting and leading.)
A system in which advancement is based on;
  1. individual ability or achievement*.
  2. A group of leaders or officeholders selected on the basis of individual ability or achievement.*
  3. Leadership by such a group.
    * Achievement (academic) has become so watered down, that is is more of a joke than a given level of academic attainment, assuring leadership skills.
: a system, organization, or society in which people are chosen and moved into positions of success, power, and influence on the basis of their demonstrated abilities and merit
Mediocracy: government or rule by a mediocre person or group
Is more indicative of what we (USA) have allowed to run our school system, because... it's easier to be complacent. We've somewhat 'given over' the responsibilities of our kids from pre-K - 20 as it is very convenient. But all conveniences come with a cost. Schools are very clear examples of the Peter Principle "Peter-ocracy". Many studies document this in all levels of USA EDU, especially higher learning institutions.

Places like Japan and Singapore come across as true meritocracies' +/- (not all are happy living there, but their countries are very safe, secure, directed and governed by national objectives - for the benefit of the nation collectively (and they include STRICT and adhered and delivered Education for all)

That of course, will never fly in the USA, as we were FOUNDED upon 'independence' +/-.

Secondly, our USA education system has equipped it's students to NOT be informed or investigative to pursue the content to accurately assess meritocracy. Maybe this happened by chance, maybe by intent. (there are plenty of conspiracies in each camp.)

The USA is very compliant and gets their information via entertainment, not investigation. That is evident in our politics, economy, and national reputation / 'consumers-of-the-world'. We fuel a lot of the world by our (individual) buying and our benevolent gifting. (as a nation) Basically 'indulgences'. (not a great example for parenting)

Education in the USA has conveniently been ignored and 'assumed', often with the intent of automatic meritocracy. Unfortunate for many, meritocracy also demands demonstrated performance (Whoops!, forgot we actually needed to APPLY our learnings)

USA School failures are a broad problem, but do not require a complex or broad solution.

Tomorrow: Let's use our schools to teach (and teach only)
Next week: (Schools) "We have these 'problems' delivering on our objectives to teach".
a) Social - deal with it OUTSIDE the school system using millions of educated Social skills trained professionals
b) Behavioral - deal with it OUTSIDE the school system with Behavioral specialist
c) Physically dangerous - you're gone! Off to boot camp - segregated facilities appropriate to deal with violent offenders.
d) Academically not at grade level? - back to your academic grade level (forever, if necessary)
f) Financial barriers?- we (USA) have huge programs to deal with this. Even local people can help - we have sponsored kids for their personal education for over 40 yrs (not our own, they got nothing because they were trained to be capable). Given a specific need, people respond generously.
g) Pay issues for teachers? Just imagine the freed up Dollars if schools are only TEACHING, instead of being the solution to every complex need... (they CAN'T, they shouldn't be expected to)

Schooling and education is important. Start treating it that way. (Everyone! from students, parents, staff)
Make it a privilege to be able to participate.
Allow the 'alternatives' to be the painful, but effective solutions that they also need to be, to be successful.

We, as a nation, have lost so much due to NOT addressing the school issues and throwing more and more money to perpetuate obvious failures.

That does not have to be.

Fix it.

Old 10-10-2023, 11:54 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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BTW: Czar leadership has NO place in Education in an educated and insightful country (actually these exist and are promoted often, in the USA).

History Czar - https://medium.com/the-faculty/presi...r-d75e0c059695
Book ban Czar - https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bid...hreat-students
Safe School Czar - https://www.baptistpress.com/resourc...ay-curriculum/
Bathroom Czar - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ryan-...b0bc5cb64e28ae

We've created a monster.


Unemploy the Czars today.

- core deliverable = basic foundational education. Easy stuff (but critically necessary to build the blocks for lifelong learners.) Everyone (in a free country) should be a lifelong learner if they desire to contribute to society (and self... if that's of any importance to them).

No Czars required, or desired.

Just do it (Basic education)

See how that works out...

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