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Old 08-17-2019, 12:48 PM
 
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Well, it depends on which area of education we are talking. Some fields are overspent and some are under spent while still others have "leave it the way it is"-type spending. Making college admission fees and courses, especially physical books, less expensive is something that could be a priority. Another is finding resources so those with a lower education can get the min. education requirements needed to graduate and/or get a job.
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:15 PM
 
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An uneducated society is doomed to fail.. America: Land of the idiots.

Where we went from landing to questioning sending kids to school..
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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Right wing anti-intellectualism and bad education policy will fuel the Chinese century.
what are your suggestions for good education policy?
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:23 PM
 
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No, we don't spend enough on education when books are falling apart and teachers have to spend their own money for supplies.

The US on average spends more per student than other western counties with the exception of small rich ones like Switzerland. Here in PA per student spending has doubled over the past two decades, we are now on par with a country like Switzerland. Testing scores have remained flat lined in the same time frame.
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:25 PM
 
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If people don't like public education then home school your kids and quit complaining.

Give them the funding they would have received at public school and we are in agreement. Someone should not have to pay taxes to educate someone else's kids and then pay separately to educate their own.
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:31 PM
 
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An uneducated society is doomed to fail.. America: Land of the idiots.

Where we went from landing to questioning sending kids to school..

What I question is the ridiculous amount of money we spend with lackluster results. Where are the results for all the money we are spending now?
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:38 PM
 
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Right wing anti-intellectualism and bad education policy will fuel the Chinese century.

Would you suggest we follow their example and concentrate on educating the more intelligent students, minimize the education of middle of the road ones and kick the special needs students to the curb?
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:55 PM
 
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what are your suggestions for good education policy?
Integrated or thematic curriculum with smaller classrooms.

Smart, knowledgeable, committed teachers. When my kids were in school teachers came from the top 10% of their graduating class. Now it is the bottom 10%. A good teacher knows what each kid in the room needs. No testing is needed.

Two of my grandkids went to an alternative school where there were no grades and no grading. One did score almost perfect on his SAT. His college through Ph.D free. The other did well enough to get almost a full ride through undergrad.

They are normal kids. Discount what grandma thinks. You'd say they are just like any other kid on the block.

The key was small classes and a thematic curriculum. That 5000 a year tuition from K-8 paid off big time. But the educates and the testing , textbook industry would never permit it to happen in public schools.

IMO, any school board in the country could tell the DoE to KMA on the courthouse steps, forgo all federal funding and do what they want. Most of the federal money is free lunches. Kids can take their lunch. The school my grandkids went to didn't serve any food. The kids brought their own. One of my own kids went to a magnet HS that had no cafeteria. They brought their lunches. Or moms came in at lunch time and either brought lunch for those who had none, or collected the money and went out and brought in lunch.
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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We spend more than enough on education. The problem with our education in the US is a lack of parents doing their jobs as parents.
Exactly. Schools have to teach behavior as much as they need to teach the three Rs and STEM. The problem I also see is we siphon off public funds to private schools and charter schools that go bankrupt because they are used as a piggy-bank. Are there good charters out there, yes. However Arizona has seen too many be used as a piggy bank by its owners or be bought between companies.
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:12 PM
 
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Rarely do we need to spend more money on things in this country, we just need to spend it better.

Left and right governments are careless with tax payers' money.....
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