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Educational Goals vs U.S. Culture
Efforts at school reform without an overhaul of U.S. cultural priorities are pie in the sky.
Beware of smoke and mirror reasoning fostered by entrepreneurs whose principal agenda is the discrediting of the public schools and the rechanneling of public monies into the private business sector.
Parents in the Classroom
Should parents have the option of sitting in on lessons in the public school classroom?
School and the Real World
One of the most annoying expressions that I hear educators use is "the real world," as if school existed in some kind of Never-Never Land. School IS the real world, and it ought to have real world consequences.
Informational Texts vs Fiction
Parents and English teachers need to resist the propaganda regarding the reading and teaching of fictional literature that comes attached to every presentation of the Common Core Standards.
No More Free High School
Call me heartless, but I think the solution to U.S. educational woes is to pull the plug on providing 12-13 years of free education to every child who crosses the public school threshold at the age of five or six.
Impulse Control Lacking in Modern Youth
One of the stated goals of the Common Core Standards is to encourage “student-directed learning.” A possible obstacle to classrooms filled with self-directed, internally motivated students is the fact that children's ability to self-regulate has declined steeply in the past 60 years.
Parental Rights Have Limits
Tax-supported public schools exist to provide a basic education to the largest number of children. Governments support them in the national interest because an uneducated populace is unproductive and ungovernable. They can't cater to every parental desire or belief.
Resource Curse in Education
Parents and educational leaders may want to slow down on the drive to transform the public schools into computer-dependent institutions. As with medications, computerized education may present unanticipated side effects.
International Testing Instruments
Journalists often compare U.S. student achievement to that of children in other countries. Here's a brief description of the tests on which these comparisons are based.
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