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Time to Make Better Use of High School
It's time for parents and students to stop viewing high school as an extension of childhood. As college becomes unaffordable to more and more young people, better use needs to be made of tax-supported educational opportunities.
School Choice Prelude to Privatization
Supporters of school vouchers and charter schools claim they have the interest of all children at heart, but funneling tax money away from the public schools can only lead to the destruction of an adequate education for the majority of American children.
Free Tutoring from Khan Academy
The Khan Academy is an online tutorial resource featuring more than 3,000 short video lessons that children can play again and again until the concept is learned. Its focus is math and science.
Politicians and Education
Efforts to improve the academic quality of U.S. public schools continue to fail because legislation that ties everything to standardized test scores and makes scapegoats of teachers is totally out of touch with the reality of U.S. culture.
What is Proficiency?
Every state is permitted by law to define "reading proficiency" according to their own guidelines. As a result, states often rate their children at a higher level of proficiency than the NAEP does. Parents must adopt their own guidelines and test their children themselves.
Why NCLB has failed
In 2002, NCLB promised that by 2014, 100% of U.S. school children would demonstrate “proficiency” in reading and math. On the NAEP test in 2012, 40% of fourth-graders scored at proficiency or above in math, and 32% scored proficiency in reading. Going by NAEP results, NCLB won't make the deadline.
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Literacy is not a School Subject
Although referred to as if it were, "literacy" is not a school subject. It is a combination of information and skills that enables all other learning.
Not everyone means the same thing by the word "education." Parents who want "a quality education" for their children would do well to define what they mean by "education" in very specific terms.
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