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That's why a Classical Trivium, Liberal Arts Education, in the original sense of the terms with the original rigorous academic demands, should be had in grades K-12. Then kids should get career training either through a useful degree or specific skilled labor after high school. It's not either or, it's when and how. To see what a great education used to be and can be again, read The Lost Tools of Learning by Sayers and The Well Trained Mind by Bauer. I warn you, if you do, you'll be outraged at the mediocre education you got and the one your kids are getting in PS and possibly at the local private schools...maybe even your homeschool. American education has been aggressively dumbed down for the last 100+ years. So much so that most people have no idea what is possible anymore because the government school monopoly has made them completely unaware of other options. Most people just don't know that they don't know.
When REPs run against this kind of thing, they need to do it in an intelligent way. If REPs continue to be the party of "Nuh uh" rather than the party of practical solutions, they'll fail yet again. If you insist on a public school system for people who are not poor or wards of the state, then I suggest proposing national, objective, measurable, essential academic skills in reading, writing and math and then allowing each state, district and school the freedom to meet those goals with whatever curriculum and pedagogy they choose. That way schools that have students in demographics least likely to value education at home can focus on just the basics for longer periods of time and schools that have students in demographics more likely to value education can add in other subjects. It allows teachers and schools the flexibility and decision making that has been wrongfully stolen from them while at the same time making teachers and schools accountable to the taxpayers for the shocking amounts of their money dumped into the system. Also, annual academic tracking of each student, classroom, school, district and state should be done to evaluate children at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year. We have the technology. That way you can compare students from the same demographic in the same school and the same grade. Is one teacher getting significantly better results than others? Is one school in the same area with the same demographics getting significantly better results than others? Is one district with the same demographics getting significantly better results than others? Those outperforming others should get into the teacher/administration training business. Those doing significantly worse should be shown the door.
Fosteradoption is almost completely taxpayer funded. The fosterparents are being given funds to raise the child while fostering and to cover the child's medical care even after adoptions are finalized. The fostercare system in AZ is seeing a 40% increase per year in foster children. Private adoption of infants in the US can include all the birth mother's living expenses during and just after the pregnancy, all the medical costs (assuming she has no medical insurance) and all the legal costs. It can add up to tens of thousands of dollars and the mother can legally change her mind after the baby is born and there's no way to recoup the funds spent up to delivery. Only 1% of unplanned pregnancies results in a child being placed for adoption in the US. The rest are aborted or born to single mothers. International adoptions run several tens of thousands depending on the country. Those fees pay the salaries of social workers and government workers involved, orphanage staff or foster mothers, (depending on the country) delivery fees, medical care in countries where it's available and travel costs (usually two international trips depending on the country) and the rest goes to care for the children that won't end up being adopted but will live as wards of the state until they're thrown out on the streets. In Russia that's 16. Russia's shut down now to Americans.
Fosteradoption is almost completely taxpayer funded. The fosterparents are being given funds to raise the child while fostering and to cover the child's medical care even after adoptions are finalized. The fostercare system in AZ is seeing a 40% increase per year in foster children. Private adoption of infants in the US can include all the birth mother's living expenses during and just after the pregnancy, all the medical costs (assuming she has no medical insurance) and all the legal costs. It can add up to tens of thousands of dollars and the mother can legally change her mind after the baby is born and there's no way to recoup the funds spent up to delivery. Only 1% of unplanned pregnancies results in a child being placed for adoption in the US. The rest are aborted or born to single mothers. International adoptions run several tens of thousands depending on the country. Those fees pay the salaries of social workers and government workers involved, orphanage staff or foster mothers, (depending on the country) delivery fees, medical care in countries where it's available and travel costs (usually two international trips depending on the country) and the rest goes to care for the child that won't end up being adopted but will live as wards of the state.
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Solutions to Black Education

Homeschool Mom3 Wrote: Feb 27, 2014 12:04 PM
The problem with public education is the same regardless of race-it's parent dependent and too many parents can't be depended on to raise their children in a an education friendly culture. Schools have to stop whining about this reality and transform themselves to provide a quality education in the time the students are present without any parental help.That means: 1) Increasing funding (by using education funds if necessary) to increase law enforcement around and in the schools so children have safe passage getting there, being there and getting home. 2) Preschool and kindergarten should focus on a language rich environment, physical exercise, increasing attention spans and behavioral coaching. Reading aloud excellent children's literature many times a day in slowly increasing sittings, lots of very hands on physical play that encourages cooperation and rule following, and behavioral coaches she be in each classroom paired with the teacher. Classes should be small. 3) Early elementary 1st-3rd grades should have small class sizes and be staffed with reading experts, there should be a focus on applies math with concrete teaching techniques and again, behavioral coaches in each room. Reading, writing, math and PE should be the only topics covered. Part of reading includes being read loud to from great children's literature. Children should be grouped by ability. No homework should be given. 4) Late elementary 4th-6th can be normal sized classes for students who aren't struggling. The regular range of subjects can be introduced because students at this point would have a solid foundation in reading, writing, math and the ability to behave in a classroom setting. Children should be grouped by ability. Struggling students should still focus on reading, writing and math. No homework given to any students. 5) Disruptive students should be sent to a school or a part of the school away from cooperative students. 6) Jr. High and High School would have to be no homework too-that's just he reality of the situation. Class time should be spent on instruction and fewer but still very high quality assignments.
Why Some Conservatives Oppose Vouchers http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-some-conservatives-oppose-vouchers
I saw the movie. I have to laugh at the idea that Hollywood cares about anything other than the visual arts from Western Culture. It's also the writings and ideas of the best of The Western Culture that fueled the circumstances and motivations behind the visual arts shown in the movie. I doubt Hollywood is going to make a movie about Classical Education and why we should return to it. Please Hollywood, prove me wrong. Common phrases used in Classical Education circles about modern America: "Modern men are apes in trousers." "Modern men are barbarians with laptops." "Classical schools [and classical homeschools] are the monasteries in this new dark [modern] age. " We used to teach Latin and Greek in HIgh Schools. Now we teach reading. Literate used to mean being familiar with a significant portion of the best writings in Western Culture. Now it means being able to decode English. How far we've fallen. Even college educated Americans no longer read and fewer read excellent literature to their children but claim they care about education. Even the best public schools are joke when they claim to provide a quality education. Most people don't even know what a quality education looks like anymore. That's what monopolies do to people.
A lot of people want standards and the ability to measure standards in government schools when government schools use taxpayer money. Measuring performance on some level based on some sort of standards is the government answering to the people for what it's doing with their money and their children in government schools whether those are public government schools who accept tax dollars or public charter schools that accept fewer tax dollars. The problem with Common Core is, it's just another fad or experiment in a long series of fads or experiments that have plagued government funded schools for the last century. No wonder the Classical Charters are hating it-Classic Education has been around in various forms proving itself to be effective for a few thousand years now. If I were to accept standardization, it would definitely be with Classical Education standards. Otherwise, I think people should avoid all government funded programs like the plague that they are- government public schools, government funded public charter schools and government funded vouchers which are just a way for the government to insert itself into private education.
This is why health insurance should no more be paid for by employers than car insurance, home insurance, etc. Get employers out of the insurance business, have them pay the employees the money that was going to health insurance in addition to their wages or salaries and have the employees compare and choose coverage that fits their needs and convictions themselves. Why is it we can't get an alleged conservative to articulate this kind of common sense solution that respects everyone's rights and creates more choices for the consumer?
You haven't heard Rush say on air with joy in his voice, "Why are divorces so expensive? Because they're worth it!" I've heard him say it more than once. Not exactly the kind of guy who is terribly sorry about his failed marriages.
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