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It's the Curriculum, Stupid

reedmom Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 8:35 AM
One of the biggest research studies of all time (Project Follow Through) proved that Direct Instruction is the BEST way to teach young children reading & math. But of course, it didn't fit the "edublob's" paradigm & so decades later the failed attempts to "reform" education continue...now it's national standards...an amazing overreach of the federal government into local and parental control of children's education. We need school choice, no more teacher's unions & a total revamp of the schools of education.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 8:49 AM
Amen.

I do think that local, public funding of education is a good thing. But the money should be tied to the student, not the school and parents should be able to decide what school their kids will attend.

Furthermore, there should be no public schools at all. Private schools, run by groups with competing educational philosophies, each trying to convince parents that they offer the best option will be more efficient and more successful.

And don't think that special schools to deal with the problem kids who get themselves kicked out of other schools won't be available. They may cost more or be less convenient but they will be out there and added cost and inconvenience will motivate parents to crack down on the discipline at home.
faultroy Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 10:01 AM
It's the time of the year when children's smiles begin to look a little pinched. You can feel it when you walk through any school supplies store. While the colored pencils and lunchboxes on display evoke memories of "the good times," they also spark memories of all that filler work -- the spelling and grammar exercises, multiplication tables and the dates of the Revolutionary War.

It's also the time when parents think about what their children will study. We used to know the subjects assigned to the various grades, but common core subjects with common values were abandoned long ago, replaced...