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Keep the "collection of evidence" option for help for students in need of services, but scrap all the stuff that tests regular children before 8 and treat the later tests casually and realize their limited reliability - they can help identify extremes (in case the teacher or parent hasn't noticed).
Currently wonderful teachers are tied up with "teaching the test" for invalid tests. Release them to teach students how to learn and how to think for themselves.
High school grades have always been better predictors of college success than standardized tests.
Well done brother! right to the point, I live in South Australia where the gap between private and public school is widening. I followed President Obama's campaign and if he is honest and keep his promise during election time. USA will be a better position under Obama's administration. Education for our children have to supported both private and governmental sector (that's why you and I pay tax is to support of programs). School program/projects initiatives should be encourage and financially with no red tape attach.
Good luck and hopefully this type of discussion will reach to Obama's desk.
A sense of beauty, an exposure to the human ability to create something beautiful (however we define beauty) will do more to enhance learning and encourage interest than raw data. By sparking the imagination of children and adolescents, much can be done to foster in them a desire to be a life long learner - to become an autodidact. I hate seeing how the desire to learn is being drained from my four children. We need teachers who LOVE the subject they teach, who can convey their own passion and interest so that it will become infectious. We now have teachers who are taught to teach, not teachers who love a subject and wish to spark others with that same interest.
And LESS HOMEWORK - or rather, anything that a teacher assigns MUST BE FULLY evaluated by the teacher, or the student/teacher contract is broken. Teachers should only assign what they can then process. My kids have learned that their teachers often just look briefly at their work to see if it's been done and care nothing for the quality of the work. Even writing assignments are not properly evaluated for their merit. This is shameful. It would be preferable for a teacher to assign only a small amount, and then thoroughly evaluate it, rather than a volume of work that they don't examine.
I believe that, in addition to providing research validated reading programs to every student (regardless of age and/or ability), every child should have regular and unfettered access to accessible reading materials in order to acquire a rich vocabulary as well as depth and understanding of how the world works. Text-to-speech software is very inexpensive, and its use allows students of any age to read and acquire information that will insure success in school, at home, and in the workplace.
My debate on this question was really between expanding early childhood education and reforming NCLB. The need for charter schools is debatable. I think we need to put the money into reforming public school rather than spending the money to create more schools. Because its need is still debatable, it's at the bottom of my list of education priorities right now. The other options are definitely needed, but of lower priority than expanding early childhood education and reforming NCLB in my opinion.
The reason I chose expanding early childhood education over reforming NCLB was that both students and their families would benefit, and of course the country benefits in the long run as well. Early childhood education is very, very expensive. The cheapest I could find for my two youngest was $650 per month for just 3 days a week. Luckily it also happens to be the best learning environment, socially and academically, that we found. Unfortunately, we now have to remove them; we can't afford even this. Preschool is incredibly beneficial, yet also incredibly expensive. Without it, kids start off behind when they enter Kindergarten and beyond, contributing to later problems in school. With it, kids are more confident, they learn more, they are more socially adaptable, and much better prepared for the future. President Obama needs to expand early childhood education and help to make it more affordable to all.
President Obama should concentrate on expanding/emphasizing math and science to early childhood education.
I also feel that equality amongst schools in a district is addressed. It should not be that students from one side of town always experience more educational success than students from the other side.
I think that your statement was powerful and makes sense. Hopefully, that is something that can be discussed and reformed if they do not plan on taking NCLB act out.
YES, YES, YES, YES, YES....right on, brother!! That's about all I have to say.
If education is to improve, then teacher education needs to improve.
In addition to education classes, all prospective teachers need self-defense, counseling, citizenship, behavioral modification, surrogate parent, adult mentor and best-friend training.
There also needs to be an investigation as to why there is such a push for EVERYONE to go to college. Only 20% of America's jobs require a 4-year degree. I have a Master of Science degree and a number of my acquaintances have HS or maybe 2 yr. technical degrees and are paid MUCH MORE than what I earn in a large urban school district.
Each student needs the ability to decide for her-/him-self whether or not they want to go to college and not feel pressured to go (even though they are not college material.)
Not all students are COLLEGE material. So not ALL students should be required to take the standard 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 (4 yrs. math, English, Science, and Social Studies)class schedule to graduate.
The money that President Obama talks about for education, should go directly to the States to avoid being gobbled up by the D.C. bureaucracy. THAT is WHERE the money is LOST!
Districts SHOULD be able to remove teachers that are not performing their duties but, not because the firing is related to an arbitrary test score that a student made. The results of tests are only reflections of particular points in time for each test taker. Scores are not true representations of students' abilities overall! John felt bad on test day and scored poorly. Julie lost her puppy last night and doesn't even feel like being at school today, let alone taking a state test.
There also need to be investigations into District budget management and accounting practices. We were $25 million in the red, shaved $30 million from expenses and ended up $25 million in the red. Even a grammar school student would recognize that doesn't add up!
The President also needs to beef up the ability of administrators to dish out REAL discipline, and make students TRULY accountable for their misbehavior!!!!!
I believe that there should be some kind of checks and balances in all school districts to make sure money is spent wisely. I have witnessed extremely high incomes for administration and unnecessary positions created for various reasons and yet the the consensus is to cut many jobs that are necessary to the quality of education of our students. School board members, who are paid a full time salary for their position with benefits are allowed to pass raises for themselves yet they resist giving instructional and non instructional people enough of a raise to match the cost of living. In the state I previously lived in these postions were voluntary and unpaid.
I am a 60 year old woman trying to survive on my own and after working for 17 years in this school system I am making a poverty level income I use to run after school clubs and tutor. However: Teachers who use to tutor to make extra income are now being charged to use the facilities for tutoring. Consequently because of the rise in cost the teachers had to make, many teachers have given up after school tutoring, reading clubs, computer clubs etc. It is ufortunate that this will probably result in a drop of our FCAT scores.
Each year our insurance coverage is cut and co-pays increase. I would like to see Obama put more money into public education. After all these are the future leaders of our country and if they are not well educated what will become of our country in the future years to come? Our particular school teaches not only academics but Character Counts, and Conscious Discipline, two programs designed to help students learn skills to help deal with disappointment, frustration, anger and the correct way to handle negative aspects and occurrences in their lives. These programs also help to teach children how to our children feel they can express their feeling and feel safe. These techniques are taught at the elementary level where they are most effective in teaching children to handle their emotions in a constructive and mature way. It would be a shame to see programs like this go by the wayside.
Please Obama, put our children and their education first in this nation. Allow the instructional and non instructional staff who work directly with our children to not only keed their jobs but make enough money that we are not living on a poverty level such as the $24,400. I am making after 17 years of service. I teach computer to students from k through 5th grade. These children, when they graduate from our school have as many and sometimes more knowledge that most adults. This is important in todays society.