“Yeah! That's right, tell them! I mean, it's ok if a person who has never performed a surgery tell a surgeon how to do their job. It's ok for a drug counselor to take orders and commands from a person who doesn't even hold a counseling degree! I mean it's 'Merica fro God Sakes!”
“Because voucher schools have performed poorly with little to NO oversight. By the way, if you want to take your child to a private school and want your $4.35 that you contribute through your tax dollars to go with you, then go. But I don't want my $4.35 going to a private school that can teach that Jesus rode Dinosaurs!”
“Who cares!! We need to get rid of the bad teachers! There are SO many of them! Let's use test scores that have been proven to be unsuitable for hiring/firing decisions and get rid of the bad teachers!”
“I agree but I believe you mean quantitative. Please consider joining Parents Across America through their website and The Network for Public Education. Those two organizations is helping to bring a new type of change to our schools.”
broui on May 29, 2013 at 17:10:22
“How do you quantify human growth, learning ability, etc.?
You can't. It is folly to try. Instead, good education is qualitative in nature.
I'll check out your orgs. We do need a re-design but I'm suspicious at this point in my career of any 'new' thinking. We tend to repeat and repackage old stuff assuming that we can improve this system.”
“time to do away with currency all together. Best way to close the gap. If this is a knowledge based econonmy then the currency should be knowledge and the pursuit of knowledge. We, as humans, should demand a better and just society. Do away with economies based off of aquisition of "things" and base it off aquisition of "knowledge". We need a new golden era.”
David Flint on May 17, 2013 at 12:23:00
“Yeah, who needs food and shelter? Knowledge will keep us fed and safe. Speaking of working towardds the acquisition of knowledge- take a basic course on economics. You high school should have provided one, but apparently did not.”
“SEGREGATION! I commend every single one of these young men. However, resegregating children based on socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender and so on is not what we want. Again, I commend every single one of these young men and wish them well on their way to college. I would like to commend their parents as well, for making sure they succeed. You have parents that want you to have success and makes you work for it will always turn out well. What about the ones who don't?”
noshortcuts on Mar 30, 2013 at 17:43:44
“The other students with less supportive families are in public schools. They make up the statistics that show an enduring achievement gap.”
“Very good point. For instance a child can miss a majority of the school year, but as long as they get a note from home (not even a doctors note) they are considered excused and nothing can be done. Now, as a researcher you need to look at reasons why teachers are reporting absent. I would say that teacher absenteeism has grown a lot since the introduction of NCLB and now RTTT. The pressure placed on teachers from administrators is ungodly and most teachers get sick more often because of the level of stress for things that are out of our control. Also, look at the attack teachers have had to endure these past two years from both Republicans and Democrats (look at DFER). It's no wonder there is a problem but should the issue be micromanaged by some people at the state level that will only read this report and not look at all of the underlying issues?”
foresure6379 on Nov 6, 2012 at 17:35:44
Yes, with the NEW, and absoutely, ABSURD idea that teachers ought show that they have accomplished anything in a school year, they must get their medications checked more regularly.
A non-teacher can hardly appreciate the shock and mental stress that hit teachers when they were told that they were expected to show some achievements for the money they get from the taxpayers
But, you are quite right. Why in the world should teachers be held to a higher student than elementary school students.
“What do you mean, "what?" What do you not understand, daughterusmc makes a very good point.”
Andrew Long on Nov 6, 2012 at 14:56:01
“Not saying she does not make a valid point. It's 2012, not 1962, men have taken on a much more involved role in giving primary child care. White washing absenteeism abuse by teachers because of child care needs is weak. I assume those children get sick mostly on Mondays and Fridays also since the article makes note that of that detail.”
“Hmmmm! The only difference between a Romney and Obama education agenda is...........................nothing. They both want to privatize and stigmatize teachers and push in unqualified people (TFA). I am disgusted with both regarding education and the only way I will feel better is if Obama gets rid of Arne Duncan and puts in an educator with education credentials, not business. It's time to promoting public schools, not bringing in charters or vouchers or any other unproven method. We need to begin using research to make decisions regarding education, not populist ideas and rhetoric.”
Michael Rockow on Nov 6, 2012 at 19:08:59
“I agree that both parties have crappy education policies, but Romney's is far worse. The privatizing issue is too significant to ignore.
I would like to see Arne gone from the DOEd, but I doubt that will happen.”
Oct 4, 2012 at 10:37:19
“You are the clown! Because charter schools are PRIVATELY RUN PUBLICLY FUNDED schools. It is a back door for companies, hedge funders and Wall Street types to line their pockets with public dollars. Get it straight, this movie PROMOTES charters, which in turn promotes privitization. And in also demonizes public school employees, which most parents do not agree with.”
PennagirlWBO on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:16:05
“Every charter school in my state is for the elite, liberal thinking, artist types that complain that there is not enough money to fund their little corner of the world.”
“I know what IB is as I am a trained IB Music teacher. I agree, the bar needs to be set higher and require ALL children to reach that high. Some children will just need more help and time to get there, but CAN get there. Nice to hear your comments.”
“The Netherlands really don't do much better than the US. By the way, it's not lazy teachers it's lazy administrators who don't try to improve their teaching force with professional development and continued education. I believe everyone who enters the profession wants to be a great teacher, but still needs training. Also, I don't believe anyone should be allowed into a classroom with less than a master's degree and two years of a residency. And lastly, I think that our universities need to do a better job teaching pedagogy and theory to future teachers. We need to raise the bar of teacher education programs in the US in order to promote a better education system.”
WaltRD on Sep 3, 2012 at 14:35:12
“I agree we need to raise the level of teaching standards and provide more continuous development opportunities for teachers throughout their career.
I also agree with you that often the problem is a lack of leadership by some administrators in knowing how to lead plus lack the knowledge and skills on how to create a climate for learning which energizes students to learn.
We need to develop the International Baccalaureate Program in every school here in the U.S. or, if not every school, ensure those students who can handle that curriculum have an opportunity to do so. And we need to provide more opportunity for students who would be served better with a Visual and Performing Arts School, than a college track, to also have the opportunity to do so. Plus, we need to develop more career schools, again giving students the opportunity to maximize their shills and talents in an environment of challenge. Those are a few things I'd suggest, jjones 1975 By the way, you may or may not know, IB is a program that sets the highest standards in the world for education.”
“It was tried and it showed the opposite. Having large classes in the elementary grades and then tapering off from middle to high school showed larger gains. The biggest problems I see with education is the lack of research based reform coming from policy makers. They listen to sound bites, talking heads and never from the experts who are out there doing all the research. Education in America needs to be based on the ideal that "ALL" students CAN learn ALL things, regardless of class, ethnicity or gender. However, research also shows that socio-economics plays a LARGE part in a students learning. So, we need to do a better job targeting our resources to those schools that are more heavily populated with Free/Reduced lunch. Also, special education needs to be revamped and made available to ALL students whenever they need the services. I can go on but I don't have time.”
“Nope, wrong! Many of the best performing countries in the world realize that children need time to just be children and build into the day a steady mix of fine arts and physical activity. Their days are shorter and in Finland they don't even start school until age 7!”
“Funny that unions are incorporated into the fabric of education in the top performing countries in the world. Why does their have to be such animosity against an organization that millions of teachers belong too and rely heavily on for their professional development?”