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  •  You can't change other families. (3+ / 0-)
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    You can't make other families value education.  If you have lots of families in your area that don't value education, then you are screwed because their kids most likely won't value education.  They will have the kids who don't study, get bad grades, and hold the rest of the class back as the teacher struggles to get those kids up to grade level.  So if you have a smart well behaved kid, that kid will get left behind and the kid with the bad grades who doesn't study will get all of the teacher's attention.

    •  I agree with you completely (0+ / 0-)

      But what is the solution? Do we as a nation stop providing access and opportunity for all children because some parents don't value education? Do we as a community have a responsibility to educate all of our children?

      Infidels in all ages have battled for the rights of man, and have at all times been the advocates of truth and justice... Robert Ingersol

      by BMarshall on Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 07:51:43 AM PDT

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      •  Let kids drop out earlier (1+ / 0-)
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        If a kid is not motivated to stay in school and the parents are not motivated  to push the kid to stay in school. The only thing that kid is going to do in school is make the learning environment crap.

      •  Perhaps we need to develop magnet schools (1+ / 0-)
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        just for those kids - schools with apprenticeship programs, schools that concentrate on the kids who aren't college bound.

        There's a school in my county that has a guitar building class that has been hugely successful at capturing the interest of kids who thought school was pointless.

        In California, there are "day schools" for the kids who are getting left behind. Perhaps we can do more with those.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 08:27:55 AM PDT

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    •  How about we find out what those families do (3+ / 0-)

      value? And work from there?

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