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  •  Regarding reform, there are a host of things (3+ / 0-)
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    sunny skies, Seeds, 50sbaby

    that could be done to improve the schools.

    1.  End property taxes as the means of funding education.  This simply exacerbates the inequalities of the system.

    2.   End standardized testing, including for college admissions.  It has always been a square peg way to measure round hole educational success or ability.

    3.  Reform the teacher certification process.  Sorry, but getting a degree in education and a minor in your specialty is backwards.  Furthermore, the certification process is a barrier to good people who want to teach.  A good example is JoePa--he was once asked what he would do if he retired from football.  He responded that he would teach in inner-city Philadelphia.  Sad thing is that he could not do so because he lacked the teaching credentials.  There are plenty of other ways to evaluate and screen teachers.

    4.  End the tyranny of the lesson plan.  Too much time is spent by teachers trying to keep up with their lesson plans.  Teachers should have greater flexibility in what they teach from day to day without having to adhere to some set of detailed plans that their administrators have forced down their throats.

    5.  Reform the education schools.  Too much emphasis on the pedagogy-of-the-day fashions has led to a cottage industry of education school types trying to come up with the next big idea.  My school recently had us do "pedagogy ninja training".  What BS.  And many of these folks have never set foot in a classroom for any length of time.  

    6.  Administrators should be teachers first.  Get them out of the office and into the classroom!  Too many principals hopped on the administration track too early and are disassociated from the issues that teachers deal with while they try to impress their higher-ups.

    7.  Finally, teachers are the real job creators.  Pay them and provide the benefits befitting their position in society.

    Buck up--Never say die. We'll get along! Charlie Chaplain, Modern Times (1936).

    by dizzydean on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 09:26:37 AM PDT

    •  Regarding point 1 (1+ / 0-)
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      What options are considered in place of local property taxes?  I'm very interested in knowing what choices we have that are actually being discussed.

      I haven't forgotten The Path to 9/11, Disney. You're still dead to me.

      by beemerr on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 09:51:29 AM PDT

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      •  Michigan went from property taxes to (0+ / 0-)

        the sales tax, with the state managing the funds back in the 1990s.  The world did not end and, while they obviously still have a lot of issues with funding due to the economy there and Republicans never ending attempts to cut funding, it is still seen as a big step forward.  

        Buck up--Never say die. We'll get along! Charlie Chaplain, Modern Times (1936).

        by dizzydean on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 10:41:33 AM PDT

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