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  •  Indeed, if we are going to talk about reform, (1+ / 0-)
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    why not be radical? These are excellent suggestions from lowt. Our educational system as it stands is dysfunctional, and needs a complete re-thinking.

    I doubt that a universal philosophy of education in the USA is either possible or desirable. What is needed in a place like Watts LA is not what's needed in the suburbs of Seattle WA or the rural areas of Missouri. We need to de-couple education from ideology, and give far greater leeway to individual teachers, as to what and how they will teach.

    And we need to pay our teachers much better than we do. The profession should be rewarded at the same level as that of doctors or lawyers. Highly, in other words. And at the higher parts of education (HS and beyond) we should require teachers to have real-world experience in the subjects they are teaching.

    The university degree in "Education" that many highly-paid teachers ( or perhaps, administrators of teachers) possess and get paid for is not nearly as valuable to students as the hands-on knowledge of experienced professionals whose wisdom goes largely untapped.

    The very idea that one could study for years to be a professional "educator" is absurd. And yet many do just that. And get paid well for it.

    Teachers at all levels should be respected by society at large and by the students in their classrooms. They should be paid at commesurate levels to the degree of their knowledge. In places like Korea and China, teachers are practically worshiped by students, which results in far better academic performance than we are able to achieve here in the USA.

    You treat teachers like shit, as expendable cogs in a pre-determined system, as under-paid wage earners rather than as essential harbingers of the future, then you're gonna get lousy teachers and lousy education for the next generation.

    "The pessimists may be right in the end but an optimist has a better time getting there" -- Samuel Clemons

    by native on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:01:35 PM PST

    •  Clemens (0+ / 0-)

      and did he really say that?  He was proudly pessimistic, esp as he got to his white-maned period.  He did say, "The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little."  

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