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    The answer to the school problem is student protests and closing school districts? What answers are being laid out here exactly? It sounds like the diarist is advocating not sending kids to school.

    "Until elected officials develop the political will to create lasting and meaningful education reform that works and prioritizes learning and not just facts and figures and "sit down and shut up" I think we stop school."

    Protests are fine. But there aren't any solutions here that can even be analyzed or debated for merit. Jesus Loves You.

    by DAISHI on Sat May 11, 2013 at 12:55:36 PM PDT

    •  The White House has access to experts (3+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, Square Knot, Leap Year

      to come up with ideas for improvements. They have not come up with any solutions that have significantly improved the state of education. The diarist does a very good job of pointing this out. The White House has the responsibility to come up with better approaches to improving the situation. There any many differing ideas held be many people that may or may not be of value. I don't believe that the intent of the diarist was to present all of the solutions. Do you have some ideas? Fine. Feel free to offer some suggestions.

    •  Not exactly (2+ / 0-)
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      Philby, METAL TREK

      When a company does something we don't like what do we do?  We boycott right?  When your place of work doesn't give you the rights you deserve - you strike, right?  I think this is the approach the citizenry should take.

      Like it or not, we're not normal.  Kos readers, education advocates, we're not normal every day people.  The normal every day people who aren't engaged on this issue don't know any of this is going on because they don't have kids and they're not involved.  What is a way that we can build a community of support behind parents, teachers, students, and education allies?  Like it or not, walk outs, strikes, and shutting schools down gets people's attention really quickly.  It also puts kids who have nothing to do back in communities.... which means unsupervised teens .... and no one wants that.  THAT is where it becomes a community problem. . . and my hope is that's where people who aren't involved in this issue will learn more about the impact the best education can have on their community and in their state...

      Whatever we're doing now, just isn't working.  So I think the goal here is a little tough love.  Or I guess we could just send policy makers to the principal's office.

      The solutions on which you would like to analyze are pointless to propose at this point because there's no political will to even invest the time and energy to do it.  If you want policies read Obama's speech - invest, middle class, affordable, access... there are dozens more See: Sir Ken Robbinson.  I can understand if you don't exactly get the point of the piece - it's to call people out for their BS and hopefully encouraging people not to sit down and shut up but demand more than just empty promises from elected officials.

      Work together to save the world.

      by Sarahkatheryn on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:47:10 PM PDT

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    •  DAISHI, (2+ / 0-)
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      Bulldozer, Texas Lefty

      the diarist points out that Texas schools need money, and federal funding is only a small part of that formula. Furthermore, federal funds tend to be earmarked for things like special education and Title 1 programs. As long as Rick Perry and the GOP are in control here, they will slash education funding with impunity, and there's really not a damn thing we can do.

      Some of the bad policies, like NCLB, are federal, but Texas is implementing them on steroids. Again, with the GOP in control, we're kind of stuck.

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