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  •  I live in one of the best school districts in the (0+ / 0-)

    country(80% of our high schools are in the top 100) and I can tell you that is absolutely not true.  The are frustrated that the schools do not meet the needs of the average student...they do well with the gifted and the children with learning disabilities but the average student gets shafted(according to the parents).

    "When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

    by lakehillsliberal on Sun Nov 22, 2009 at 02:56:27 PM PST

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    •  Failing students (0+ / 0-)

      is endemic in schools where most teachers have their hands terribly tied by politics and administrators. There are good administrators, and there are good teachers, but often because of mandates from the government that force teachers to race through material.  Students soon get lost in the material, then become frustrated and overwhelmed. Then they check out. It's really too bad.
      Teaching is a profession and requires knowledge not only of the material but of the techniques for teaching. But many non-educators feel they should tell teachers how and what to teach. Why do politicians have meetings with business leaders concerning education, instead of the education leaders like Alfie Kohn, Roland Barth, Nancie Atwell, Deborah Meier, or the late Ted Sizer. No, the last time they had a meeting about education, the meeting included Newt Gingrich, Al Sharpton, and Mayor Bloomberg. Who besides all their other skills are also experts in education apparently.

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