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  •  another several hundred words written (10+ / 0-)

    on my essay

    Coming back to this I realize that it is probably too rambling, that above the fold may not properly indicate what it is about, and that the title is not inviting.

    So be it.

    I had thoughts rattling around inside my skull.

    I tried to put them together in a coherent fashion.

    There are at least a few things of worth buried in the verbiage I posted.

    I assume at least a few people will encounter the piece, some of whom might even find value therein.

    Enjoy the last day of your four-day weekend.

    Now back to my first draft.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Mon Jul 05, 2010 at 05:07:02 AM PDT

    •  I agree that we are (0+ / 0-)

      not meeting the true needs of all of the students because states want to look good to the public saying they ae preparing all for college.  When have all gone to college?  When have all wanted to go to college?  

      I am in Texas and I see students dropping out because they are expected to take physics, chemistry, and geometry no matter what their plans.  Why not give them the option of environmental science and business math, and other such courses that also have value?

      I also hate that we make them feel like a failure if they don't go to college.  My plumber and electrician make more than I do and in a lot of cases get a lot more respect.  I want to start educating people in ways that are valuable to them and our society.  We are not all the same, thank goodness.  

      •  I will add to that (0+ / 0-)

        that the plumbers and electricians are not getting their jobs shipped overseas!  

        I do value the professions and both of my children have graduate degrees, but I also value other paths that contribute to our world.

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