Are we taking the correct approach to Education in our schools?

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    Is standardized testing, longer schooldays, and increased stress doing it for our children?
    I don't think so. If you do then please explain why.

    I think we should have 5 hour school days with the following courses:
    -Math
    -English
    -Science
    -PE (outside sports)
    -Computer/Economics (semester long classes)

    I think that we should have 5 hour school days because it would benefit our students and taxpayers. The goal is to save money and increase efficiency. But the 5 hour school days could also open up the opportunity for extracurricular activities to keep our kids out of trouble and successful. They would have more time to enjoy themselves and be successful.

    I also support the option of dual enrollment.
    I think giving our kids the opportunity to get college credits early without having to pay for it is an AWESOME idea. They could have their AA when they graduate High School.
    (so they can pave their way in the future!)

    what do you think?
     
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    Certainly the amount of actual education going on in most schools these days could easily be condensed into two or three hours of intense concentration. Home schoolers know that very well and are on average outperforming public schools in a most dramatic fashion.

    I would like to see music and the other arts reinstated in the schools as normal education curriculum for ALL students too, as I believe such develops focus and discipline as well as expands and increases appreciation for the beautiful things in life in general.

    I don't see why college courses should be provided free to students though. In my day, students had after school jobs to earn morning for extra curricular things. Let's go that route instead of instilling a sense of entitlement into kids early on. Much better to teach that anything worth having is worth working for.
     
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    I think we ought to separate school and state, let the parents decide and pay the freight for those choices.
     
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    I don't have any problem with people forming a social contract to pool resources for public schools at the local level. All parents don't have the skills or temperament to homeschool their kids. But I sure want the federal government out of the process entirely other than doing data gathering so that each school can see how it is performing against all the others. And even that could be handled by a private organization.

    But yes, when schools were in the local community and not seen as a state or federal function, we kids who took band were expected to buy or rent our instruments; our parents formed booster associations and held fund raisers to raise money for trips and uniforms and other perks that went with it. It was a far better process than what we have now.

    And the kids got a far superior education to what is usually produced in the public schools now.
     
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    We don't need any such "social contract" to feed, clothe and house ourselves.

    You want to bring kids into the world, then take the responsibility for feeding, clothing, housing and educating them.
     
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    I think it should be optional for that.
    Because I'm sure students would want to have shorter school days instead of doing music.
    So it could be an extracurricular activity, there would definitely be money for that.
    Students could have more time to enjoy themselves or work if they want to.
     
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    I think HS should be split towards those qualifying for college and those more towards a vocational education.
    One size does not fit all and we cannot hold back the gifted for the less gifted.
    And train the really less gifted for basic living skills many will do well to hold a job in a retail store or wash dishes in a restaruant. But they should be educated to do the best they can.

    This divergance of educationl routes should begin in about 8th grade.
     
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    How do you think we could take the correct approach?
    Any plan in mind?
     
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    I think it would be a waste.
    I rather go with the one size fits all with the option of an IEP for the less gifted.
     

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