How would you change K-12 Schools in America?

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  1. Wry Catcher
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    I have some ideas but would like to hear what others think. Please, leave the partisan rhetoric out and offer the best ideas you have.
     
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    Core Curriculum:

    English
    English Composition
    Reading is Fundamental
    US and World History
    Play Time/Sports Phys Ed/Self Defense and/or Meditation
    Foreign Language

    Pick 2:
    Math for Living
    Math for Business
    Math for Geeks

    Pick 2
    Scientific Theory
    The Science of Living
    Bio
    Chem
    Physics
    Astronomy
    Anthropology
    Archaeology
    Global Warming (LOL. Only fooling)

    Pick 2:
    Craftsmanship
    Entrepreneurship
    Innovation
    Technology
    Music
    Art
     
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    I think, back to basics. By the beginning of the 6th grade kids need to be able to read and comprehend, Write, compute, speak 'publicly' with confidence, and behave within socially approprite norms.
    I do not believe all kids are born with the same skills or interests, yet we teach them as if they were. The assembly line was a good idea for producing the same product consistently; it is not a good idea for producing productive adults.
    What do you think?
     
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    Absolutely!

    That's why the curriculum be have an optional component to is as the people learn the basics or reading, comprehension and writing.

    There's just no place for craftsmen or tradesmen in our schools and that's wrong.
     
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    I agree. Not all kids want or have the interest or ability for a university education. Once they develop the basics (Reading & reading comprehension, computation, writing & keybording, and social skills) they need to have as vast an exposure as possible to the world around them. That includes hands on experience in making things, using the latest technological tools; for many kids - and adults - learn by doing. Passive learning passes them by.
     
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    Stop shoving politics down the students throats.
    Teach them the basics. The basics needed to get succesfully by in life.
    Get rid of the revisionist "HISTORY" books....Teach them the truth.
    Put those beautiful american flags back in the classroom.
    If a kid wants to pray, let 'em pray.....If not, fine.
    Fire all the teachers who's students on average are failing.
    Do away with unionized teachers.
     
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    The best thing you could do for K-12 schools is to get rid of the UNIONS.
     
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    I think there should be a heavy load of math, science, history, computer skills, reading, writing, physical education and social interaction within the students and student body. What I mean by that is kids need to be taught what is appropriate behavior within the community. All the rest of it - meaning the liberal minded feel good courses, can be discarded. Also to graduate from high school a student should be able to speak one other language other than English be it French, German, Spanish, or whatever. I also believe that all students should be required to wear an appropriate school uniform, no facial hair, and maintain a decent haircut.
     
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    if it was 'pick 4' in the science section I would like it. what is "the science of living" though?
     

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