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Ilhyun Jo

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The most efficient education

These days a better education is on top of the Obama administrations agenda and I wish to share my thoughts for the most efficient education. First I will explain what America is doing and then I'll tell you what I think they should be doing.
1)American education doesn't seem to teach American students by the textbooks enough. Sure they use the textbook but they don't use all of it nor do they use it in order of the table of contents. This is a problem for 3 reasons.
1.Each child will go through a different education experience and that might bring a disadvantage for some students.
2.Changing the education process is harder cause they don't teach by the book. Even if they change the book there will only be minor changes.
3.A student cannot study ahead of time.
The textbook being used more will make the next idea I have possible. It's the 3 step study system. Precede, class, repeat. The student studies ahead of time before class, takes the class and then for the final touch look back at what the student learned. This isn't even possible because of the current system, It shouldn't be so hard to start studying.
Of course this will be ideal if the textbooks got thinner, government controlled, and more portable(Not hardcover).

2) Make a free education videos that are top notch on quality. This will make kids in all areas of the country have access to quality education. The best teachers should do this or it will be rendered useless.

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    Mar 17 2011: I have to say that I disagree with you about wrote learning. Although I am only a teenager, I have been a lifelong believer in Carl Rogers' thinking about education, specifically how reasoning is more important than simple facts. Reasoning cannot be learned from a textbook, one cannot improve their critical thinking skills from a textbook just as one cannot improve their social skills from a book. However, I am in no way saying that facts are unimportant but rather that specific and tedious details are useless if the idea is not understood. I think that it is difficult to look in and see the complex relationship here between the school system, labor unions and politicians, which hinders the learning of many students.
    I think that your idea about online educational content is excellent however. The Khan Academy is a great example of this, and I would recommend the TED talk from Salman Khan.

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