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What can we do to change education?

My name is Hunter. I am a senior in High School and my english class recently watched this video.
This question was asked to me by a teacher to me back in 9th grade. His take on this was that there should not be an A - F grading scale because all kids do is shoot for an A. That's all. Nothing past that. All they need is an A to make everyone happy. I agree with this statement 100%. The problem is, how do we fix this? What scale can we use in order to make schooling more beneficial to future students? How do we get students to reach their full potential?

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  • Apr 11 2013: Part of the challenge facing education is the lack of an answer to one simple question, "What do you want as a product when these student finish their education?" I will qualify the following with my background as an educator originally from the United States so you understand the context of what I say when I generalize.

    Their are competing elements in education that don't know what they want the students to know and learn. All subjects think that students should know everything about their subject, which quickly leads to information overload. Most districts say that students will go to college when they graduate. Most districts are hamstrung by poor test scores from low performing segments of the population whom they must educate to a level so that they can go to college. If they don't then they are penalized.

    We must first establish what is it that we want from education. That is not clear. That is the target that keeps moving with every change of the standards and the teachers are trying to hit this moving target that is not even clear. Once you establish what it is you want, then the rest becomes easier. Sadly, we have establish a paradigm of comparing ourselves to everyone else based on assessment performance.
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      Apr 11 2013: "What do you want as a product when these student finish their education?"

      12 Rs - Essential basics
      Reading
      wRiting
      aRithmetic
      Relationships
      Reviewing
      Responsibility
      Reflecting
      Researching
      Reporting
      Reasoning
      Remembering
      Resolve

      12 Maturities - Proper education
      Ambition
      Sociable personality
      Fitness and good health
      Curiosity, enthusiasm for learning and knowledge
      Confidence
      Stand up for principles
      Develop and defend own opinions.
      Artistic appreciation and accomplishment
      Empathy
      Excellence of Rs
      Imagination and abstract thought
      Temptation : Awareness and resistance. Self discipline
      • Apr 11 2013: Peter, you have a very clear and simple list of what you wish to see from students at the end of their educational career. I can respect that.

        My experience, as a teacher, is that this list is variable and many people don't think that these topics are important or should be taught. For example, Empathy and Temptation, man parents don't want us, the teachers, teaching that. The district can't evaluate and quantify the learning of that and thus, don't value this either.

        One interesting conundrum I ran into while teaching science is that all the subject area experts believed that students should know everything about their area. And, if it must be know, it can be equated to a standard, and then quantified and assessed. But, it is quite a bit of overkill to expect every student to know everything about everything. Limting subject areas based on needs and interests would be wise.

        A holistic list of ideals and expectations, with high academic expectations, is important. But the public, government, and education has taken that to the extreme and now values content knowledge over anything else. Administrators care more about your ability to perform on a test, in many cases, than in your ability to deal with others.

        I believe we have lost a holistic view of education and I don't know if it can be retrieved based on current philosophy and educational beliefs. Great list and worthy of consideration.

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