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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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  • May 1 2013: The top 3 things we need to do to change education are:
    1. Get parents involved
    2. Get parents involved
    3. Get parents involved

    Other thoughts:
    Education must be about preparing our children for life - whatever life they think will serve them best.
    Education (K-12) CANNOT have as it's primary goal to get everyone into college (we all know of highly educated CEO's that are idiots and other people with GED's that are building very successful companies).
    An essential role of Educators is teaching children not only HOW to learn, but they must also instill the desire to want to continue learning throughout their life.
    We must reinstate the apprentice program for virtually all fields of study. And no, it probably WON'T require more Teachers and more money because Teachers will be able to spend ALL of their time teaching rather than being referees and disciplinarians for otherwise bored students. As far as resources - we have the entire WEB available - if a Teacher and her student can't find the resources they need there (probably for free). odds are they didn't really need it anyway!
    Stop teaching to tests - a good Teacher does not need a standardized test to know if a student is succeeding.

    Teaching must once again become an honored profession, not merely a low-paying job.

    By the way, I am new to TED and I am amazed at the fundamental common sense offered here.
    TED should be required reading for all Executives and Politicians, if for no other reason than to keep them in touch with the REAL world.
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      May 5 2013: It would not be all that difficult to organize TEDx events at the legislatures around the country. Educate the politicians on issues like health, education and the environment by bringing speakers to address local concerns. Law makers are far from experts in any of these fields and would benefit greatly from new cutting edge ideas.
      • May 5 2013: Unfortunately, politicians get their educated ideas from the lobbyists and benefit greatly from said influences.

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