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How do we cut out the political middle man from the education industry? By vote by law by choice?

Political theatre makes education harder and more complex then it should be so to resolve this blame game take out government. Parents teachers and business are the real pillars of education so lets agree on this and move foward for the kids sake what say you? Vote yes vote no comments yes or no so I can get a survey.

  • May 14 2013: In the USA, we have PUBLIC education, paid for by the citizens in the form of compulsory taxes raised and administered through a republican form of government. There is no way to divorce this system from politics. If you want education free from politics, engage in private education or home schooling.

    However, keep in mind that all forms of child education must be accountable to public standards of some form. Society has the responsibility to assure that children are adequately educated. IMO, those standards should be established by professional panels or institutions, and not through politics. Unfortunately, even the standards are often politicized.

    I completely agree that politics can have a very bad effect on education, but doubt that you will able to completely separate the two. Perhaps the answer is better politicians. Care to run for office?
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      May 14 2013: This is exactly why we need school vouchers to make private education accessible to middle America.
    • May 16 2013: Even though it is tough to separate the politicians from the school education, I still believe that there are a lot of power abuses in the MANAGEMENT OF EDUCATION BY THE GOVERNMENTS. As many comments here all said that governments finance the education by taxes they receive. But actually the tax money is specifically designated for education use. In my view, the better idea is to have the state or local governments act as a distributor of the funds for education, not necessarily for requiring the "standards" especially the making up or editing the materials of "standards" for everyday teaching. The federal government is not given the power to regulate the local education by our Constitution. For example, it was reported that the federal government pay about 10% of the operating costs of the public schools here, but their regulations and mandates cost the local schools much more than the 10% funding. So there you have it, The state and local governments use the taxes which are specifically designated for education, but they are doing lot of interference intended for so-called "better education" but I am afraid that they haven' done a cost-effective job, even comparatively inferior compared with many other countries which spend 3 times LESS than what we spend. As far as the federal government is concerned, it's even more so than the local governments.
      In essence, the governments should trust the schools and the teachers trying to do their job, and perhaps they could give a qualification test, before the students graduate. If the students don't do a good test, they will be retained for retraining. And inferior schools will lose their funding. Government interference has not made our students more capable compared with the students 50 years ago, when there were less gov interference, or compared with students from other countries. If the manipulations by our governments haven't made improvement in past 50-60 years, how would we expect a better result this time?
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    May 14 2013: I'm not sure industry is the most appropriate term, but it is quickly becoming so in the education sector.

    When something becomes a money-spinner, you will get a lot of people who's agenda will be about the money not about effective education.

    This is the current problem with politicians interfering - while receiving public funding, education will continue to be used as a political football and very little else.

    I'm not sure I agree with business being a pillar of education - business models tend to fail within education for obvious reasons. Also, most businesses that "support" education are usually exploiting it for their own reasons, whether that be PR or, in some cases that I've seen, aiding with things like Resource Consent applications.
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    May 14 2013: By competition!

    Online and gaming education is at its dawn: and once they grow enough to compete with public-education, public-education will have to evolve or go the way of 8-tracks, pagers, dinosaurs, and the Ford-Edsel.
  • Jun 12 2013: I dont think that business' should be involved in education. It's a conflict of interests.
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    May 16 2013: Aren't teachers a union..? Can't they go to industry and offer to give them exactly what they say they need eliminating a good deal of over paid, state funded, baby sitters..? Or are we so over taxed that state funded baby sitters (that make a good portion of that tax) are the only way to have anything after taxes..?