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Taylor Kendal

Teaching with Primary Sources

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How do we reform education?

I recently witnessed a TEDx event in Colorado and heard Ramona Pierson discuss her philosophy on education - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5aHL2qd_08.

She believes there's an equation (ok, actually an algorithm) that can be used to prescribe a unique education path for every student. This idea comes in the wake of a near nationwide adoption of the Common Core Standards. Where do the resources in the United States currently need to be focused to assure positive progress in education?

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    Sep 1 2011: One of the bigger problems here is that when it comes to education reform, we have politicians who act almost apathetic about the quality of a students learning. They say class size doesn't matter and that the teacher is completely responisble. Additionally, they decrease funding for schools, especially if the standardized test scores are subpar. Yet these politicians, who have no background in education, fail to see that our students today are learning differently. Kids respond better to technology than they do to actual books. We're seeing such a huge emergence creativity, yet we still test students in the most base way possible. A way that doesn't connect with them at all, and labels them as unintelligent. In order to get into most universities, you have to take one of two standardized tests, even though they might not correlate with whatever career you plan on pursuing. If we are really going to reform our tattered education system, we need to reexamine the way we see our students, and the way they see the world.

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