The schools are educating our children well?
On average, everyone disagrees with nonconsensus between 296 voters.
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The schools are educating our children well
Reasons To Disagree
We are producing a generation of ambivilant children who are generally lazy and think that the world owes them a living
24 April 2006
People leaving school are still illiterate
20 October 2006
We are failing dismally to educate our kids properly. The manner in which they are assessed completely disguises the shortcomings of our extreme leftist, PC, educational system.
7 November 2006
Schools these days do not even understand the concept of education. We should teach them how to think, not what to think.
10 December 2007
How can an education system that takes a child from 5 years old and has them until at least 15 not provide a child with practical skills and a clear direction in life? Ask most 15 - 17 year olds' what they are going to do and they typically respond "I dunno". Education needs to be more closely linked to working apprenticeship opportunities and to identify and foster a child's talents much earlier. For example: Australia did this with it's sports clinics picking athletic children anywhere between 5-12 and giving them focused training to be an athlete. The results: more internationally successful athletes. We can do the same for every industry. www.palparty.org for more.
21 March 2011
Reasons To Agree
See remarks from someone who disagrees. If our education system is displeasing to a fascist, then it is probably doing a good job.
10 February 2007
Reasons for Remain Neutral
There are problems with the schools. Performance pay would be a good start to address them. But the main problem is with parents. Too much TV, too much computer screen time, not enough reading. Schools weren't great when I was at school in the '40s and '50s and they're no worse now. But our lifstyle was such that I learned to read, write, and count far better than most kids do now. The rot set in for reading ability with the introduction of TV and the switch to decimals killed our ability to count. Although I'm a long time computer user (since 1982) I feel that PCs in the classroom need to be strictly controlled. They can be an unnecessary distraction any earlier than university level.
I do not think performance pay would actually do it, the fact we need 'caring, nurturing' staff for those students who struggle a bit would help rather than just looking at a bunch of kids in a classroom and only teaching. I think teaching quality is very different from the old days, not necessarily better or worse but more average.
I'll say that the schools are educating our children well when my kids come home from school having enjoyed their day (every day) and also have learnt a good amount. Take notes from Finland
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