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People Do Not Like Current Education Policies - So Why Do The Leaders Like It

Society & Culture  (tags: educational policies, American displeasure, no testing, all groups, lack of leadership, parents, teachers )

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A deeper look into the polling data finds the distaste is overwhelmingly true for blacks, whites and Hispanics, and among Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

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Sheryl G (360)
Friday August 28, 2015, 8:11 pm
Per article:

The reason we don’t is that in our current political climate, the “test and punish” reform policy is the easier path to travel. Stern rhetoric and “tough-minded” policymaking are rewarded as being “very serious” approaches to governing.

Taking a position to support a valued institution like public schools, to assess their outcomes in a richer, student-centered way, and to ensure adequate, equitable funding, would take something altogether different – something more like, you know, real leadership.

**********yes, REAL leadership......that certainly is lacking today.

JL A (281)
Friday August 28, 2015, 8:21 pm
I agree Dandelion!

JL A (281)
Friday August 28, 2015, 8:21 pm
PS--some leaders like it because they have investments in Charter Schools and are making money from it and others because of the campaign contributions from the charter schools industry and (perhaps) testing industry.

Animae C (516)
Friday August 28, 2015, 8:24 pm
Thanx Dandelion

Freya H (358)
Friday August 28, 2015, 8:45 pm
I think the Powers That Be like our so-called education system because it cranks out unthinking sheep that can bleat out the "right" answers on cue.

Our lame excuses for schools try to be one-size-fits-all and end up one size that fits nobody. Plutarch said, "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." Common core and teach-to-the-test don't work because they treat the minds of children like empty pots to be stuffed with facts. You do that with a computer, not an intelligent mind. No wonder we have to import engineers and scientists.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 12:22 am
Thank you Dandelion.

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 7:53 am
I certainly agree with Freya and JL. It would please me, no end, for schools to begin to teach cursive writing and English. One testament to the educational deficits of the present system is the horrible deterioration of the English language. No one seems to understand our own language in this country. It's not all because of the 'test to the test' mentality; the deterioration started long before that, but it certainly hasn't helped the situation. "Tweet speak" (I'm coining that term, I think) has been part of the problem, too. And can anyone tell me why Sesame Street uses bad grammar ("Me want a cookie!) to young children who are just learning the language?? That's a travesty, too, that I've seen no press given to. I guess I should write an OpEd somewhere!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 11:55 am
Same applies with the United Kingdom. Every government has tried to stamp its own authority on what the education system should look like and how it should function, and with few exceptions, they've been unmitigated failures.

Thanks Dandelion.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 11:14 am
Policy leaders have to stay out of our education system. Our whole school system is wrong and has to be changed. We have to bring up our children to work with each other and not to be competitive, and educate them with life lessons they would actually need. All the testing has to stop as it just fake. Why do they have to prove who has the best school system? We do not need that.
What our current education system is doing is brainwashing our kids to their liking, and this has to stop.

. (0)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 11:14 am
Money and the dumbing down of the next generation.

Beryl Ludwig (80)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 12:02 pm
Education is so different now.
The government didn't have an interest back then.
Now it is kinda scary.
Thanks Dandelion

David C (120)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 1:39 pm
if people ever again realize that education is so much more than just learning for tests...I am always suspicious that too many policy makers are connected to $$$ sources causing their decisions

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 2:35 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
Many good comments above. I agree that the destruction of public school funding was to capitalize off charter school profits. But, the problem with public school funding was top-heavy administration......too many high-paying jobs and not enough money for teachers and their classrooms. Then came the micro-management of public schools---detrimental to all. Yes, big changes are needed; and soon!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 6:42 pm
It's as the 1% that rules the planet, wants it, and that produces a more easily manipulated worker bee. If the school system fails, well, there's always the prison system waiting for the non-conformist, self-educated, too smart for their britches, trouble-makers--- and other "Big Brother Society" misfits. Thanks Dandelion.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 8:00 pm

Adrienne L (9)
Monday August 31, 2015, 2:48 am
Thanks for sharing.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday August 31, 2015, 3:55 am
I totally agree Sheryl and when the system is broken it's time to fix it.

Leanne B (46)
Monday August 31, 2015, 10:07 am
Thanks for sharing.

Sheila D (194)
Monday August 31, 2015, 1:06 pm
One-Size-Fits-All doesn't work with clothes...why should it work with education. Thanx Dandelion.

Patrick Donovan (344)
Monday August 31, 2015, 5:53 pm
The 1% will oly keep getting their way if we don't get out and vote.

Charles Wallis (111)
Monday August 31, 2015, 11:02 pm
I find the premise of this article questionable. I haven't seen staunch advocates for standardized testing, common core, etc. among the current crop of presidential candidates.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 6:55 am
Charles that is the whole point of the there are no leaders DOING anything about it. Talk is cheap. In fact from BOTH the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration this IS the mess we got out of it. The No Child Left Behind out of Bush which started this testing mess and The Race To The Top that broadened not only the testing but the punitive measures under the Obama Administration.

Liliana G (201)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 11:44 am
The poll results are not bad at all. It seems people in the US are asserting their right to choose the policies in education and not just having them forced down their throats. If you test for the right reasons you already have a reeducation/remedial experience planned along with the test. Punishment is a crazy step and has no place in the learning process.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 1, 2015, 11:57 am
You said it all perfectly Dandelion....well said.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 2, 2015, 6:08 am
Education for the future of the public, not the leaders

Lawrence D (3)
Wednesday September 2, 2015, 11:32 am

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday September 3, 2015, 4:03 am
"This notion of "rich kids get taught and poor kids get tested." Cornel West

Maryann S (112)
Friday September 4, 2015, 5:24 pm
Thank you Dandelion.

donna m (97)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 12:28 am

donna m (97)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 12:29 am
thanks for sharing

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Tuesday January 19, 2016, 10:02 pm
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