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Sat May 23, 2015, 03:20 AM

Reich: Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to Reinvent Education

http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/05/21/ten-ideas-to-save-the-economy-5-how-to-reinvent-education/

In the big picture, much of our education system ó from the bells that ring to separate classes to memorization drills ó was built to mirror the assembly lines that powered the American economy for the last century. As educators know, what we need today is a system of education that cultivates the critical thinking skills necessary for the economy of tomorrow.

We have to reinvent education because itís not working for too many of our kids Ė who are either dropping out of high school because they arenít engaged, or not getting the skills they need, or paying a fortune for college and ending up with crushing student debt.

How do we get there?

First, stop the wall-to-wall testing thatís destroying the love of teaching and learning. Letís get back to a curriculum that builds curiosity, problem solving, teamwork and perseverance, and away from teaching to the test. Give teachers space to teach, and give students freedom to learn. Limit classrooms to 20 children so teachers can give students the individual attention they need.

Increase federal funding for education. The majority of U.S. public school students today live in poverty. Thatís a staggering figure. Our schools and educators arenít equipped to deal with this harsh reality but we know ways to change that. High-quality early childhood education, for starters. Community schools to serve the whole child, with health services, counselors, and after school activities.

Offer high school seniors the option of a year of technical education, followed by two years of free technical education at a community college. The route into the middle class shouldnít always require a four-year college degree. America needs technicians who can install, service, repair, and upgrade complex equipment in offices, laboratories, hospitals, and factories.ww.nationofchange.org/2015/05/21/ten-ideas-to-save-the-economy-5-how-to-reinvent-education/

In the big picture, much of our education system ó from the bells that ring to separate classes to memorization drills ó was built to mirror the assembly lines that powered the American economy for the last century. As educators know, what we need today is a system of education that cultivates the critical thinking skills necessary for the economy of tomorrow.

We have to reinvent education because itís not working for too many of our kids Ė who are either dropping out of high school because they arenít engaged, or not getting the skills they need, or paying a fortune for college and ending up with crushing student debt.

How do we get there?

First, stop the wall-to-wall testing thatís destroying the love of teaching and learning. Letís get back to a curriculum that builds curiosity, problem solving, teamwork and perseverance, and away from teaching to the test. Give teachers space to teach, and give students freedom to learn. Limit classrooms to 20 children so teachers can give students the individual attention they need.

Increase federal funding for education. The majority of U.S. public school students today live in poverty. Thatís a staggering figure. Our schools and educators arenít equipped to deal with this harsh reality but we know ways to change that. High-quality early childhood education, for starters. Community schools to serve the whole child, with health services, counselors, and after school activities.

Offer high school seniors the option of a year of technical education, followed by two years of free technical education at a community college. The route into the middle class shouldnít always require a four-year college degree. America needs technicians who can install, service, repair, and upgrade complex equipment in offices, laboratories, hospitals, and factories.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 09:47 AM

1. Isn't it funny that one of the big selling points

of private schools is SMALL CLASS SIZES. If you ask teachers what they would like to have, it's not money. It's smaller class sizes, readily available materials and support (not aggravation) from parents and administrators .

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Sun Jul 5, 2015, 06:42 AM

2. nice ideas

Here is what's going on in other countries:

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