Statistics show that the quality of education in the public school system in the U.S. is declining. How can this be fixed?

ANGEL 2012/04/07 15:40:43
In a recent poll asking whether the public school system in the US is
declining - just about every comment believed that it was. I think that
the statistics support that. While we pretty much agree that it is in a
decline. How then, can this be fixed?

According to this link: http://webstation19.8k.com/EDU.HTM here are some suggestions:


#1. No child should be allowed past fourth grade without the ability to read and reason out words and meanings.

#2. No child should be allowed to pass sixth grade, without demonstrating
the four basic math skills addition subtraction, multiplication and

#3. College entrance should be made much much harder,
anyone who is not in the top 40% of their class should be excluded from
college and start their working career earlier without the debt$ of a
useless education.

#4. ...bring our education standards up to the
rest of the industrial world's, we should have our children prepared to
graduate by tenth grade. This could be accomplished by doubling up first
and second grade teachings into first grade and third and fourth grade
into second grade teaching. These early years are the peak years for
curiosity and learning. By moving each grade back two years we have high
school graduation at 16, when minds turn to other things. By
eliminating two entire grades, we automatically cut the cost of high
school in half....

#5. Exclude from college anyone under 18, this
will give high school grads a chance to work, or explore self education
and decide just exactly what they may want to do with their lives.

(NOTE: Personally - I don't agree with all of these points - particularly #5 -
and I'm not sure about #3 or #4. I do agree with #1 and #2 and that
college entrance exams should be harder)

Given the statistics evidencing the declining quality of public school education in the U.S. - what do you think is a viable solution?

NOTE: This topic brings people together to the table commenting about a topic that doesn't necessarily depend upon your political, religious, or sexual
association. There are so many polls on SH that divide people and I just
want to change the tide.
So while there will certainly be opposing views on this topic -- you may find yourself on the same side of the table as someone who you do not
share the same religious or political beliefs. For example, parents with
school-aged children may be involved in
Scientology, Atheism, Muslims, Buddhism, parents who are democrats,
republicans, libertarian, heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual, etc. You
might just find that you have more in common than not.
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  • Mr moderate 2012/07/11 17:45:02
  • iamthemob ~ the 444th Guru ~ 2012/04/09 07:14:09
    iamthemob ~ the 444th Guru ~
    I would say generally, at the grade-school level, we just need to approach education more dynamically than administratively. The above solutions are mostly about imposing "universal standards" which is often more a burden than a solution (No Child Left Behind, anyone?).

    For instance, someone with profound skills in one area may be slow in another - so someone who may have a reading problem may be a math wiz...but would be held back potentially in the fourth grade because of that.

    As to the transition to college...making the entrance exams harder seems like a terrible idea. There aren't really "entrance exams" in most cases anyway. Such things would tend to reject a lot of successful candidates by accident.

    I DO agree that there are many people who shouldn't go to college...I would like to see the return of a more apprentice-style route for their "higher education" that would attract those with a proclivity to succeed in that program as a solution to reduce useless college debt rather than denying access to many who want and can use it.
  • raimiek 2012/04/08 22:49:14 (edited)
    Solutions one and two seem fair, but number three isn't fair at all! If your paying you're own tution, then you shouldn't be kicked out for not being in in the fourty percent range. If a college student finds it useless, then they will quit school themselves, the choice shouldn't be made for them, they are adults. I think it'd be nice if they hired more tutors for the schools. After school tutor sessions maybe.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/04/07 22:06:11
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    Get the politicians out of it.
    Get the lawyers out of it.
    Let the teachers teach.
    Let the administrators administrate.


    Stop believing the nonsense spewed out on AM radio.
  • Alley Cat 2012/04/07 20:57:41
    Alley Cat
    It cannot. The deliberate dumbing down of learners world wide has been planned years ago.

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