U.S. schools rank 26th in the WORLD in performance. How would YOU fix U.S. Education??!!
BlueRepublican 2012/05/23 15:55:08
Earlier this year NJ Gov. Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation to build more schools. During the debate it was mentioned that U.S. schools ranked 26th in the WORLD based on performance. This is unacceptable.
Today's kids are falling behind the rest of the world. In order for the U.S. to compete in the Global Economy we need to improve our performance. All suggestions need to be considered.
Some claim that our deterioration is due to lack of funding for schools and underpaid teachers. Currently Education only makes up 2% of our national budget while more than 3x as much goes to paying interest on our DEBT.
Others suggest that we need more competition from charter schools. The public deserves more options and like public, charter and private.
There are even people who advocate mandatory national standards (Like No Child Left Behind) in which states can lose funding if they do not meet the required criteria.
This of course has led to some disastrous results in some parts of the country.
Personally I support 'block grants' for education to each state, and let THEM handle things at the local level. This will allow the freedom of administrators, teachers and parents to find what works best where they live. After all, teaching students in California is not the same as teaching kids in New York, or Mississippi.
I believe that this will also allow for more innovation and flexibility. States can look at other successful models and implement them locally.
Let's get the discussion going. We all want a better future for our kids, so I encourage all parties to join in and tell me....
How would YOU fix U.S. Education??!!
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