Showing 14 ideas for tag "education"

Training and Development

Start capacity building early for public participation

Start as early as preschool or kindergarten with having people participate in governance through use of consultative process through Web 2.0 and in person. This can then continue throughout their schooling and lifetime. There are many web 2.0 systems out there that are already being used for learning and collaboration in the classroom yet I find that my freshman university students have no idea how to formulate and respond... more »

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(@kelly.berger)

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Increase teacher pay and enhance recruiting to improve our education system

We all are aware of how poorly our nation is education our young people to have the skills needed to compete with emerging countries. Most kids do not attend college and many don't even finish high school. Why is that the case in a world where all the low-skilled jobs have moved over seas? I think it's because the government and media have not done a good job informing young people about the importance of education in... more »

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(@lenguahispana)

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Teach participation and empathy for others by teaching true history

We have been engaged in 'nation destroying' with regard to other nations, and are quick to point a finger at others' so-called terrorist practices when they refuse to bend down and knuckle under. From our definition of 'all men are created equal' to include only White, properties males, with a certain religious persuasion, to our persecution of dissenters (although the Republic was founded on dissent), our invading the... more »

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(@ucatchme)

New Strategies and Techniques

16 Year School System....

Instead of lenghtening the school year and class times,let children know they have college included in their journey threw education...Internet has children getting info. on demand,school system has to recognize that a boring class room well be emty and foster drop-outs...Teachers need the authority to get children that disrupt classes to remove them to non-teaching classes where their parents will ask why their child... more »

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(@nicholaspotter)

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Required personal finance education in high schools

Smarter consumers are smarter citizens. Given the number of problems related to people not understanding their finances that have spread exponentially over the past year, its in the government's best interest to make sure people know the best way to make their money work for them. Had this sort of program been in place, we might have avoided some of the current crises we now face.

First: Personal finance. From balancing... more »

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(@longshot9999)

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Copying our way to better school systems

Stop letting bad school systems experiment with reform. Make them imitate one of the more successful systems instead. Here's how it would work.

1. Define the demographic categories that will be applied to each school system. This would be things like the total population of students served, the relative economic status of those students, the transiency rate, ethnic mixture, etc...

2. After the demographic criteria... more »

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(@longshot9999)

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Create a National Curriculum for Education

Millions of dollars are wasted in this country on an inefficient educational system that is rooted in constitutional law that gives each state the right to determine its own standards. Examples of federal laws that create unnecessary waste and cost in education because of the lack of provision for a natioanl education system under our current contsitutional system are - the individuals with disabilites education act... more »

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(@longshot9999)

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A New Kind of Textbook

This idea would start out with a contest. Maybe someone like the Gates Foundation could sponsor it to make it worthwhile. The contest would present a list of critical scientific concepts that every educated person should know. Contestants would then submit the simplest possible method they could think of for getting the concepts across. Methods would be categorized by visual, tactile and auditory to cover different... more »

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(@paulastewart)

Legal & Policy Challenges

Don't prop up failing schools

Historically the federal government has been a small investor in the nation's education system. With the recent economic stimulus bill, however, this changed virtually overnight.

There is great danger in the sudden and massive amount of funding -- nearly $100 billion -- that the federal government is throwing at the nation's schools. District by district, the budgetary crises into which all schools were plunging created... more »

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(@mcgregorlucas)

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Allow schools to remove disruptive students, create alternative education paths, and establish public day care

Public schools are being mis-used a public daycares. The primary mission of schools used to be educating and preparing children to be members of a democracy and to be competitive in the market. Now schools primary mission is to be a place to park children while parents work.

Our workforce depends upon schools acting as a safe haven to place their children while they work. Because of these pressures schools are forced... more »

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(@luke.hutch)

Training and Development

Staple a green card to every advanced degree awarded in the US

The US has made a *huge* investment in my education: I have both a Master's and most of a PhD from good US institutions, and neither has cost me a cent due to receiving fellowships and working as a research assistant. The US has therefore invested something like a quarter of a million dollars in me, only to send me home after my degree (because the F1 student visa is of "nonimmigrant intent"). After paying for me to... more »

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