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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 2 years ago

    Rick Scott cut $1.3 billion from education. Then two years later he adds $1 billion to the budget and declares he is the education governor.

  2. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, almost 2 years ago

    What worked in the 1930s and 40s does not necessarily work today. Times have changed, and the goals of education have changed.

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 2 years ago

    Teachers must teach within the curriculum given them and within the strictures the school administration applies.

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 2 years ago

    “….school system psychologists insisted that “It would be bad for the child’s ego structure,….”

    Society has used the term “raise children” when what was actually meant was raising a child to adulthood and society knew that. Psychologists have taken the process of “raising children” and made the process the goal, not using the process to obtain a functioning adult.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Rockngolfer

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gubernatorial/gov-rick-scott-signs-70-billion-state-budget-after-1427-million-in-vetoes/1225440

    He was elected to balance the budget. He did. Then he allocated funds the next year to keep a balanced budget.

    Even though I am well beyond the years when MY children are in the system, I still donate to the local K-12 system in cash and goods every year. One day maybe we can get beyond the need to “standardize” and have a system that will support children in the area that will improve every aspect of their education. Reading and Reading comprehension rather than having a cookie cutter one size fits all system.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 2 years ago

    @Newenglandah

    The goals of education may have changed, but the process of educating a child was quite successful. Educational psychologists have scrapped techniques that were tens of generations in development and worked well for methods that are of dubious to marginal success.

  7. SpicyNacho

    SpicyNacho GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    Thank you for that excellent comment. Many liberals have a hard time with that “balance” thing when it comes to a budget. Too much money gets wasted on the cookie cutter approach with worse results.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    So….dude …… what say you about the quality of higher education in light of this huffington post article?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/28/college-grads-unprepared_n_593524.html

    So tell me, who is it that is in charge of this segment of our educational system? Who is it that teaches them they are all "special’ ?

    Education is fundamental. BUT, education needs to teach necessary skills.

  9. Brutatowski

    Brutatowski said, almost 2 years ago

    You want to improve education: first go to a voucher system. If schools have to compete for students, they’ll pick up their game, second: get rid of tenure so that teachers, like most americans, have to keep doing their job efficiently to keep it, Third: get rid of the rubber room system, like New York. If a teacher can’t teach, fire them. Lastly: politicians should stop taking any money from teachers’ unions until they start cleaning up their own mess.

  10. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, almost 2 years ago

    @mikefive

    Education was not “quite successful” back then. You are wallowing in nostalgia. Back whenever you are nostalgic for the dropout, fail-out, and expulsion rates were at levels that would be considered scandalous today. It did not matter so much back then because there were plenty of good jobs for the dropout in mills and factories. If a kid back then balked at having to sit in class or do homework, that was ok; the mill across town was hiring; good luck to him. Today that mill is shuttered with the work that employed thousands outsourced to third world countries.

    What would be your answer? Expel the kid anyway? He would probably end up homeless or in prison. Public schools today are morally and legally obligated to serve a wide range of students, the brightest college-bound student and the apathetic stoner. A 1940s style education system would not cut it.

  11. wbr

    wbr said, almost 2 years ago

    USA is number 1 in $ spent per kid
    http://rossieronline.usc.edu/u-s-education-versus-the-world-infographic/

  12. Walrus Gumbo

    Walrus Gumbo GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I was held back in 7th grade along with six of my classmates. The following year I had the same teacher as my science instructor and got an ‘A’ in his class. It proved that I wasn’t stupid, just lazy. I respect that teacher more than any other I had!

  13. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 2 years ago

    After 237 years of the shining beacon of hope and this is happening? Why?
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    Couldn’t resist.
    This has been a problem for 237 years, used to be an upper class problem, now it effects everyone.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    And how is this better for the children? Stupid to teach to tests instead of education.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    The hope is that the Plutocrats take control like in education. The change seems to be happening. Happy now?

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