THE EDUCATION SOLUTION – A NEW SERIES OF REPORTS

THE HOPE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS LIES IN THE HANDS OF OUR EDUCATORS.

 

I agree with those who say public education is the key to a prosperous future for not only individuals, but for the state and the nation.  The scary part is many believe it is broken.  Assuming that it is,  I am going to take a look at why and what some believe we need to do to fix it. 

First of all we have to know which questions to ask to gain perspective.  Here are some of them:

1. Is it true, as billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates asserts in Newsweek, that “Our schools are still organized for the Industrial Age rather than the knowledge economy?”

2.  Should teacher pay be determined by performance rather than seniority?

3. How can it be determined if a teacher is doing a good or a bad job? It takes an adequate evaluation program to judge teacher performance.  Bill Gates maintains we don’t have one.  Test scores are the main measurement now, but many claim that is not an adequate gauge and has many flaws. What would be a good evaluation process?

4. Are teachers being overly blamed for our education system’s comparatively poor performance? 

5. Have, as San Francisco University Rick Ayers teacher education professor claims, right-wing big businessmen and neo-liberals taken over education reform with the goals of privatization, making schools sites of regimentation, driven by standardized tests?

6. Are calls for more local control of education systems the right way to go, or should there be a more centralized approach that uses common curriculum, which is the case in the countries who are the highest ranked in the world in education performance?

In future blog posts, we’ll not only look at the questions on the national level, but at how they apply in Georgia and Muscogee County.  As we proceed with this effort, your input is welcomed. All you need do is to click on the comment button and tell us what you think.

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