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Bring back music in schools.

Do what it takes to bring back music, curiosity, experimentation and fun in learning. Regimented learning has gotten to the point where most students hate going to school. This needs to change - school is supposed to be fun. 1) Get domain experts to share their love of a subject with the kids. 2) Bring back chemistry the way it was taught. 3) Music.. let people play.. make noise and fall in love with it. 4) Make education ...more »

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Fund research into optimal school start times

"From the onset of puberty until late teen years, the brain chemical melatonin, which is responsible for sleepiness, is secreted from approximately 11 p.m. until approximately 8 a.m., nine hours later. This secretion is based on human circadian rhythms and is rather fixed [by exposure to sunlight]. In other words, typical youth are not able to fall asleep much before 11 p.m. and their brains will remain in sleep mode ...more »

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Give them a break!!

Children are not meant to be sitting down and studying for 7 hours a day! Recess time has shrunk to almost nothing, gym is often culled if other 'more important' events need to take place and then children are penalized for having too much energy. Schools need to incorporate multiple breaks for the children throughout the school day. Learning does not occur only at the student desk. Our elementary school recently shortened ...more »

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Adopt mastery approaches #2: Scrap social progression (offtopic)

I'm not sure how age-based progression ever became the standard, but it stinks. Offer students a comprehensive mastery syllabus that they can navigate at their own pace (possible within a normal school setting without anything too radical) and let them progress as they master skills. If you're 15 and still working with a bunch of 11 year-olds on Arithmetic 3, so be it. Caveat: keep the overall age limit on schools (ie ...more »

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Universal procedural literacy / computational thinking

Introduce foundational programming skills to all students at least by the middle-school level. A procedural literacy program could bootstrap from the computer skills (including the use of spreadsheets, programming in a data-flow paradigm), but should quickly move to take a more universal role across broader areas of knowledge. Computational thinking is important not only in STEM careers, but business/marketing and even ...more »

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Truly Healthy Lunches

Doing away with sugary foods in lunches is a start, but it is not the biggest problem with school lunches! Fresh locally grown food in school lunches should be a priority of the Department of Education. Most school lunches in America consist of heavily processed industrially created food that is often times poorer quality than fast food restaurants. -The Department of Education should team up with First Lady Michele ...more »

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The Department of Education should live webcast all meetings

The Department of Education should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings ...more »

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Renaissance in Education rebirth of Arts/Woodshop/Home Economics

In order for our children to compete with the rest of the world we need to bring back the valuable subjects of Art, Woodshop, and Home Economics. We need to teach our children how to create with their hands. Did you know the Arts teach kids to be more tolerant and open. - allow kids to express themselves creatively. - promote individuality and bolsters self-confidence. - provide an alternative to delinquent behavior ...more »

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Scrap "No Child Left Behind"

This has been a travesty. It was passed as a bill that would help school children excel, but all it has done is to take classroom time away from teaching in order to teach the students how to take a test. It is teaching rote learning, which is not learning at all, but repetition. It is teaching children the wrong thing. It is teaching them that test results are more important than learning the material. It is ...more »

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