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Submitted by (@johnnyfcooper)

Research skills based curriculum

Problem:The education system of the USA does little to prepare students for problems and subjects that they have not yet been exposed to through the public school system. The fast paced nature of the modern economy involves rapidly changing skill sets, as employees change employers relatively frequently. Solution: Every semester, students will use independent research utilizing any and all available resources to teach ...more »

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Submitted by (@steve.mings)

Differing Diploma Standards

I feel that students should be able to choose a path of education that is best suited for their skills as well as their personal feelings. The more we try to force students into a box the more they will resist. Just as in the Universal Design for Learning you need to provide multiple means of expression and engagement. In this respect I feel that students should be able to have multiple options towards their own individual ...more »

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Submitted by (@johnnyfcooper)

Technology and Education

Mandate all teachers film their lecture's and distribute them in DVD, and .mpeg format. Individual video lecture's enable the teacher to focus their time on 1 on 1 teaching instead of practicing their Greek theater. This allows students to move at a more individualized pace, with the intelligent students graduating high school in a single year. This requires that school's receive funding not based on attendance, but ...more »

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Submitted by (@johnnyfcooper)

Technology and Education

Department of education should have an equivalent of "Bell labs" developing open source educational tools. The private market may be more efficient, however that includes the science of marking up prices which is a frivolous expense to tax payers and invites corruption of the acquisition process. An example would be mass produced replacement/retrofit "desk" tops with an LCD screen built in to it under a glass plate. ...more »

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Submitted by (@mikezz32)

"POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL SCHOOL FUNDING PLAN FOR OUR SCHOOLS"

"REBUILDING AMERICA ONE PROPERTY AT A TIME" A Special NEW ADDITIONAL Tax write off Tax Credit could be given on; All Abandoned or Vacant, Properties including Farms/Land, Homes, Commercial Buildings, Manufacturing Plants, that have been unoccupied and run down for the last 2 or 3 years; If the Buyer that PURCHASES one of these properties Repairs/Remodels this property within the first year. This ...more »

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Submitted by (@ajenniferpage)

Let's Talk about Buses

It's a sunny April morning during my first year of teaching. I'm leading a line of students from the main building of the school to our classroom, which is located in a doublewide just outside the west entrance. It is about 10am, and our group is spotted by the district superintendent, who is heading to his office. The man takes a hard look at the line of students, and says to me, “You know what the three best parts ...more »

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Submitted by (@jkbrown)

Student loan payment information for un- and underemployed

The Department of Education should include a comprehensive and publicly-accessible repository of information aimed at students facing higher education loan payments in its Open Government Plan. As unprecedented numbers of students are securing federal and private loans to finance university and graduate programs, there is an increasingly present need for reliable, centralized and trusted information and advice regarding ...more »

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Submitted by (@evandhecht)

Reform

As a high school senior I have numerous suggestions to better our educational system. 1. Getting prepared for college doesn't start in high school, it starts in middle school. I do think we should start preparing students as early as pre-K, but emphasis should begin in middle school. Most students and parents don't realize the fact that what courses the student takes in middle school will determine what high school courses ...more »

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Submitted by (@cb.rxstar)

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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Submitted by (@thelobbyist)

Education Paradigm Shift

Do we not expect students to learn generally the same things? If so, why do we need expensive school boards for every town in the U.S.? In North Bergen, NJ the ASSISTANT Superintendent of Schools makes 1/4 million dollars and he's got two other government jobs. Here's my plan: create standardized online courses that will be customized to the type of student (fast learner, college bound, etc.) and taught by the best educational ...more »

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Submitted by (@krasicki)

Local Control and Innovation

We need to return control of curriculum and standards to the regional school boards. The idea of a national standard is a bad one. Our education policies pander to the needs of difficult urban environments whose main problem isn't school. Yet, we ignore on a wholesale level, innovative local programs. Furthermore, the federal mandates continue to strangle the ability of successful schools to maintain superior programs ...more »

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