(@peter.row)

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Review the efficacy of graded homework

Does graded homework improve students (across multiple subjects) or is it just a sub-optimization? If a student is given more graded homework in Physics, then they won't do as much ungraded homework in Biology (especially if the grades go towards their final marks). So do students learn more by doing graded homework, or is it just a turf war between different teachers all trying to push kids to work harder in their... more »

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(@adamm.smith)

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Universal district maps

I'd love see all of the local school districts overlaid, as polygons, on a Google map. It is hard enough just to get to view the exact boundaries of our local districts, so trying to draw conclusions about the layout of neighboring districts becomes near impossible, let alone making comparative studies across regions. If district bounds were available as a standard data-set, third parties could mash up other data layers... more »

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(@adamm.smith)

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Schema (data format) for student performance records

Come up with a relatively general-purpose schema for encoding records of a student's performance in a sharable data format. The schema should be flexible enough to support some local customization by institutions but rigid enough to allow instant import of foreign sources. This schema should be paired with anonymization guidelines so that institutions can feel comfortable exposing this data to the public and other bodies.... more »

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(@hals00)

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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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(@adamm.smith)

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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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(@frankruscica)

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Call for "jobs stimulus" that subsidizes customized education

(2/11 UPDATE: Down-voters, please share your reason(s) in the comments section. Thanks for any insight.) In response to this site's question: “How should we collaborate with…businesses?” Summary The provision of said subsidies can be expected to: * catalyze the creation of many jobs * help children enjoy fuller development of their physical brains --- Hello all, I have developed a business plan for establishing... more »

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(@dgodon)

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Allow democratic innovation in public schools

Public schools are an important part of a democratic society and public funds should not be farmed out to private charter schools (whether non-profit or for-profit). And, part of that is modeling the democratic process within schools - allowing teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and especially students to have a voice in how schools operate. Learning how to work together is not only an important skill in an increasingly... more »

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(@vishaldpatel)

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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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(@adamm.smith)

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Adopt longitudinal studies core practice.

Several other ideas in this list question the efficacy of traditional grades, but how are we to be sure one way or another? The obvious answer is to control with randomized longitudinal studies that follow select students through their entire educational career. These studies let you make meaningful (though qualitative) comparisons across grades and institutions and are a source of ideas numerical approaches aren't designed... more »

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(@duncan.john)

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Schools, not prisons

Encourage schools to become less like prisons and more like educational campuses. Off-campus privileges should be the rule, not the exception. Study hall is a bad idea, compared to free periods. I watched my high school degrade from an open campus created in the 70s to a locked-down prison in the 90s. No-one would say the education was better in the 90s.

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(@svetlanamedusa)

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Adopt mastery approaches: #1 Scrap letter grades (off topic)

Dgodon suggested we have more comprehensive methods of assessment; I want to suggest something more stark. Scrap letter grades completely, and replace with pass/fail. If you want to distinguish the elite from the ordinary, use portfolio samples: there's enough variation in pass-fail work to please everyone. Elite students can also distinguish themselves by simply getting through more work faster. Pass/fail typically... more »

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