(@liat2768)

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Teach to ability and not to age

It is illogical for us to insist that a child of a certain age needs to, and is capable of, learning only a set number of items and in a certain order. Instead of trying to force all chilren to progress at the same speed we should be allowing those to can work ahead to do so at their own pace.
We need curriculum that includes progressive acquisition of skills and knowlege but this should not be linked solely to the age... more »

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(@liat2768)

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Provide resources for those homeschooling the highly gifted.

Most people don't realise just how many parents of profoundly gifted children end up having to pull their children out of school settings and resort to homeschooling. The best and the brightest of our children are suffering from the below average education that most of them are offered.

We need an outreach / identification program for the Highly gifted. Many Universities are already beginning to offer classes to young... more »

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(@dieudonnee)

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Student Loan Forgiveness

I think state student loans more than 30 years old should be forgiven. According to New York Higher Education the only way a student loan can be forgiven is if you are disable AND permanently unable to work again. My sister is mentally retarded and tried college 30 years ago but due to her disability unable to finsih. The only way to get her excused from the loan is for her to never work again due to her disability. My... more »

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(@venus.mkultra)

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Innovative Process / Mini Trade School Within High School

Please we beg of you, let our kids go to trade school for high school. By the time some kids get to high school they are already interested in computers, cars, sports, science, math and English. Take some of the European schools for an example, where kids high school education offers trade school quality education for those preparing for work and college.

The well rounded education is boring, there is too much homework... more »

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(@yeloboltc)

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A New Approach on How Things Are Taught.

Below is a movie I recorded myself in the past that should reinforce this message to an extent. The end result of it will sound generalized, and lacking supportive material (and I'm also a rather nervous speaker), but I believe that receiving any student input at all is invaluable to providing ideas, and I believe that I am addressing a new problem that I will attempt to elaborate on in this explanation.

Students come... more »

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(@marlow.v.rossi)

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Listen to Teacher's ideas first

There is no one more important in the learning of a child than the teacher. They are the most qualified persons to advise on what works, what doesn't, how performance should be measured and what they need in order to improve the education system and their student's learning.

So ASK THEM. Form each school individually and democratically, empower teachers and involved parents to generate their own ideas. Reach out to... more »

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(@krasicki)

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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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(@thelobbyist)

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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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(@cb.rxstar)

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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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(@evandhecht)

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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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(@jkbrown)

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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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(@ajenniferpage)

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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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