(@jenniferatwood)

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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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National program evaluation data should be public-access

Too many national program evaluations are conducted by contractors who hold the data to themselves, when it's taxpayers who foot the bill, and one evaluation may be idiosyncratic or have methodological weaknesses. If we have a national program evaluation, evaluators must be obligated to provide the USDOE with an archivable copy of key data (made anonymous to protect privacy of individuals whose data was collected) that... 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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(@hankinchris)

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Better leverage open source software and open IT

The 1,600 members of Open Source for America are dedicated to supporting and guiding federal efforts to make the US government more open through the use of open source software. We have established recommendations for all agencies to consider in their Open Government Plans, with these recommendations especially highlighting the need to remove barriers to the successful leveraging of open source software and open IT more... 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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(@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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(@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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(@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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(@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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(@h.johsens)

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Viewing Statistics

I would like to see how many people have voted on each subject, and perhaps how many people have viewed it. The spread between the approve/disapprove does not tell us how many have voted on it. For example, you can have 100 people voting and there are 51 people approving of it and 49 people disapproving the difference (2) is the only number you see. The fact that so many people took the time to vote means that it is... more »

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(@lawrencesloan)

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Develop an open source, tablet PC for public school students.

The digital revolution has occurred and for our students to compete they have to have the best tools. The idea of having and open-source, free tablet PC for public school students would not only improve how children learn and interact but also save money. A smaller computer with wifi, an e-reader, and keyboard dock would cost around $120 per unit. At $200 a student, less than the cost of books for a high school student... 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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(@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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(@renshank)

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How to get more participants

Instead of just having a share option for individual points (which additionally allows people to fairly easy not use the site for the intended purpose), also allow people to share this site more generally with an entire list of emails or on facebook. I'll probably just directly share this right now, but honestly didn't think about it until I wrote this up. Making things easier for people to share is always good. :)

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