Current textbooks are expensive, and not really great. Creating free textbooks that schools could modify for their own purposes would raise the bar.
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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 »
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 »
Access to books is the most important factor in improving literacy. This means well-funded, well-stocked school libraries with qualified librarians.
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 »
If the goal of education is producing worthwhile, productive, intelligent citizens, why are we not teaching logic / critical thinking as a core subject along with reading, math, et al?
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 »
Many people have lost their jobs and would like to go into teaching. However, they would lose part of their SS due to the government offset on teacher pensions. This law should be repealed immediately and was part of President Obama's election promise.
From my volunteer experience in public school I think these are things that should be considered to help the improvement of education: -parents and children should have a neutral place to provide feedback on the school administration and teachers. -communication via emails with parents from schools (our school still copies everything on colored paper) -loosen up on the structured times for the day (scheduled restroom... more »
Thanks for all the ideas about ways to improve education! We need your ideas on a specific set of questions. The President has asked federal agencies to be more transparent, participatory, and collaborative. We are developing a plan for how to do that here at the U.S. Department of Education. We need your help. We are looking for ideas on 3 questions: * What should be in our open government plan? * What... more »
Thank you to all who are following and participating in this OpenEducation discussion. The US Department of Education (ED) and other federal agencies are excited to present this forum and see a lively public debate. We are indeed reading ideas and comments (see http://openeducation.ideascale.com/a/dtd/25352-7030). We will be doing so until March 17, the date when this discussion closes. At that time, ideas will be... more »
https://innovation.ed.gov/ The Portal site has more features, and no plans to curtail or cease operations (this site stops accepting submissions on March 19, 2010)... From the Portal's homepage: "The Department of Education has developed this Portal as an online forum where key stakeholders in education can share their innovative ideas and collaborate to turn those ideas into a new reality. By connecting an idea from... more »
In order for us to become a more perfect union I think that the following should take place to improve out eduction system: 1. Let the teachers take control in their classrooms and stop overtesting. 2. Understand that not all children have the ability to achieve at the same rate of speed. 3. Special needs students should not always be placed in the regular classroom because it interferes with the education of the students... more »
1. Get rid of elected school boards. They make decisions based on politics NOT for the students. 2. Revisit welfare reform and include more ties to parent continuing education and student performance. 3. Offer incentives for administrators with core-subject backgrounds. There's something to be said about a leader who can do their teachers jobs in their absence. 4. Follow up on districts that received funds from the... more »
Disruptive Technologies: A Holistic, Pragmatic Approach New technologies are emerging at a faster pace than Agencies can swallow. The rate of obsolescence outpaces the pace of change. Despite the new technology flood, Agencies lack a strategy to on-board these disruptions. As a result, they often react, flounder, or simply ignore them. We can solve these problems in four major areas of practice: Leadership... more »