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How can our agency encourage two-way conversations with the public to share ideas and expertise to improve our work? What specific tools and strategies should we use to encourage these public conversations?
(@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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(@liat2768)

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Give them a break!!

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 »

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(@h.johsens)

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Scrap "No Child Left Behind"

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 »

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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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(@fumiko05)

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Ideas for Schools

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 »

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(@jason.hoekstra)

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Open Government Directive and the Department of Education

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 »

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(@jason.hoekstra)

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Feedback on OpenEducation ideas and comments

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 »

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(@frankruscica)

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Direct users of this site to ED.gov's Open Innovation Portal

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 »

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(@tinmouse50)

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How to Improve Our Schools

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 »

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(@mrs4282)

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Take the Politics Out of Education/Parent Accountability

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 »

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(@megan.eskey1)

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Develop an OpenEducation Social Strategy

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 »

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