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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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Ban Teacher's Unions to Increase Accountability

"Teaching is a special profession where unionization is actually COUNTER productive."


I'm sure the idea is making many readers fill with rage, however I'd hope these people will consider the facts before they jump to conclusions.

1. Teaching is one of the only professions where employee accountability is nearly impossible. There is virtually no way to chart a teacher's effectiveness, productivity, and motivation accurately.... more »

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Eliminate the Federal Department of Education

The Federal DOE is a 48 billion dollar duplication of state agencies. Instead of collecting taxes from states and then distributing that money to states minus the costs of collection and distribution, leave the money where it is. Local agencies know the needs of their constituents better than a distant office and did arguably better without the DOE, which only came into existence in 1980.

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Technology and Education

Mandate all teachers film their lecture's and distribute them in DVD, and .mpeg format.

Individual video lecture's enable the teacher to focus their time on 1 on 1 teaching instead of practicing their Greek theater.

This allows students to move at a more individualized pace, with the intelligent students graduating high school in a single year.

This requires that school's receive funding not based on attendance, but... more »

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"POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL SCHOOL FUNDING PLAN FOR OUR SCHOOLS"

"REBUILDING AMERICA ONE PROPERTY AT A TIME"

A Special NEW ADDITIONAL Tax write off Tax Credit could be given on;
All Abandoned or Vacant, Properties including Farms/Land, Homes, Commercial Buildings, Manufacturing Plants, that have been unoccupied and run down for the last 2 or 3 years;

If the Buyer that PURCHASES one of these properties Repairs/Remodels this property within the first year.

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Utopia: The initative to be better.

It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it is one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure. We have come to... more »

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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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Informed citizen participation trending idea

Something that has been missing for decades in our school systems would be the study of both ethics and logic. Ethics at a young age would help foster moral practices in government and business. Logic would help people realize when falacious arguments are being forced upon them in the media, courtrooms, and government broadcasts. As I learned in obtaining my degree, logic teaches you how to think for yourself. What a... more »

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Develop ED "Learning Community" for kids trending idea

One idea that has come to mind is the development of an ED website that kids could use as a place for fun, competitive learning. Kids would register with the site and be able to participate in various learning games against children from all across the country. Games could include game-show style quizzes, logic puzzles, historical scavenger hunts, etc. Children would be rewarded with online awards that they could display... more »

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Reverse college lending deregulation trending idea

The deregulation bonanza of the last two presidential administrations has created an educational cost structure in which tuition has doubled in the last ten years and resulting in increases at almost twice the rate of inflation. Students today can easily pay 30-50% of their income servicing their educational debt. Educational debt has become almost impossible to absolve through bankruptcy compared to home ownership and... more »

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Differing Diploma Standards

I feel that students should be able to choose a path of education that is best suited for their skills as well as their personal feelings. The more we try to force students into a box the more they will resist. Just as in the Universal Design for Learning you need to provide multiple means of expression and engagement. In this respect I feel that students should be able to have multiple options towards their own individual... more »

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Digital Learning Objects

More and more coures/degrees are being offered online. However, most course content remains a mixture of text and hyperlinks. Funds are needed for colleges to develop high quality digital, interactive content.

Software programs that allow instructors to create digital content is often too expensive for colleges to purchase. Also, instructors do not have the skill sets required to develop content using these programs.... more »

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