Educate in student-centered classrooms, rather than focusing on standards. It's ridiculous to expect every child to know the same things at the same time. we don't expect every child to be the same height and weight at a certain age, yet common core standards expect kids' brains to develop and learn at the same rate.
Abolish all current and former Student Debt. Part of making all education free for everyone. This not only includes forgiveness of all current debt to the banksters, but a refund of all tuitions and interest paid since 1980. This money will be deposited in a savings account with an 8% annual return paid from the inception of the loan paid by the banksters to students. Contrast this with the Citigroup proposal to require government guarantees for their speculation.
'TEXTBOOKAZINES' would beat textbooks in multiple ways: These magazine-like textbooks would be cheaper to produce and less costly to school systems, lighter in weight and less damaging to students' backs, each student's to keep and customize with underlining and highlighting, the probable nucleus of many young people's future personal print libraries, and more easily kept up-to-date with new information and more frequently revised. And a way to break the idiotic textbook "tyranny of Texas."
Now that the Vatican is supportive of co-existent ideas with nature, I think teaching young people in school about natural physical conservation and renewable resources should not be a religious or political issue, and as a strict-socio-economic issue, I think teaching that "we are going to ruin the planet for the sake of making more money" makes less sense than does teaching a moderate drawdown from dependence on the more-toxic energies and a strong push toward renewable, less toxic methods.
Increase the numbers of persons in our country who are proficient in languages in addition to English by creating a section on bilingual colleges and universities in the Higher Education Act. The new section could be patterned on the model set by HBCU. This would result in economic benefits in. industries such as international trade, commerce, and tourism, enhance our ability to offer health , education, and social services, and improve skills needed for international diplomacy.
Research into how people learn definitively shows that active learning is incredibly more effective than lecture. Neuroscientists are now telling us that no real learning takes place unless the emotions are involved. But what the research shows is not, for the most part, being implemented in the classroom. We need a major revolution in education--even the business gurus are now saying that creative thinking is essential for survival in the 21st century..
Federal funding for education should be given directly to state departments of education to fund state derived education systems that respond to their student demographics. Cooperation amongst states with similar student demographics and teaching structure to be encouraged. Stop the one size fits all. It fails and benefits only corporations and pockets of districts that qualify.
Create a "Student Loan Account" investment tool, similar to the 401K model. Individuals with undergraduate student loan debt invest pre-tax dollars into this account, which is then invested and grows. Partnered with tax-benefits to employers for matching employee's investment. This will create an incentive for citizens to pay off student loans faster and increase the amount of disposable income to drive our consumer driven economy. The power to tax is power to destroy crushing student loan debt!
I would like to see education in the Junior High and the High school be in 6-8 week packets. not all subjects need to be year long and we need to get away from so much of the same basic classes every year and focus on these kids being able to get a job, I want to see cooking packets in the 7th grade, microwave cooking for both sexes. there could be a line prep cooking in the high school and maybe they could prepare lunch for the students. real estate sales persons certificate, welding, radio