I can see it now:* longer school days, and year--restrict
independent time* more accountability to tests* blame and punish
teachers* new government objectives, and strategiesOur schools
will resemble prisons.
One thing I noticed in a decent school system outside of Utah that I think is a
troubling trend in parenting, is that parents outside of Utah don't
cooperate well with other parents or children. They see education as a giant
competition that only their child can win. For example, It was
ironic, that the PTSA in our school district was mostly LDS, not because they
were predominantly LDS (in a school with literally a thousand kids, maybe a
couple dozen were LDS), but because LDS believed in volunteering. They work
collectively for the betterment of all kids, not just their own. The
honors programs were clogged with parents pushing their kids into the fast
track, but they couldn't be bothered to help at with the school-wide
reading program's icecream social... instead they'd inform that event
organizer that their child felt bad for not having qualified for the event, and
want to cancel the whole event, because their child had special needs and might
feel excluded. I think we'd all benefit from a little more
volunteer spirit, and a little less looking for how my kid's being
victimized by the system.
The federal government needs to get its nose out of my local school
don17:Is it because Utah might have more supportive parents, have
less divorce, less poverty and less other challenges than California that leads
to these better results? I would like to think if Utah used a different
approach the results would be better. And would using Utah's approach in
California help things there or make it worse? And by the way Utah's
education results are declining and Utah doesn't fare well against other
states with similar demographics so perhaps a change in approach would be best.
The best thing Obama could do for education is to dump Duncan and put in Diane
Ravitch as education secretary, end the ridiculous Race to the Top, put the ESEA
back together the way it was before the debacle NCLB was created, and stop
requiring high stakes testing which is creating a generation of young people who
are afraid to experiment for fear of getting a wrong answer.
Mike You make some very valid points! But, keep in perspective some of the
following.California dumps 50 plus billion into education each year
and has the 2nd highest paid teachers in the nation and has a dropout rate near
50 percent with some major cities near 60 percent!California just
passed a tax increase of 7 billion per year that will backfill pensions for all
these failed teachers. It won't make a bit of difference. Except more
businesses and tax payers will be coming your way!Arne Duncan led
the Chicago City Schools to a 50 percent dropout rate as well! It
seems to me that though Utah's system may not fit everyones goal of
effectiveness it sure is much better than what the tarnished golden state, or
the feds have to offer!
Utah's own education system is flawed on so many levels.Most
kids per class, least per-pupil spending, teachers paying for everyday
school supplies out of pocket....And all the while, that guy in the
Governor's mansion says that "education is my highest priority".What's wrong with this picture?