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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:39 PM

 

Educate All Kids Like Sasha and Malia

Instead of pauperizing, standardizing, digitizing and privatizing education, we know what works to increase opportunities for children.

Just witness the sort of education Obamaís own daughters receive: small classes with plenty of personal attention from experienced teachers, a well-rounded education with art, science and music, and little or no standardized testing.

By instituting these reforms in the 1970s, Finland was able to turn around its school system and now outranks nearly all other nations in student achievement. If itís good enough for Malia and Sasha, it should be good enough for inner-city public school students in New York City or Chicago.

http://ednotesonline.blogspot.com/2012/11/leonie-haimson-educate-all-kids-like.html


Obama's not the only one: none of the education deformers serve their own children what they want to serve to the general public.




This to my mind points up what an absolute fraud education deform is.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:44 PM

1. This is absolutely how students should be educated,

and anything less is WRONG.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:54 PM

3. +1

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:54 PM

2. Well, they are going to a private school rather than a public school,

however, I agree our public schools should be run the way they used to be, where kids were taught not just the 3 r's, but also how to get along with each other, how to behave, how to help each other, and, yes,
they could read the 10 commandments in school. The kids in those days did receive a well rounded education that is only now available to the wealthy. It was from those class rooms that astronauts,
scientists, renowned artists, musicians, etc. came from. They also had learned to respect authority, their elders, their parents, their teachers, and much, much more that todays kids, in most cases, simply do not get.

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Response to clydefrand (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:37 PM

6. There need not be an inherent difference. It's a question of resources and priorities.

The resources are there - the priorities are lacking in this country to offer all kids a high-quality education, like at the Sibley Friends School, in Finland, or in some of the wealthier suburban school districts in America.

We just have to reorganize our priorities.

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Response to clydefrand (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:17 AM

14. I learned most of that at home,

not at school.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:55 PM

4. Educate the kids who are not like them, too!

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:00 PM

5. And give them all parents like the Obamas, too.

That combination seems to be working smashingly.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:41 PM

7. That's not essential. But, it helps.

Kids come to the Northern VA school systems from all over the world. Many of their parents can't speak, read or write English, but within a year or two the kids are performing with their cohorts whose parents are professionals who have advanced degrees. It can be done.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:16 PM

8. A tiny fraction of the defense budget would fix our children's public education

problem the gops wrecked.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:19 PM

9. Sasha and Malia go to an expensive private school

I agree that all kids should have that opportunity, but they are not going to an inner city school, and it is not a public school.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:25 PM

10. so what? "it's a private school, not a public school. only private schools can

 

have small classes and enriched curriculum -- like art & science classes."

jesus.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 07:30 PM

11. That would cost money. How many tanks will we have to go without? How many missiles?

What if the Nazis attack while our best and brightest are off vainly inspiring kids to learn math and science?

You make it sound like throwing money at a problem is the answer, as if spending money ever helped solve a problem.

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Response to Bucky (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:53 PM

12. it wouldn't even cost that much money, is the sad thing. i doubt it would

 

cost anymore than current education deform.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

13. What the fuck, dude? You trying to eat into the Predator Drone Budget or something?

Oh, you are?

Fuckin Aye!



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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:59 AM

15. Education deform. Great label. It's corporate takeover of public education. Profits over people.

I wish our president would pay more attention to the opinions of dedicated, politically progressive, well-informed teachers and supporters of public education on this topic.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 04:13 AM

16. There you go. Problem solved. Wait, you say. We can't afford that?

 

Nonsense, we can't afford not to. We can afford trillions for Wall Street and trillions more on top of that for the military, and after all, it's for the children. Won't somebody please think of the children?
& R

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:04 PM

17. Yeah!

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