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#8 - allamericandude (05/08/2013) [-]
I'm a low-tax kinda guy, but even I think we should have public education. With a well-educated population, you can improve the economy, reduce poverty, keep kids off the streets and away from gangs and drugs, and a plethora of other things.   
   
Unfortunately, most public educations systems these days--not just in the US--do more schooling than educating. They apply a one-size-fits-all curriculum to every student in preparation for either college or a job. This isn't necessarily a bad thing--it works for a good majority of students--but it leaves a lot to be desired, especially for kids on the fringe who are either struggling or excelling. We have to deal with it for now, because we don't have many other feasible large-scale options. But as technology becomes cheaper and more available, I think our public schools can and should move towards more personalized and efficient education.
I'm a low-tax kinda guy, but even I think we should have public education. With a well-educated population, you can improve the economy, reduce poverty, keep kids off the streets and away from gangs and drugs, and a plethora of other things.

Unfortunately, most public educations systems these days--not just in the US--do more schooling than educating. They apply a one-size-fits-all curriculum to every student in preparation for either college or a job. This isn't necessarily a bad thing--it works for a good majority of students--but it leaves a lot to be desired, especially for kids on the fringe who are either struggling or excelling. We have to deal with it for now, because we don't have many other feasible large-scale options. But as technology becomes cheaper and more available, I think our public schools can and should move towards more personalized and efficient education.
#237 to #8 - strupstad (05/09/2013) [-]
Check out Salman Khan, who started Khan Academy, and his TED-talk. It's out on YouTube. You won't regret those 20 minutes.
#142 to #8 - xxxsonic fanxxx (05/09/2013) [-]
most of the federal taxes (about 1/3) are going to education
the money is not the issue
it's the will and the desire that comes from within
I personally believe we should push for higher standards of state and higher bar exams for practitioners so there's less supply and more demand
making it more desirable
#138 to #8 - xxxsonic fanxxx (05/09/2013) [-]
or get rid of all the ******* for the same effect
#135 to #8 - xxxsonic fanxxx (05/09/2013) [-]
what really grinds my gears about U.S. schools is our higher education system. It's all profit driven, forces people like me to waste money learning useless **** .
#128 to #8 - swagbot (05/09/2013) [-]
Public schools should be DJ 4DM1Nistered by Stated or Local Communities.

FEDERAL PUBLIC SCHOOL IS A TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE IDEA AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.
#109 to #8 - xxxsonic fanxxx (05/09/2013) [-]
I definitely agree with you here. I'm in high school and I attend a math and science center, and I also take college English courses. I'm not trying to brag, by the way. If my school didn't have these opportunities for me, I'd be clawing my eyes out, as school would be painfully easy.
#56 to #8 - spacelubber (05/09/2013) [-]
OR WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH INTELLIGENT DRUG DEALERS AND CRIMINALS INSTEAD.
User avatar #35 to #8 - Petroleum ONLINE (05/09/2013) [-]
I agree with you so much. Personally I dislike the current education system in the United States, I think that it's simply memorization for what's going to be on a test, the teacher does not give much motivation to actually retain the stuff they make us read, nor to pick up any useful information from it. I also don't think that they should call themselves an "educational" institution when they don't educate.
User avatar #44 to #35 - allamericandude (05/09/2013) [-]
There are a lot of teachers who want to properly educate children. For a lot of them, that's why they became teachers in the first place (it certainly wasn't for the pay). But they're caught in a system which doesn't demand anything above mediocrity.
#42 to #35 - xxxsonic fanxxx (05/09/2013) [-]
My mom is a teacher. She's been fighting standardized testing her whole career, but the DJ 4DM1N beats everyone to death with it. If the teachers seem lackluster, this is why.
User avatar #119 to #42 - ithinkihaveaids **User deleted account** (05/09/2013) [-]
or maybe you 'muricans should actually pay your teachers, I mean its a crappy job at best overall, why not get properly paid for it just to get a tad more motivation?
User avatar #30 to #8 - srskate ONLINE (05/09/2013) [-]
I can attest to the fringe. II kinda hate how teachers now teach you to the test. I wanna learn a whole bunch of **** , not wait while you teach some other kid a fact easily learned just because its on the test.
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