murky303over 1 year ago
NONE of these ought to be a priority. ALL of them are liberal talking points and ALL of them are part of the anti-achievement culture that has placed education in the United States toward the back of industrialized nations worldwide.
My modest (but very sincere) proposals:
1) Stop using the nation's schools as fundraisers for the Democratic Party. Deunionize schools.
As Maggie Gyllenhaal's new movie shows, teachers' unions have had their chance. They're an unmitigated disaster for our children, our economy and our nation. If a foreign country had done to our nation what teachers' unions have, a war would ensue.
And the thuggish, often violent tactics of teachers' unions are the direct result of their national leadership's determination to keep dues receipts up and provide a steady income stream to the national Democratic Party.
2) Stop using the public schools to socially engineer the country. Stop requiring our kids to parrot politically-correct mis-statements about history and economics.
3) Consider very strongly using telepresence technology and the Internet to make the debate over integration or the lack thereof moot. Continue the movement toward homeschooling in this country, with an emphasis on improving its current edge over regular schooling.
4) It's VITAL to restore American students' competence in mathematics at least to the point where it was before the Federal government took over. The current administration is intent on pricing labor (through mandatory "affordable" health insurance that neither employers nor half the middle class - the half that pays Federal income taxes in this country - can afford) out of the reach of American business, which means Americans will have to be able to work in the information technology sector and get paid on Form 1099. Otherwise, no jobs will exist for them if we have four more years of Obama. And that means being able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and make logically consistent statements. A basic grasp of algebra, at least. Politically-correct, unionized education isn't delivering students with those abilities. That needs to change
5) American students need to learn Civics once more, if only to learn what their rights are under the Constitution of the United States of America and evaluate whether their leaders have a even a dim clue of what the Constitution says. Four years under a "Constitutional law professor" whose initiatives have been shot down time and time again by the Supreme Court for unconstitutionality should show why we need that.