Education in America
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Programs like the IB organization represent the best in education attainment, but it is international in scope.
What is happening in this country is that a group known as ALEC has formulated a strategic plan to turn public school funding into private corporate profits.
They are succeeding because of a general lack of interest on the part of the public, a well funded program of denigrating the public school systems, and a combination of paranoia and selfishness encouraged by far right wing political groups.
Despite all of that, the public school systems still do a fairly adequate job of educating our youth.
"I think that these government issued programs are preventing students and teachers from reaching their full potential."
Some are, but most aren't. The federal govt mostly provides funding with few strings attached.
The craziness comes at the state and local levels, where politics often overpowers common sense and established good practices.
Nobody at the federal level wants to teach creationism, for instance.
Politicians have no knowledge of how to teach children, it's simply a race to the top.
I think that they need to be more considerate and understand that they expect too much from these students.
The government is not trying to help, as I said, these programs help them win their little race. I think that the students in America deserve less of the insanity and more of the knowledge.
It is too stressful.
Actually, it's worse than that.
Many of the politicians who are involved in education issues are members of ALEC.
They don't want public schools to be successful.
The same strategies that got America hooked on bottled water are being used to give people negative impressions of public schools.
The Common Core standards are part of that. The goal of common core is to prepare kids for a life of work, but ignores educating them to be economically efficient consumers or rational and informed voters.
As for stress, there is good stress and bad stress.
Good stress is the competition for success that we all must face, and so it's proper for schools to inflict stress, but also to teach how to deal with and use stress to one's advantage.
Bad stress is when the rules keep changing during the game, and it affects teachers more than students.
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