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Goal of Public Education Needs To Be Overhauled

Hal O’Leary

May 5, 2013

The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal finally brings to light what I saw coming years ago....

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mikeyd

May-11-13 8:40 AM

teach the kids that this is not the way to govern a country.politicians prove that even the brain-dead can make a living.

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Chokingsmoker

May-10-13 12:10 PM

Oh, where do we start?

Do we teach them that if they do something wrong that they must have a great excuse to fool the authority figures? Or do we teach them that they can learn from their mistakes and do better?

Do we spend more time talking them into having state and local pride than we do teaching them how to improve their lives and the community?

Do we teach about the "good ole days" without mentioning critical thinking?

Do we teach them that heros are not saints? Or do we teach them to pretend to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess?

If teachers can not think, they can not teach.

We all are teachers and most kids learn from our EXAMPLE.

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richardwhee

May-06-13 2:08 PM

I always thought the goal of education is to spread factual information from educators, books to students. Instead it has been degraded to athletics, teacher unions crying for more money less hours, complaining about obese students, yet feeding them more& more. And when it's all said and done the grad. rate is still poor and some can't add 2+ 2. Who is at fault? We are.

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Tavenger

May-05-13 11:03 AM

Here we go with another “public-education is failing” rant. First, ranking the United States 17th in the world is meaningless. You’re comparing apples to oranges….different cultures, different population numbers, different values. We have a massive system that is forced to cater to all. Second, the “public education is failing” crowd have an ulterior motive. The politicians and business-people who constantly tell us schools are failing see public education as a market where they can make money. They keep the “failure” narrative going so they can market the latest “here’s how to fix schools” product. Unfortunately, the talking heads jump on the band-wagon with them. Third, if the schools actually are failing, their failure is a symptom of the society as a whole. You can’t raise a stable, studious child in a culture filled with broken relationships, loose values and a “do what makes you happy” attitude.

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