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Improve Math, Science Scores

October 25, 2013

Young West Virginians without good mathematics skills will find themselves handicapped in the job market, which increasingly is an international one....

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TheCentrist

Oct-25-13 9:40 PM

Start placing students on tracks again, & start it in middle school. Or let the students choose their own, it really doesn't matter. Just provide them with tracks that are applicable to the real world. Construction - Professional & Labor Mechanical - Professional & Labor Electronics - Pro. & Labor Mineral Resources - Pro. & Labor Health Sciences - Pro. & Labor Business - Pro. & Labor Law & Criminal Justice Education Physical Sciences - Pro. & Labor

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TheCentrist

Oct-25-13 9:34 PM

#6 It's about quality, not quantity; Increase the time teachers have to plan quality lessons #7 That being said, increasing the number of school days from 180 (really 175) to 190 or 200. Have paid Professional Development for the 50 or so days that teachers don't have students. #8 Teachers currently only have 3 personal days, but they do get most of the summer off (although unpaid). Give teachers sick & vaction time like federal employees with similar levels of education instead.

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TheCentrist

Oct-25-13 9:27 PM

The state is wrong to make it easier for people to become teachers. I understand there is a critical shortage of science & math teachers, but there are plenty of people with elementary ed. degrees. The state should be making it more difficult to become an elementary teacher. #1 Elementary teachers should be required to have master's degree in reading or math #2 Teachers should need to have higher scores on certification tests to be licensed in the state. #3 It should also be harder to get into education programs in colleges in the first place. #4 Colleges should be treating the education of teachers more like colleges treat the education of doctors; as job training. Cut out the theories behind it all and arm teachers with scientifically tested methods. #5 Pay the more intelligent, better educated, more qualified teachers as professionals & receive a more professional attitude & work ethic (with year round employment) in return.

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TheCentrist

Oct-25-13 9:12 PM

Start schooling in WV earlier. Up to 80% of a child's academic abilities are determined by the time he or she is 8 years old.

Low Socio-Economic Status children that are reading on level in 3rd grade are more than two times as likely to graduate from high school as those children not on level by 3rd grade.

The state needs to provide a curriculum for children ages 1-3. A guide & maybe some online resources for parents, day care workers, & babysitters so that they know what to teach their children.

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dyingov

Oct-25-13 12:05 PM

Maybe we are not spending enough money.....

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