Violent schools may need more security to assure that students who want to learn have the chance to learn.
Different schools may not be able to meet the standards, due to failure in the past. The idea would to improve them as much as possible given their starting point. After they reach a certain age the schools will not be able to help them any more, as the kids will move out of the school system. So, if you have schools where kids are reading two grade levels behind, at least bring them up to grade level. There may not be enough time to get them reading two grade levels ahead. Right now the worse schools just keep getting worse.
We produced some very educated people when the local areas had more self-determination than they do today. I went to public school in NYS. You could get a high school "Regents Diploma" (meaning you had to take certain required courses for which there were state-wide, standardized exams) or you could get a "regular" high school diploma which did not require passing all the Regents-required courses. For kids who wanted to go to 4-yr colleges, a Regents Diploma allowed students from our small school (39 in my graduating HS class) to compete with the best of the best from places like Westchester County (a very wealthy area) and Bronx High School of Science (a highly-respected NYC high school).
We owe best effort to all students, but different schools may have different needs in order to do that.
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Last edited by shinyhead; 03-15-2014 at 10:54 PM.
Getting back on track...
Cuts have to happen. It will be hard on some folks. Not so much for some who are well off. I see duplication of goverment all around me. Local, State and Federal.
Services are best carried out at the local level for some programs, but not for all.. I don't think we need all the layers of Government programs. Yes Government creates jobs, but it is never efficient as if privatized.
Which programs can we gut ? Stay on track, if we can without getting personal.
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