Make the Time to Make a Difference

We all know how it feels.  There aren't enough hours in the day to handle routine class matters.  How can we possibly change everything that we'd like to change when we're so busy with what we have on our to-do list already? Besides, America's educational system is held back by so much inertia and politics, what can one person do?

The answer is absolutely nothing--alone.

Take the time to just think aloud here from time to time.  When we form a consensus about the core problems with our nation's current educational problems--and the problems really are pervasive (not just in select school districts)--we can then form a consensus about how to best move forward.

Take the challenge: Put your thoughts on the line.  Make a difference.  You're not alone.

NeoAwakens NeoAwakens
56-60, M
2 Responses Jul 31, 2007

Great thoughts, Erica!<br />
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I'm going to follow up with your ideas by starting a discussion in this group's forum. I look forward to a lively exchange with you...<br />
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NeoAwakens

I think part of the problem is that everyone sees there are issues, and no one knows how to fix it. I think that the factory mentality of schools lends itself to the issue, because it makes it much harder for teachers to focus on individual students. The overcrowding of classrooms leads to this. The lack of teachers feeds into overcrowding, and the lack of motivation to become a teacher (aka bad pay) leads to the shortage. It used to be that women were teachers and any compensation was enough because they weren't looking to live on what they made, but thats not the case anymore. To raise teacher salaries, you have to raise taxes and then the whole process stalls out. Plus, it's not an instant fix. Amusing that to apply capitalistic principles you have to put socialist politics into effect. I may be off base in my opinions, I am not well researched in the area. I just hope that there is some consensus that the schools need help, and that it is worth spending money to fix the problems.