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The Genius Of American Education ...

... Common Core Standards Notwithstanding

December 15, 2013

If one were to ask you the names of your favorite teachers from kindergarten and throughout your schooling, it may be not too difficult to answe....

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Feb-18-14 1:38 PM

Well, I'd like to support my former colleague in his argument, while believing in his enthusiasm for American schooling, but my experiences abroad give me reason to doubt, not so much teachers, but the politics of education. Everyone has been to school--politicians and parents, alike--and all draw conclusions that are not justified on the basis of their personal experience in schools. They wouldn't presume to judge their medical and other professional advisers, but everyone thinks he or she is an expert on schooling. It's difficult to sort out these adolescent experiences and impressions from the true value of schooling. But, to be sure, there is more to it than critics observe. And schooling runs a fine line between education and indoctrination: e.g., debates about teaching evolution or American history. Then there are those who wish to 'protect' their children from the influences of schooling. We are falling behind the world in education; thankfully, a few keep us competitive.

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Dec-22-13 1:49 PM

OMG, a teacher who jaywalks could'nt possibly be a good teacher. What a scandal! I'll bet you were a crossing guard in high school, weren't you?

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Dec-16-13 11:11 AM

We are falling behind the rest of the 1st world in education especially math and science. I'm not saying common core is the answer but something needs to be done. Teachers and admin. should have moved to evolve the system themselves, but it seemed they were blind to issues, or wanted business as usual. Any ways, the education of our children is the most critical thing to securing Americas future and changes need to be made.

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Dec-15-13 11:36 AM

as a white male born in the 50's I hit the lottery.. most families were intact,schools were not in decay,good jobs were plentiful upon HS Graduation and if you opted for college... tuition was dirt cheap. The country (and NYS especially) invested in an educated public. The foundation was family followed by some very good teachers!

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Dec-15-13 6:49 AM

The writer says: "...All good teachers have a mastery of the subject they teach,..." It is critically important that he has the word "GOOD" in the line! Have you ever seen "Jay-walking" at the graduation exits at TEACHERS colleges? I guarantee you'd be floored!

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Dec-15-13 6:16 AM


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