What would you do to improve the nation's education?

United States
June 16, 2009 8:34pm CST
When it comes to our education, we lag behind most industrialized nations and even some poorer nations like Cuba. What do you think should change in our system? Feel free to address structure, teachers, curriculum, time period, etc.
2 responses
• United States
17 Jun 09
I would have more flexibility in ways of being educated and learning styles. I would give more consequences for misbehaviour. I would make it so fast learners could really go fast and education meant really learning something. I would make it so people who didn't want to be there could find somewhere else to be. I would add apprenticeships and hands-on career learning opportunities in a lot of places and connect education to the real world.
• United States
17 Jun 09
Your suggestion to add apprenticeships and hands-on career learning is a great idea. Schools would best serve today's youth if it taught them things they need in the real world, the world after you leave high school. Things like personal finance and interpersonal relationship building and etiquette and critical thinking, etc. But I like to see this as more of a complement to the pre-existing curriculum. Good suggestions overall.
@urbandekay (18312)
17 Jun 09
A move from the didactic to the dialectic method would help all the best urban