If you would become the Secretary of Education what area are you going to change

Philippines
November 7, 2010 9:24am CST
Every educational system has its own challenges, the Philippines for instance has a lot of issues that need to be taken into consideration specifically the public schools. Forget about being the Secretary of Education, lol, but personally if your given a chance to improve or change area of the educational system what could it be? And why?
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Nov 10
torch I know we need a lot of improvements for the children here inb Southern Ca but also there is an a dult educaction progran most p eople do not even know about,it was made to help people in retirement centers to keep up with the outside world. Like the music programa we had on Thursday afternoons where we sang alonb with the music from all over the time continum and th wife and husband brought her violin and his gituar along and sang and played their instruments as we sang along.We also hjad an afternoon class called mental fitness where we learned to think outside the box and this was also therapy for those who had had strokes to recover mental processes and improve their all over well being/granted the children take first place but too older people deserve some help also as more of us live much longer lives now.for the youngsters we need to put back smaller class sizes so the teacher can much better teach the children individually.
• Philippines
8 Nov 10
That is something we need here in the Philippines Hatley, our elders doesnt have a lot of centers to keep them preoccupied even in their old age. That was a good program, I know how older people needs attention too from the government, its just so sad in poor countries like mine where elders has almost rejected with the authority, your lucky to be in that center. Yes, I agree smaller number of children in class can make the learning more efficient.
• Philippines
7 Nov 10
I would like to add intensified vocational stuffs in the curriculum. Not all students can go to college, so it would be really be nice that in their young age, they know how to make things that would help them earn living.
• Philippines
8 Nov 10
I appreciate the word "INTENSIFIED", indeed it is necessary to learn a skill even at the young age which is very helpful to equip a person for their future. Perhaps a good curriculum would be business or such kind. Great idea.
@dragon54u (31615)
• United States
7 Nov 10
I would make big changes to the curriculum! No minority studies or anything like that, just history like it used to be taught when I was a child 45-50 years ago--we learned about injustices like slavery and what was done to correct them. No bi-lingual education--if you want your child in school, learn English and teach them. Vigorous gym classes 3 times a week to keep in shape and teach sportsmanship, respect and cooperation. Home economics for everyone with budgeting classes. And discipline. Not physical punishment but strict, swift and stern discipline. Teach the children respect for each other and their elders.
• Philippines
7 Nov 10
wOW those are though ones dragon but like the idea, and these days, you cant tell who were in school and are not, both has less respect especially for the elders.
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
I have given the chance I would like to strengthen the basic education as well as the people who are implementing it - that includes, teachers, supervisors, principals and other people in the academe. There should be implementation of change and practice in order to make a difference not only to the system but to the students as well. I think that sometimes education is a constant target of politics (whether outside or inside) to the point that it remains stagnant and not progressive. Also, I would recommend that a person from the academe or an educational background ( e.g. a teacher who rises among the ranks) itself is appointed to the post in order to have a working knowledge of the system and iits components.
• India
8 Nov 10
Parents are the first teachers of a child. Most of the parents feel proud that they have enrolled their kid to the best and costliest school and then they become negligent. When the child does not perform, they tend to blame teachers and schools. Education must begin with parents. I would like to ensure that parents take all the care for their child and involve them in evolving educational policy.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
8 Nov 10
Hi torch! I think I would like to change the way we perceive education in our country. The academics here is more of theoretical nature where the students mug up and earn good scores which however doesn't contribute much towards the greater goal of real education that should with us forever. I would like to introduce curriculum more based on practical syllabi which means more workshops, more onfileld and online projects and more one on one interactions in real life. Thanks.