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Good points here. "We will not get school reform by reforming schools and keeping their present format."
Yes, but he fails to point out the people aren't willing to pay for it. They just want to spend money on a "test" that they want all kids to pass, so it looks good. If you could give teachers, the good ones, a free hand and the time to design a truly personalized education with the staff and equipment to support it they would. This would be without the interference of politicians, university experts, unless they have been in the classroom teaching, and even the parents. The parents, because many of them want to see that easy to understand A, B, C, D, F. A personalized system would have to get rid of those simple letter grades and list skills accomplished. You have seen how parents feel about complicated grade cards.
Rather a cart before the horse proposition.
Given that wages are low, people can't afford to raise a family on one income.
If wages rise, conversely, more people will be able to afford that option.
You cite two problems, broken households and both parents needing to work to support families, then give a solution to just one problem making the claim that that will fix the problem. What about the other problem you mention, broken households? Increased wages will do nothing to solve the problem of people having children that they are not ready, willing and able to care for and then dumping those children on the school system with the expectation that the schools will magically fix them.
Well, not to worry, since we can't actually solve our problems anyway, right?
Well, I can solve my problems. I may or may not be able to solve your problems. In fact, should I try to solve your problems, I might just make them worse. Therefore, that's an area I would tread lightly, intervening only when I'm confident my intervention will actually make things better.
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