Classes a la carte: States test a new school model

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kiwibird wrote:

Essentially they are trying to dumb down the curriculum for poorer people.

Dec 06, 2012 2:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tmc wrote:

not gonna work….

Dec 06, 2012 2:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
wilhelm wrote:

this is a continuation to the ‘nth’ degree of the rote approach that has failed American students so fully to date. there is nothing engaging, inquiry-based, or remotely Socratic about staring at a computer screen (or work book) and answering test questions. some will do well at taking these tests and the ‘programs’ will graduate good test-takers. the privateers pocket their money, the IT departments will be fully staffed.

the rest of the world chuckles.

Dec 06, 2012 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JL4 wrote:

There is no way these kids are going to do the work. No way. There may be 10 teenagers in the U.S. who would be self-motivated. My kid was smart, but I still had to make her get out of bed in the morning.

What about the social experience of high school? Between Facebook, email,texting, and now this, they could go weeks or months and not interact personally in any meaningful way with kids their own age. Wait! Who am I kidding? Those kids who don’t have parents at home will have PLENTY of interaction with other kids – they’ll just all pile up in one house to “study”.

But in response to Senator Crandall’s first question of who would oversee his teenaged daughter’s education? YOU would, Senator. Which means that only those families who have the financial ability to have one parent at home, driving their kids to and from different campuses and overseeing their kids’ online education will have any real benefit. Class warfare? Bank on it (if you have the money).

This plan is just plain stupid. If you want to make it a choice that parents pay for themselves, fine, go for it, but paying private vendors with government money is a miserable idea.

The Republicans have gone batsh*t crazy. Again. Now they’re targeting a total dismantling of whatever semblance of education this country has left.

Dec 06, 2012 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Adam_S wrote:

What a God awful idea. Look at the nations with the highest performing schools on earth. None of them do this. This is a terrible, terrible idea. Local business person has qualifications to be good at business, can that person impart that knowledge to someone else? Is there a common baseline to measure ability?

Look to high performing nations and copy their model. Why oh why oh why must Americans always think we can do everything better. Good grief.

So thankful at this point that I’ve already left the US public ed system, and I don’t have school age children.

Dec 06, 2012 6:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
trasisi wrote:

wow, looks like some teachers who might actually have to compete with a different teaching method jumped on this. you HAVE to understand that you don’t retain a tenth of what you learn in high school so why not learn a SKILL that will land you a middle class JOB without any college debt? these potential “educators” are going to teach kids skills that are actually useful in the real world instead of a bunch of theoretical nonsense that gets them nowhere. stop feeding teachers who don’t teach (i had my share of those going through high school) and start getting the future of america some real life experience that will help them land jobs in the future. why do we send kids to high school? so they learn enough skills to either get into college or a job and this would get private business to actually give them a look. one last point; what is the number one thing an employer looks at on a resume, the school (college or highschool, take your pick) or the experience to show they’re actually worth a **** when they land the job? we’re handing kids experience to help them compete anywhere without debt.

Dec 06, 2012 6:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

This does sound like a terrible idea. The state’s public school systems will be stuck with hundreds of acres of semi used public facilities that will still have substantial maintenance costs as they still age and decay. I think half the local school budget is taken up by the costs of the physical plant. And if the buildings aren’t zoned, they will have to heat and cool the buildings, whether they are occupied or not.

About ten years ago, this small town invested in new facilities. It’s also a rural area with much longer driving distances. I’m sure they haven’t finished paying the bond issue off.

What happens to school bus routes? This sort of flexible location schooling with tutors and a la carte choices would work better in a total community design that didn’t require the students to be privately driven to each class, or one where they could walk easily to different course offerings. The gas costs for parents will go way up.

Why aren’t they trying to bring the vendors to the schools? Teachers’ Union work rules? Won’t all these private vendors have to carry liability insurance?

In a world of decreasing work opportunities (few farm or factory labor jobs) schools were a way of absorbing excess potential labor and not allowing the kids to become so idle they were wasted, get themselves arrested, or were employed at cheap rates to drive down the cost of labor.

Without testing – the popular courses would be dessert courses with serious offerings avoided. In the late 60s, our HS tried to offer a day of student “teach-ins”. It was more entertainment than serious study.

Dec 06, 2012 7:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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