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Sound_of_the_silenced Said,
March 26th, 2011 @2:39 pm  

Government cannot address the needs of the individual. Its that simple.

John Said,
March 26th, 2011 @3:34 pm  

The major problem with the public schools is that they really have no incentive to get better. Children are forced to go to these schools unless their parents have the money to send them elsewhere.

College is different. There is strong competition between schools, and there is no legal requirement for students to go to a particular college, or even college at all. So if a college can’t compete, they go out of business. Plain and simple.

This is why I believe very strongly in school vouchers. Yes, the NEA (National Education Association) complains that this would take money from the public schools.

Well, so what? If a particular public school is failing to educate our children, why should we be forced to send our children there? Why should we continue to pump taxpayer money into a failing school? Wouldn’t it be a better system if that school had an actual incentive to improve?

If the public schools provided a quality education, most students would stay and there wouldn’t be the threat of losing money in the first place!

If you were an investor, would you keep pumping money into a failing business? Surely not!

Lex Said,
March 26th, 2011 @4:27 pm  

You know I love these stat games. They’re so slanted and misleading The American education system and the European system is not a one in the same system that is so easily compared. German doesn’t even have a word for elementary school, because what they have isn’t the same. (And don’t even try to tell me it’s Grund Schule, because believe me, it isn’t.) And good luck finding a translation for “Gymnasium” because there isn’t one. We simply don’t have gymnasiums. My dictionary defines it as “general education”. It’s for kids in what would be the high school age for us I understood it. But don’t try calling it a high school, because high school is open for everyone and only a few kids go to a gymnasium.

How do you think it would effect American graduation stats if high school was only for a few kids reaching a certain elite level instead of being open to everyone? We’d actually look pretty good.

We also have the option of vocational schools that are also open to everyone. Unfortunately these vocational schools don’t look good for the general outlook of our educational system. After all, it doesn’t matter if a child can take a car engine apart and put it back together better than before, if he doesn’t excell in math or science. Or doesn’t have the GPA to make collage so he can get an engineering degree. You know what we say about kids like that? Just what you said. They can’t possibly contribute to society since they don’t make America look good to the rest of the world. A plumber doesn’t invent rockets or perfect GPS tracking systems. A welder can’t calculate complex algerithms or have a shot at winning the nobel prize. Because after all, math and science are the only subjects that matter anymore. I don’t know about you, but when my car breaks down, I’m dang happy the guy who comes to fix it didn’t go to school to be an engineer or a mathematician. At that point, I don’t give a jack about how we don’t have as many scientists as the rest of the world.

Is our school system perfect? No. There are problems, some very serious ones, that make our educational system very unbalanced. But the problems you are talking about comes from the schools not being exclusive. And I don’t see how that’s a problem at all.

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