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It frustrates me to no end to see how the United States is quickly falling down the rating charts for the world. One of my classes in college is Composition and we have to write a paper, the prof. does not care what the subject is and I chose to explain how a alternative school system can help to repair not only our schools, our ratings, but also our economy because better educated and prepared students are more productive workers/entrepreneurs. Here are a few highlights
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    <!--[if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Completely bilingual ? The school would be taught in both Chinese and English. One year you might have math and world history in English the next in Chinese. Also Spanish and French would be available as tertiary languages but they would be taught in a similar fashion as public schools now (once or twice a week)


    <!--[if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Charter school ? we will be getting the vast majority of our funding from families and corporations. I envision something along the lines as Mortensen sponsoring the architecture wing, Medtronic doing bio-med, etc. With their funds and possibly some of their staff the students will come out knowing what they need to know when they enter college or that field directly. It would become a recruiting center for high end high paying jobs.


    <!--[if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Foreign teachers ? who better to teach subjects in Chinese then people from China who are actually instructors in that subject.



    <!--[if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Wings ? The school would have several wings or cores, examples, math, engineering, art, music, biology etc. Student career interest will dictate what classes they take. Someone who wants to be a architect would be in engineering and art classes. Of course this will not be very strict but will be highly suggested.



    <!--[if !supportLists]-->-<!--[endif]-->Self sustaining ? Between the nuclear reactor I posted about earlier and the genetics/botanist students helping to grow food. It would be great if the school could provide some of its own resources.
    So these are some of the ideas I am bouncing around now not only for my paper but for reality. The paper is helping me to flesh out the ideas and the how to. If you have any suggestions or comments they would be highly appreciated. Also if you know anyone who might be interested in being involved with an organization like this pm me.
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    You've said a mouthful.

    I'll comment on just the first idea for now.

    What exactly do you mean by dorm based?

    I think you mean students will live at the school.

    What age are you talking here? Elementary aged students?

    If you only mean older kids, then you are not at all addressing the foundational years which are so important in a students development.

    Would the dorm schools be mandatory? If not, who would be admitted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    What exactly do you mean by dorm based?
    All the kids live in the dorm, along with the non local staff and some essential staff. Kids who live in the area are free to go home for family emergencies, and weekends/holidays, though we would encourage students to stay in school all week, weekends are family time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    I think you mean students will live at the school.
    Yeah

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    What age are you talking here? Elementary aged students?
    k-12 eventually, though this would not be possible at first, I would imagine that middle school/6th grade would be an ideal place to start and spread out in both directions year by year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    If you only mean older kids, then you are not at all addressing the foundational years which are so important in a students development.
    Exactly! We need the kids to get into the mindset that learning is powerful and want to achieve more, most of this mindset stuff is learned early on in life.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    Would the dorm schools be mandatory? If not, who would be admitted?
    Yes it would be mandatory. Charter schools get to decide who gets admitted or not, it would not be based on income or race. Also test scores while somewhat a factor do not matter that much either. It comes down more to a students/families willingness to succeed. I don't want to turn away a kid who has been labeled as ADD who in reality could be the next Steven Hawkings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zmanc View Post

    It comes down more to a students/families willingness to succeed.


    Even in the lowest achieving schools, you will find individuals who have a strong willingness to succeed and do so.

    So this school would be providing a superior education opportunity to the population group who needs it the least.

    That's my problem with charter schools and vouchers. They skim what ever cream is left from the top of struggling schools and leave the failing majority in even greater ruin.

    Did you see the movie Stand and Deliver? What the teacher did was take a very small group of top students and he gave them a great learning experience. But, the school still failed the vast majority of its students.

    How about the movie Lean on Me? The principal turned the whole school around. But first, there was the scene when he called dozens of students up on stage and then opened the back doors and threw them out of the school. So in reality, the school failed those kids.

    There are lots of alternative ways to teach kids who want to learn. The real challenge is teaching students who don't care or don't have the support at home or have some other distraction that keeps the achieving in school/life.

    Unless we do what many counties around the world do...only teach the kids who can learn and want to learn at a high level?

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    If we took 1/10th the money we spend on building bombs and invested it in improving our education each year in 100 years we would no longer need to build bombs anymore. Education will rid the world of extremism long before warfare will.

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    Even in the lowest achieving schools, you will find individuals who have a strong willingness to succeed and do so.
    And by the same token in the highest achieving schools you have individuals with no willingness to succeed and will succeed at nothing.

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    So this school would be providing a superior education opportunity to the population group who needs it the least.
    NO, it would be providing a superior education opportunity to those who want it, and to those who need it. Gifted kids need it just the same as those who are not classified as gifted. In fact, gifted and talented kids have the same dropout rate as non gifted students.

    Another startling fact
    "To some extent, complacency is built into the system. American schools spend more than $8 billion a year educating the mentally retarded. Spending on the gifted isn't even tabulated in some states, but by the most generous calculation, we spend no more than $800 million on gifted programs."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    That's my problem with charter schools and vouchers. They skim what ever cream is left from the top of struggling schools and leave the failing majority in even greater ruin.
    Whatever cream is left off the top? Why should someone who can excel be held back and forced down into the standards of a failing education system. And unless the family is moving districts they are not pulling their funding, the school still gets their property taxes, at least in Minnesota, and can keep doing what they are doing. With the amount spent on special ed versus gifted I would rather give our next generation of geniuses a chance to be succeed rather then holding them back. And even those who are not geniuses or gifted but still want to work hard and make something of their life they are welcome too, because with smaller classrooms the teacher is more free to teach to everyones level.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    Did you see the movie Stand and Deliver? What the teacher did was take a very small group of top students and he gave them a great learning experience. But, the school still failed the vast majority of its students.
    What is your point? Are you saying that he should have let those kids live in the barrios and just keep failing, he took some kids who were either smart or wanted to do better and helped them to do it.

    If you watched the movie also you would have noticed that every year after he did that a higher and higher and higher number of kids passed the AP exam.

    By helping the kids who wanted it he gave them hope and that hope spread to other students.

    So rather then having a race to the bottom lets have a race to the top....

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    How about the movie Lean on Me? The principal turned the whole school around. But first, there was the scene when he called dozens of students up on stage and then opened the back doors and threw them out of the school. So in reality, the school failed those kids.
    The school failed the kids? If I remember right they were dealing drugs and fighting. While the kids do need help and do need somewhere to go they would not be welcome in my school either, for the same reason that they were kicked out. Drugs and violence should not be tolerated. If it had been taken care of, in school as well as in the home, sooner it would not have been a issue. This is a not a issue because you get to the kids before it is a issue.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    There are lots of alternative ways to teach kids who want to learn.
    Really? If you have some that are being implemented besides the AP and IB programs please let me know I would like to see them. (I know there are a few but so much less is spent on them its insane)

    I do however see more programs designed for the disadvantaged, like Upward Bound for example, which is for either minority, first generation college studnets or people who are low income. Personally I qualified for this program and it is partially the basis of some of my school ideas. So you can't tell me that I only want to help those who don't need it. Everyone needs it, it just depends on who takes it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    The real challenge is teaching students who don't care or don't have the support at home or have some other distraction that keeps the achieving in school/life.
    By letting the kids live in a dorm you are partially doing that, you are removing a large part of the distractions that keep kids from succeeding. You are not going to be able to help someone who doesn't want it but you can help those who do. I like the saying you can't push a rope. That is the truth with kids. The only thing you can do with those who don't want it is to let them see their peers doing it and let the peers inspire hope.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    Unless we do what many counties around the world do...only teach the kids who can learn and want to learn at a high level?
    Funny, in the country where my wife is from they teach everyone at a high level, if it is availible in that area, and you know what China ranks much higher on the education standardized tests then we do. While they are consistantly 2 or 3 we are in the 20's. They must be doing something right. Now while I do not agree with everything the Chinese do I am using them as a example of something I know. Since my wife got her Ph.D in China she has had a good backgound in their education system. And if you go anywhere near saying she is privilaged I would challenge you to take that back, she has stories of how when she was growing up her birthday gift was an apple or a dyed baby chicken.

    Doesnt sound like coming from money to me. The stories she has of studying by street lamp because they shut the lights off in the dorms, and she was not the only one doing this. To me that is dedication. I have never even heard of that being done in the united states. Yes we might pull a all nighter but thats because we procrastinated. She had to do that simply because the load was so high.

    Expect great things.

    Shoot with all this talk of hope, dream and high expectations I am starting to sound like President Obama.
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    If we took 1/10th the money we spend on building bombs and invested it in improving our education each year in 100 years we would no longer need to build bombs anymore. Education will rid the world of extremism long before warfare will.
    As a nation the US has spent more money on education than any other nation in history -throwing money at the problem is not the answer . The model for education excellence belongs to the Japanese but that has to do more with Societal values than money -the mother is expected to spend 4-5 hours a day helping with homework and discipline -if a student shows up 1 minute late to class they have to literally beg permission to enter the class room-
    The US education system was chosen 150 years ago and modeled on the Prussian military schools -they work fine until discipline is removed then all falls down-
    True change will happen only when class sizes are small enough to employ the Socratic method and put control of the schools back into the teacher's hands -
    Ask yourself why Catholic schools work so well when they pay lower than any other system ? Yet they succeed in sports , debate, academics and their graduation rates are among the highest -less than 1/2 the kids are Catholic so throw religion out the window-yet they are successful . Why ?
    Have you ever asked why summer break exists -it was so the kids could go home and work the farm-hardly seems practical today , does it ?

    Also the principal from Lean on Me was facing multiple law suits and disciplinary actions the last time I checked-in fact he may be out of a job -don't really care enough to look it up-let me know if you look it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r.payton@att.net View Post
    As a nation the US has spent more money on education than any other nation in history -throwing money at the problem is not the answer . The model for education excellence belongs to the Japanese but that has to do more with Societal values than money -the mother is expected to spend 4-5 hours a day helping with homework and discipline -if a student shows up 1 minute late to class they have to literally beg permission to enter the class room-
    The US education system was chosen 150 years ago and modeled on the Prussian military schools -they work fine until discipline is removed then all falls down-
    There is not discipline in the schools here. One of the few forms of discipline, suspension, that was left has now turned into a joke. Suspension is now a excused absence in MPLS Public schools, meaning that you do something bad you get some free vacation, get to come back and make up all your homework and/or tests.

    Quote Originally Posted by r.payton@att.net View Post
    True change will happen only when class sizes are small enough to employ the Socratic method and put control of the schools back into the teacher's hands -
    Throughout my life the teachers I loved most employed the Socratic method, small classes help a lot but so does discipline.


    Quote Originally Posted by r.payton@att.net View Post
    Ask yourself why Catholic schools work so well when they pay lower than any other system ? Yet they succeed in sports , debate, academics and their graduation rates are among the highest -less than 1/2 the kids are Catholic so throw religion out the window-yet they are successful . Why ?
    Less distractions, more parental involvement, two keys to their success in my opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by r.payton@att.net View Post
    Have you ever asked why summer break exists -it was so the kids could go home and work the farm-hardly seems practical today , does it ?
    We spend more then 1/3 of the year on vacations from school, no wonder we are ranked in the 20's



    r.payton, we both know that the system needs to change and while societal changes are needed do you feel that if worked on little by little the society will catch on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TycoonSlam View Post
    If we took 1/10th the money we spend on building bombs and invested it in improving our education each year in 100 years we would no longer need to build bombs anymore. Education will rid the world of extremism long before warfare will.
    We already are some of the biggest spenders on education. We need to fix where and on what we are spending the money on now before we start throwing more at it. While i would love to have a million dollars a day extra in education, with the system we have now I highly doubt it will help any students who "need" it. Furthermore I challenge that the country would not even contribute deficit spending to education. Hard to have class and race warfare if everyone is educated.
    "If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation." appropriate words from Maha Rushie himself.:walkman:

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