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  1. Larry Lewis
    May 19, 2011 @ 12:37:37

    Could i just add healthy lifestyle teachings – too many of our youth struggle with weight problems and everything this brings. Food, exercise and personal development for the mind, are three basic criteria our children need to be taught. Supported by healthy lunch options served in the school canteens. This would ensure success in both health and reduction in stress.

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    • bornstoryteller
      May 19, 2011 @ 12:44:27

      Larry, you can add anything that you feel is important and is non-negotiable. I agree with you 100%, overweight as I am. I used to be a food service director (15 years). When I took over a school food program at my main account, I walked into a location that used everything frozen or canned. Nothing was made fresh, all processed. That changed immediately. I added a vegetarian choice every day, roasted our turkey breast and roast beef for sandwiches, created a three salad bar island with a yogurt bar, all fresh vegetables and more, and just did what I could to provide a better meal service. So..forgive me for not attending to that in my wants. Yours is a welcome addition to the list.

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  2. Jenni
    May 19, 2011 @ 20:09:18

    Very fine ideas. The school system is killing our children’s individuality and turning them into a society of haters who can’t even come up with one unique idea amongst several. Bullying is what is taught and if you do it appropriately you will be rewarded not only in school but, in life…with better homes, cars, clothes and friends.
    The comment about healthy lifestyles…. The day our government decides to punish the companies that allow junk food to be cheaper than healthy food is the day we will no longer be a country of obese people. Yes, healthy choices start at home but, when you have economic troubles; losing your job and healthcare how exactly are you suppose to afford healthy foods when you have other bills that consume the little money you work extra hard to get? It’s not a black or white issue, LIFE is NOT black or white, it is something that takes trial and error until it is tweaked enough to work properly in each individual’s situation. People are punished for being what God made them to be….themselves!!!

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  3. bornstoryteller
    May 19, 2011 @ 20:15:54

    Thank you Jenni. Yes, there are a lot of problems with the service that is provided for students. It’s not black and white, I agree. But, complete welfare should be considered just. The idiots who want to reduce teachers, cut out programs and more are just that: idiots with their own private agenda. Share this with more parents. I’d love to hear their voices. Don’t forget: think about what POSITIVE things we can put out for change. I’m collecting these thoughts.

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    • Jenni
      May 19, 2011 @ 21:31:46

      Ok here is my wish list in no particular order of importance:

      1- Teachers should have a higher education. They should understand how the brain learns and not everyone learns the same way. All methods of learning should be instilled.

      2- Children should all be treated equally. No economic classes, races or ability to learn should affect how a child is being taught.

      3- Lunch should be provided for all students. Healthy filling lunches with time to eat slowly and digest the meal. Hurrying only induces indigestion and added stress. There should be more time between classes, a stressed and tired mind is a mind that is not learning.

      4- Schools should provide uniforms and shoes to all students and teachers. Children should not be bullied by other students or staff for not being able to afford something as trivial as new name brand clothes.

      5- Bullying should be severely punished, not only students but, staff and parents. Bullying begins at home and it needs to be eradicated if we expect to raise happy sane children.

      6- All children should be monitored while in school. Some of us parents work very hard to make sure our kids are not doing things they should not be doing and this should be important in the school as well. The kids are in their care and they should assume the responsibility of care-giver as well as educator.

      7- Children should be encouraged and rewarded for uniqueness not punished or placed into a “special” category. Yes, they are special but, not the way society portrays them as.

      8- Children who walk should be accompanied to and from school. Kidnapping of children would be greatly reduced

      9- Parents should be informed about everything happening during school hours not just notified when their child has done something “wrong.” We need to encourage more parental involvement. Allowing parents a say in the education of their child makes it easier to carry out the education process at home.

      10- Teachers need to never ever ever be allowed alone with any student. If there is no way to make sure a teacher is not a pedophile than they need to protect the children at all costs not the teacher.

      I have many many more things I would have on a wish list. There are just too many things going on in the school system that people don’t realize are affecting the way our children behave as adults.

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      • bornstoryteller
        May 19, 2011 @ 21:36:06

        Great additions. As to bullying, the ADULTS need to be taught as well. We have too many adult bullies who model their behavior for the kids: that INCLUDES teachers and school administration. I’ve seen/heard too much for anyone to tell me it does not happen with the adults in and out of school.

  4. Alpana Jaiswal
    May 20, 2011 @ 17:44:18

    My points will be..
    1.Remove the extra pressure of studies.
    2.Give more emphasis on practical knowledge.
    3.Introduce more of co curricular activities.
    4.More communication between the children and the teachers.
    5.Equality among all..every child is unique,and blessed.
    6.Lessen the burden of books that are to be carried everyday.
    7.The fee structure should be kept in mind,its a crazy amount.
    8.Parents should be allowed or encouraged to meet the school authorities on regular basis,so that its easier for both the sides,to work for the betterment of the child.
    9.The capability of the child should not be judged only by the marks on the report card..there is much more to that.
    10.No ranks..nothing more than this can demoralize a child..

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  5. bornstoryteller
    May 20, 2011 @ 19:16:20

    Also excellent points. As to the books, I really feel that a Tablet or Pad should become the norm now, and everything on eBooks. School pays one fee for so many downloads. Saves paper, space in the school, not having enough copies (that happens a lot), and if it’s on a cloud server, it’s never lost (well, as long as it’s backed up somewhere else too).

    Thanks

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  6. Sharon Holzscherer
    May 23, 2011 @ 15:56:52

    Thank you for asking this question. I have been very interested in the replies. I have had the unmitigated joy of doing exactly what you have proposed. I have imagined and brought to life my perfect school in the small town where I live. The only really bad drawback is that it has to be a private school. We approached the local board but met only resistance. We had no choice but to go private. Maybe some day we will get local groups to subsidize the tuition so we can be open for others.

    Have you seen the videos by Sir Ken Robinson? He advocates changing the paradigm of education so that children are not run through a factory which attempts to produce productive citizens but are rather nurtured and allowed to develop as complete people – imagination intact.

    One of my biggest requirements for any school system is flexibility. Allow teachers to be flexible in how they deliver the curriculum. Allow students to be flexible in how they learn. Allow flexibility in assessments. Allow flexibility in what families want for their children. Do not keep searching for “best practices”. Anyone with more than one child can tell you that what works for one does not necessarily work for another. Allow and nourish individuality. Our strength lies in our diversity.

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    • bornstoryteller
      May 23, 2011 @ 16:05:48

      Sharon, thank you so much for commenting. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m including the link to your school: Mississippi School for the Arts. I am so happy to find a new working model. I am part of a planning committee for a Charter school like yours; right now it looks like we may, to do what we really want, is go private. As it unfolds, I’ll post when I can. Thank you again. Please keep the comments coming.

      Flexibility IS key, all the way around: school admin, teachers, parents, local community.

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  7. Hocam
    Aug 17, 2011 @ 16:29:23

    You listed most of mine. An important one that you left out for me is class size. I work in a small school, that means multi-class teaching. So we teach two classes in the same room and sometimes class size is 30+ I would like to see single classes with 20 max ideally 15 which gives you time to give individual attention to those who need it. It would support the pupils who need supplementary help well.

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    • bornstoryteller
      Aug 17, 2011 @ 19:44:36

      Yes, you are right: this is one thing I left out that IS important, and I don’t know why I did not tackle it. To go along with that: healthy lunches; a breakfast program; physical education DAILY; and more more more.

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  8. musicsparks
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 15:43:48

    In my opinion, self pacing is also important. Some things a student may learn quickly while another takes longer. Having materials to cover is important. But, in some subjects (math being an example) maybe students can use online learning and progress at their own rate. The flexibility Sharon Holzscherer commented on is a part of this, too.

    I wish there were less required classes and more time to experiment. This would allow for students to find what they aren’t as good at/don’t enjoy (related to the failure you commented on). We’ve gotten away from our youth trying things into always being oriented towards a career and higher education. Personally,I think it is ok at 14 not to know what you want to be when you grow up. I would rather students graduate loving learning and seeing life after high school being filled with continued learning opportunities.

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    • bornstoryteller
      Aug 23, 2011 @ 15:50:24

      Thank you for all these add ons. Yes, experimentation, a lot of electives offered, would be great. sure, some of the kids would just want to go where their friends are, but a good guidence system in place (teachers, parents and counselors) would be good to help steer things alongside what the student is thinking.

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