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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Waiting for the Super School

In the past year, a great deal of media attention has been devoted to the increasing cost of education. College education costs more now than ever, and so do text books.

Recently, however, media focus has moved to basic education: failing schools, low test scores, and firing teachers. While the NCLB debate falls to the wayside, we begin to focus on fixing the schools themselves: teachers, bullies, and school security. Is Obama's Educate to Innovate a big deal?

This blog talks a lot about how to make lesson plans more interesting or teaching tools. This entry is going to be devoted to the students.

John Stewart and Steve Colbert focus on National News. It's no surprise that they too have turned their attention to schools. This week, The Colebert Report interviewed the director of "Waiting for Superman", a documentary about our education system, and the few who have access to its good side.

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The problem here is that the US spends so much time (and money) developing underprivileged areas...and yet our own students are facing the same crisis: the rich can get the education, the poor can't.

This sounds a lot like the college cost debate, doesn't it?

So the economic divide (the rich can have, the poor cannot) will be even worse in future generations because the rich are getting the leg up: the good education system.

A recent show on NBC is devoted to school renovation. Studies show that the more time or energy invested in something, the more you take care of it...hopefully the students will like their environment more after this:

The media cannot tell you what to think, but they can tell you what to think ABOUT. Is this sudden media attention a positive or a negative? Comments, please-I'm not sure what to think thus far.

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