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Fareed Zakariah's education segment 12/15.2013

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  • Democrat
    Breckenridge, CO
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    While Friedman's comments were spot on regarding the distractions the students in this country have (Facebook, twitter, etc.) he didn't go far enough when he mentioned how parents enable their children in this country. parents have a tendency to make excuses for their children to their teachers, sign off on work that they know their children haven't done (reading, math logs) and blame the teachers for their children's misbehavior in school. The two panel members who went to Shanghai to see the top grade school there, talked about the culture education prevalent and the time teachers spent emailing or communicating with the parents of their students. We teachers do not get that time here in the US. We are given more and more to do and less and less time to do it. I feel (teacher that I am) often like a Hebrew slave in Egypt during the Pharoah's reign- being asked to make more bricks with less straw and mud. What Sal said was also very significant- that we need to spend more time in schools on creative thinking activities. Yet, thanks to NCLB teachers are being pressured to spend the majority of their time teaching to the high stakes tests.
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    Durham, NH
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    But we have to keep in mind the people in power don't really want an educated populace. Educated people don't believe all the political hype spewing forth from their lips and educated people don't want to accept minimum wages. Capitalists want poor, uneducated masses to work for next to nothing to enhance their wealth and power. Capitalist want people to be educated just enough to do their job and not think or question their position in society. Capitalist want it all for themselves.
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    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: But we have to keep in mind the people in power don't really want an educated populace. Educated people don't believe all the political hype spewing forth from their lips and educated people don't want to accept minimum wages. Capitalists want poor, uneducated masses to work for next to nothing to enhance their wealth and power. Capitalist want people to be educated just enough to do their job and not think or question their position in society. Capitalist want it all for themselves.
    Indeed; since I had my education in Europe (and other places in this world), I'm so surprised that in a country as the US they created their own way (without looking at other countries) in the education process; For instance, I've got the feeling that the emphasis is more on football, basketball etc. than preparation to function in the society.
    Also here in FL you have the ridiculous school bussing program; kids do not even know how to cross a street, let alone walk half a mile; than there are the school lunches; I never had those ever; I had to go to school regardless if it strormed, snowed or had a cold, on my bicycle for 10 miles. My foster parents, if I was lucky, gave me a couple of sandwiches along with flinter thin cheese on it; that was lunch
    Kids here are spoiled brats who only have learned to "demand" ; The discipline to learn is not taught. Once in the Army they get the wrong discipline; then they are told not to think for yourself; the Army will think for you.
    The other wrong thing is; you always have to be here number one; number two does not count; another huge education mistake.
    I could go on and on; There are here way to few schools who are tied in with certain industries to prep for jobs. They recently interviewed the CEO of Siemens, a German company who has plenty of job openings in the US, but can not fill them because of skilled educated people are not available here.
    I happened to be asked by the company I worked for to move to the US because my skills were not available here either.