(If you think these things don't apply to you, they probably
don't, so don't be personally offended please... just consider
if they might be generally applicable to the "teeming masses.")
I think you're putting the cart before the horse. The
quality and effectiveness of education will not and cannot
improve until the attitudes of people (and especially
students) change. Education seems to only be really
important (as in, "I should actually bother studying and
going to class") to a minority of children. So, no matter
what you do with the education system, a lot kids will
still just not care, still skip classes, still drop out.
Of course, living in New Mexico (lousy schools, very high
dropout-rate) might be influencing my impressions. :)
In my opinion (currently valued at 2 pfennigs), the way
people are attacking this problem is very similar to the
way that abortion is attacked. They're going after surface
issues and ignoring the underlying ones. Some people want
to make it really easy to have one, some people want to
make sure no one can have one, but almost nobody is trying
to change the attitudes of people which induce them to
want one. As long as there are incentives to have
bastards (welfare) and have unprotected sex (boyfriend
approval), there will be people who are desperately
unprepared who will get pregnant and need abortions (or
Gaaaaah, now I'm ranting. Sorry. Maybe I should mention
He Who Kills UseNet Threads so this can be ended....
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