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Ecologist here- very entertained by all of this. I saw the climate change comment. Had to speak up- we make models on a regular basis that “support” both claims. While we can’t help but assume our actions have an effect on climate change (they must right?- and I believe they do), there are too many variables to conclusively say one way or the other. Feel free to respond to this but I will most likely never be back on here- just happened upon the discussion. With that said, I also know this has little to do with the discussion, just my area so I felt compelled.

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The only country I know of that uses standardized testing productively is Finland. Tests are anonymous. They are used to judge schools, not individual students. Schools that perform poorly (“poorly” in Finland meaning better than most American schools) get *extra* help, including funding, to correct the problem, rather than being punished.

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Sorry, I really have to disagree with some things in this article. I am a senior in high school right now and most of the things that have been listed continue to be used at our school. I also think that a few are for good reason such as the prohibition of Facebook. Yes, FB maybe a great way for students to discuss topics with each other in class pages but it gets very messy when you involve parents and teachers. It is not a problem of trying to check off the boxes, but finding out what works. At our school, students use the library on a regular basis and have updated computers for public use. It is incredibly distracting for teenagers to be outside of a classroom, we would never get work done. I don’t think I would have as much respect for my teachers if they tweeted on a normal basis. Personally, I like going to school early, if I had to stay at school until 5 pm, it would kill me. Honestly, you have to be in the moment to really understand how kids feel about school.

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I don’t see how that is not pertaining to their needs… American children’s test scores fail to compete with global test standards… They need to be in class as much as possible. In quite possibly the most industrialized country in the world, where all most children have to do is go to school, I do not believe that is acceptable. but then maybe that proves your point; maybe their needs are not being met, and we should have them all working in one way or another; in factories, on farms, in people’s houses… maybe then they might appreciate the opportunity to go to school everyday. Many children in other countries do not have that opportunity. Even if a 6 year old is in school the same amount of time that a high school student is, that does not mean that they have the same expectations as a high schooler; that would not be meeting their needs. kids have breaks, recess, music class, lunch, sometimes even nap time if needed. To say that that is not pertaining to their needs I think would be detrimental to their socialization and ability to learn to focus for more than a few seconds or minutes. And in a society where it often takes two parents or two jobs to make ends meet, it often falls incumbent on older siblings to take care of younger ones. If younger children get home before the person expected to take care of them, how would that be pertaining to their needs? If younger children and older children rode the same bus home at the same time (in order to make the logistics of later-starting high school work), couldn’t that possibly be a threat to younger children’s safety (a main reason for dividing up the grades)?

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Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible.

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I know there isn’t a one size fits all fix for the system, but until the education system gets more funding there won’t be a leap to that much technology, especially when inner city kids and their schools can’t afford many of those things.