After the Election, What Will States and Districts Do?

By 11/23/2010

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Education Next’s Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. talk this week (Nov. 23) about how the Republican landslide will affect education policymaking at the state and local levels. Will state and local governments figure out how to downsize? Can they accomplish reform through reallocation?

Earlier, Paul Peterson and Chester E. Finn, Jr. discussed what the election results would mean for federal education policy. That video is available here.

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  • Joshua Haney says:

    Interesting discussion. Let’s talk OHIO high school math: having thousands (as was suggested in this video) or even 100 students with one math teacher online will not work for most students. It could work for self-motivated students that have an excellent math background or students with educated parents that will push their children through.

    But what about all the students that (a) are not motivated to do basic algebra (b) are already above their parent’s education level – remember students will have to go through Algebra II in Ohio. (c) these type students do not have the problem solving skills to independently do math on a computer!

    These students need small classes. These students need interesting new ways of collaborative learning. These students need to sit in classes small with professional psychologists to discuss where they are going in life and how a high school education is benficial. I am rambling now. I could go on and on.

    Students need to learn to problem solve and think creatively as oppsed as going through “boring” math online and not really doing any higher levels of thinking but memorizing their way through a course.

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