Public vs. Private vs. Charter vs. Home-schooling, which of our current education systems is most preferable for the general public? Philadelphia, once the nation’s eighth largest public education system, will close 40 public school at the start of the[masked] school years, and plans to close 6 additional schools each year thereafter. This would result in the percentage of students in charter schools to rise from 25 to 40 percent by 2017. With education standards and achievements lagging compared to other countries, is the closing and dismantling of our public education system a good idea? IS the privatization of schools a good idea? There’s no question that the American education system is broken but where should school reform begin and how should it look? Below are some great TED talks and podcasts highlighting some opinions on education reform and some examples of innovative, new education plans. I would like to discuss the general issue of reform and what that reform should look like, why or why we shouldn’t privatize schools, promote home schooling, or just do away with the current system all together. During this discussion I would like to focus mainly on the below talks and podcasts as a starting place. From there I think it would be interesting to discuss these issues in light of what is occurring in Philadelphia’s education system. It would be great to have some teachers join this discussion if possible. I would also like to recommend Martin's links below as well and propose we discuss Finland in-depth. I would agree that their system is quite the opposite of ours.
TED radio hours (these feature and highlight the individual TED talks I also list below)
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