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Improving education is extremely important. But because our current education is so inadequate, very few people understand what improvements need to be made to education. Most everyone knows the importance of a good education, but no one knows exactly what a good education is supposed to be, or even the Purpose of a good education.

Freedom of Information - Education is a Human Right

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This is all the Research and information that I collected on education reform since 2008. I'm not finished organizing it all just yet, but this will give you some idea about the serious problems that are plaguing our education system. When we finally improve education and make it available to everyone, we will then solve every problem on this planet, but until then, millions of people will continue to die every year from things they can avoid. And wars, crimes, corruption and environmental destruction will also continue till our own extinction if we don't improve education soon. We have been making a huge and costly mistake with education. The responsibility of learning and becoming more knowledgeable is not taught in schools, or is learning encouraged by society or by the media, and most people don't even know this or are they aware of it. It's like we are purposely keeping people in the dark about reality. And we're not helping people to be more aware about better choices they have, which is totally crazy. People should be more knowledgeable about the choices we have, because 99 percent of people will always make the best choice that's available. That's human nature, that's the path of least resistance, that's just being good because being good is always better then being wrong or doing something bad. There are many benefits that come from being good, so everyone should have the right to be good and have the opportunities to be good. But this right needs the necessary knowledge and information that helps define and understand what is good and what is bad. If we don't improve access to valuable knowledge and information that people need, we will continue to suffer from our ignorance as we draw ever closer to a massive meltdown. We don't need a total collapse in order to rebuild. We don't need to destroy everything that we have accomplished in order to start a new beginning, we just need to learn. Everything can be repurposed and recycled. So as we are building a new and better world, we can set up the necessary infrastructure that makes our world more sustainable and a lot more healthier. And that fact is where millions of jobs are. So everyone will have a job, and our world will continually improve for millions of years. This means that future generations will only know a world of intelligent living, and they will only learn about how ignorant we were from history books, which will describe how our generation suffered from ignorance and how billions of people suffered from the dumbing down of the human mind.

"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster then society gathers wisdom." Isaac Asimov

Millions of students enroll in college each year across the country and discover that they need to take remedial education courses. Teaching students what they should have learned in high school. Between 40% and 60% of first-year college students in the United States require remedial help in English, math, or both. 56% of African American students and 45% of Latino students enroll in remedial courses in comparison to 35% of white students. Students are spending around $1.3 billion on these classes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools are a Racket, just like Wars and the Media.

"America use to be a nation of learners, but now people have stopped learning, and the people who are learning, are not learning enough, so eventually they too will stop learning. This is extremely devastating, the horrible consequences are everywhere."

"If you never learn to educate yourself, you will never be educated, even if you go to schools for your entire life."

One thing is for certain..."We can't solve our problems by using the same kind of thinking that created our problems."

"Todays education is like teaching someone how to swim and then throwing them into a stormy sea."

Thomas Jefferson (1816) noted that laws and institutions must keep pace with progress of the human mind. Institutions must advance as new discoveries are made, new truths are discovered, and as opinions and circumstances change.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed was written by educator Paulo Freire in 1968. Proposes a pedagogy with a new relationship between teacher, student, and society. In the book Freire calls traditional pedagogy the "banking model" because it treats the student as an empty vessel to be filled with knowledge, like a piggy bank. However, he argues for pedagogy to treat the learner as a co-creator of knowledge.

The problems with education have been talked about for over 200 years. We have made a lot of improvements to education, but these small improvements were not at the same pace as our advancements in knowledge. So the education improvements that are about to be made will be one of the biggest advancements ever made. But this will take a lot of work, so here we go....

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

774 million people in the world are illiterate and two thirds are women. Low health Literacy cost the U.S. 238 billion per year. About 30 million people, 14 percent of the US population 16 and older, have trouble with basic reading and writing. 18 million adults don’t read well enough to earn a living wage. 63% of prison inmates can’t read. 

Films

Education is a Human Right

History of Education
Development of Education in America 1600-2000
We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go...  

Horace Mann (wiki)
John  Dewey (wiki)  

"The effect of education (παιδεία) and the lack of it on our nature". (380 BC)

1840 - America was a nation of readers with a 93% to 100% Literacy Rates. Education was private and decentralized.

1852 - Compulsory Education

1902 - General Education Board

1910 - Flexner Report - Physical Health Education

When The Education System was Hijacked, Dumbed Down and Manipulated (youtube)
Corporate Takeover of our Education System Timeline 
The Country School of To-morrow (Frederick T. Gates Published 1913)
When the Corporate World Hijacked, Dumbed Down and Manipulated  the Healthcare System and Medical Schools (youtube)

1910 to 1940 - High School Movement (wiki) 

1927 - The National Association of Manufacturers complained that 40 percent of high school graduates could not perform simple arithmetic or accurately express themselves in English.

1938 - Study complained that newfangled teaching methods were forcing out basic instruction in phonics: “teachers...conspire against pupils in their efforts to learn.

1940 - Survey of business executives “found that by large margins they believed recent graduates were inferior to the previous generation in arithmetic, written English, spelling, geography, and world affairs.

1943 - Test by the New York Times found that only 29 percent of college freshmen knew that St. Louis was on the Mississippi, only 6 percent knew the original thirteen states of the Union, and some students even thought Lincoln was the first president.

1947 - The Time’s education editor published a book titled Our Children Are Cheated. In it, businessmen lamented the poor state of American schools. Segregation

1951 - Test in LA found that more than half of eighth graders couldn’t calculate 8 percent sales tax on an $8 purchase. The newspapers complained that students couldn’t even tell time.  

Tracking Education

1962 - Gallup poll found “just 21 percent looked at books even casually.

The End of Education

1983 - Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education declared that our failing schools made us A Nation At Risk.

1988 - The chairman of Xerox warned that “public education has put this country at a terrible competitive disadvantage.

1993 - The vast majority of Americans do not know that they do not have the skills to earn a living in our increasingly technological society and international marketplace.

1995 - The chairman of IBM told state governors that our schools needed higher standards for an era that demands improvements in skills if Americans are to succeed in the world marketplace. 

100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day
Higher Education Failures
Earth Timeline

2003 - Underground History of American Education is a Schoolteacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling, is a critique of the United States education system by John Taylor Gatto.

Today - State And Local School Funding Has Declined In Most States Since 2008. Spending on schools in at least 23 states will be lower this school year than it was in 2008.

Schools systematically fail to recognize the best teachers who make the biggest impact in improving pupils' success rates.

The best advice that you can give a student. School is not the place where you will be doing your most important learning. 80% of the worlds most valuable knowledge and information is not going to be found in schools. Your most important learning will be done by you actively seeking out the worlds most valuable knowledge and information, by researching, by talking, by reading, by experiencing. So until schools finally merge with reality, you're on your own, and your education is your responsibility, sorry, but that's the way it is, for now anyway.

"The responsibility of learning is yours, don't depend on someone else to do the learning for you."

"The one thing that is causing most of our problems is the one thing that we failed to fix and improve, and that was education."

"The biggest fraud being perpetrated on the public is making people believe that they are receiving a quality education, when in fact they are not. When the public finally realizes this fraud, there will be an uprising and a great awakening like no other human advancement in human history."

"A good school is not necessarily the one that spends the most. A good teacher is not necessarily the one who has a master’s degree or has the most experience. We found there are big differences across schools and they are not closely related to our common ways of judging the quality of schools".

Children of the Code

Adolescence is a critical time of formative growth and brain development second only to infancy. “The single best investment we can make is guaranteeing access to free, quality secondary education,” explains Professor Patton. “Every year of education beyond age 12 is associated with fewer births for adolescent girls and fewer adolescent deaths for boys and girls. A healthy, educated workforce has the potential to shape a country’s economic prospects.”

Schools don't teach enough, but you will never know the things that schools are not teaching you until you learn the things that schools are not teaching you. You will never know how ignorant you are, until you learn the knowledge that makes you aware of your ignorance. You don't know that you're missing knowledge until you acquire that knowledge that makes you aware that you were missing knowledge. Almost every problem that we have comes from not knowing something. Fear comes from not knowing something, anxiety comes from not knowing something. That is why learning the right things at the right time is so extremely important. Once something is known and understood, then it is no longer an unseen problem, it becomes a problem that you are now aware of, a problem that can be solved. 

How do you know that you know enough?

99% of people alive today don't know that they are extremely undereducated. And less then 1% of the people who think they know what a good education should be, don't want people to be educated. This is because highly educated people can think for themselves, which would make it hard for the rich and powerful to control and manipulate people at will. So over a 100 years ago dumbing down all schools and Universities went into effect. It was not a well though out plan. And sadly that plan worked so well that 99% of the people alive today don't know that they are extremely undereducated. But the ignorant people who devised this plan had no idea how many millions of people would be murdered and how much destruction it would cause, for if they did, they would have improved education and made education more available. For it's pretty obvious now that improving education would have been a much better plan.

Improving Education will be like Everyone Winning the Lottery

knowledge and information is our greatest strength and power. But too much of todays knowledge and information is not being effectively transferred, so our greatest asset is being underutilized. When people are more informed they make better decisions and make better choices. But we are doing an extremely poor job when it comes to informing people. Humans are better then this. Everyone has potential, but everyone needs the knowledge and information that will make them realize their potential, if not, then that potential is wasted and underutilized. If education was more effective and efficient in the transfer of knowledge, and also gave people a higher quality of skills and intelligence, naturally people would choose that particular education over other forms of education. People want to be smart and skillful, because they know their life will have less problems and have more opportunities.

The main problem with schools is that they make learning tedious, obscure and irrelevant, which causes students to never fully understand the true power of learning. So schools create dysfunctional learners, which is the most damaging thing that you can do to a person, and to the future of our world. Everyone knows that kids love to learn, so what are you doing to our children?

Who decides what is taught in our schools? Not you. Electives?


Achievement Gap

Education Index is a major component of well-being and is used in the measure of economic development and quality of life, which is a key factor determining whether a country is a developed, Developing, or underdeveloped nation. 

Education Report Card (PDF)

We have an achievement gap, but we certainly don't have an Ignorance Gap. More ignorance is not an achievement.

Achievement Gap in the United States (wiki)

Knowledge Gap

Closing the Achievement Gap, while at the same time, increasing achievement to the highest level possible, for everyone.

"There's no Achievement Gap, there's only dumb and dumber, you need to measure the things that are important and accurate."

We report to the American people that while we can take justifiable pride in what our schools and colleges have historically accomplished and contributed to the United States and the well-being of its people, the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people. What was unimaginable a generation ago has begun to occur--others are matching and surpassing our educational attainments.

A Nation At Risk - April 1983

"The education problem is systemic, it affects the entire system."

A Better-Educated Population Could Boost US Economy by Trillions 
By matching the average scores received by Canadian children, the US economy could increase by $10 trillion by 2025 and $57.4 trillion by 2075, which will make us debt free, forever.

Education News

Equitable GrowthPDF

Years of Potential Life Lost is also related to the years that are lost from being ignorant, or doing ignorant things.

The Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) is a measure of overall Disease Burden, with the disease being ignorance in this case.

Mortality Attributable to Low Levels of Education in the United States, of course this study does not explain all the damage that is done by undereducated people, because undereducated people did the study. For now, we have no educated people, because a complete high quality education does not exist any where on this planet. But soon there will be.

171 million people could be lifted out of poverty by acquiring basic reading skills. 4 Million child deaths were prevented by educating more women. Learning For All

New Global Education Monitoring Report 2016. Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all.

Schools that are ineffective can penalize a child for life. The student who leaves school without completing upper secondary education or without the relevant skills has fewer life prospects. This can be seen in lower initial and lifetime earnings, more difficulties in adapting to rapidly changing knowledge-based economies, and higher risks of unemployment. The same child is also less likely to take up further learning opportunities and less able to participate fully in the civic and democratic aspects of modern societies. Educational failure also imposes high costs on society. Poorly educated people limit economies’ capacity to produce, grow and innovate. School failure damages social cohesion and mobility, and imposes additional costs on public budgets to deal with the consequences – higher spending on public health and social support and greater criminality, among others. For all these reasons, improving equity in education and reducing school failure should be a high priority in all OECD education policy agendas.

Quality in Education

John Seely Brown: Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production (youtube)
John Seely Brown
John Seely Brown Lecture on Learning in the Digital Age (youtube)

The Government takes your money and then they stab you in the back...The federal government allocated approximately $141 billion on education in fiscal year 2014. "Throwing money at a problem"

Nations Report Card is a joke, they have no idea how to accurately measure how ineffective education system really is.
Nations Report Card

National Assessment of Educational Progress in Various Subjects
Stats (teaching resources)

International Student Assessment (wiki)
Education in the United States (wiki)

Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools? (NPR)

School Spending per Student in Ameria

School Spending (image)

These are among the best incompetent and corrupt schools that we have. National Rankings Best High Schools
How they calculated the Rankings has the same defective flaws as testing has.

Not giving a person the most valuable knowledge and information they need should be illegal and against the law. If you are not sure which valuable knowledge and information a person needs, then that would be your first step, information that they need, knowledge and information that would increase their understanding of them selves and knowledge and information that would increase their understanding of the world around them. We have to create an accurate way to effectively and efficiently assess a persons level of knowledge. Then make the knowledge the need accessible and easy to use.

Dropout Rates - Teacher Drop Out Rate

Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That’s a student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time. The U.S., which had some of the highest graduation rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries. The dropout rate has fallen 3% from 1990 to 2010 (12.1% to 7.4%). The percentage of graduating Latino students has significantly increased. In 2010, 71.4% received their diploma vs. 61.4% in 2006. However, Asian-American and white students are still far more likely to graduate than Latino & African-American students. Almost 2,000 high schools across the U.S. graduate less than 60% of their students.

Graduation Rates
But even if you do graduate, it's not saying that you are more prepared or even smarter. That is the sad part.

Ninety-three percent of high school seniors say they intend to go to college, but 1 in 10 of those never apply.
Between 10 and 15 percent of those who are admitted never register for classes. Of those who do show up, only 59 percent of four-year college freshmen, and just 29 percent of two-year college freshmen, actually get that diploma in a reasonable length of time.

These “dropout factories” account for over 50% of the students who leave school every year. 1 in 6 students attend a dropout factory. 1 in 3 minority students (32%) attend a dropout factory, compared to 8% of white students. 

In the U.S., high school dropouts commit about 75% of crimes. So the real punishment is our failing education system. But Dropouts are only part of the problem, it's the students who do graduate, they are not even close to being educated. They may commit less street crime, but they do more damage, and they also commit other crimes like white collar crimes.

Higher Education Problems



Every Child on Earth should have the Right to the Highest Quality Education that is Available

Educate America Act  (103rd Congress, 2nd Session, January 25, 1994)
To improve learning and teaching by providing a national framework for education reform; to promote the research, consensus building, and systemic changes needed to ensure equitable educational opportunities and high levels of educational achievement for all students; to provide a framework for reauthorization of all Federal education programs; to promote the development and adoption of a voluntary national system of skill standards and certifications; and for other purposes. Staff must be encouraged to work together to analyze student curriculum needs, develop a broad instruction plan, set information literacy goals, and design specific unit and lesson plans that integrate the information skills and classroom content. Educators can also collaborate on teaching and assessment duties, teaching methods, procedures and feed back they receive from students.

Accessible is something capable of being read with comprehension. Capable of being reached and easily obtained.

Right to Education is a universal entitlement to education. This is recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as a human right that includes the right to free, compulsory primary education for all, an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all, in particular by the progressive introduction of free secondary education, as well as an obligation to develop equitable access to higher education, ideally by the progressive introduction of free higher education. 2017, almost 70 million children across the world are prevented from going to school each day. The right to education also includes a responsibility to provide basic education for individuals who have not completed primary education. In addition to these access to education provisions, the right to education encompasses the obligation to rule out discrimination at all levels of the educational system, to set minimum standards and to improve the quality of education.

Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (wiki)

Rights to Access Information and Knowledge

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act whether it's a financial disability, or some other social disability, such as being
subjected to a inadequate education.

Student Rights

1:
No student shall be unlawfully denied an equal educational opportunity or be unlawfully discriminated against because of national origin, race, religion, economic status, sex, pregnancy, marital status, previous arrest, previous incarceration, or a physical, mental or sensory handicap.
2: All students possess the constitutional right to freedom of speech and press, the constitutional right to peaceably assemble and to petition the government and its representatives for a redress of grievances, the constitutional right to the free exercise of religion and to have their schools free from sectarian control or influence, subject to reasonable limitations upon the time, place, and manner of exercising such right. First Amendment
3: All students possess the constitutional right to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
4: All students shall have the right to be free from unlawful interference in their pursuit of an education while in the custody of a common school district.
5: No student shall be deprived of the right to an equal educational opportunity in whole or in part by a school district without due process of law. Freedom of Information 

In 2000, 164 nations got together and pledged "Education For All" by 2015. Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 58 million children do not attend primary school. And the worst part is, the ones going to schools and universities are not getting a complete high quality education.

No Lost Generation

Students for Academic Freedom - The Student Bill of Right & The Academic Bill of Rights

One of the best ways to improve life is by organizing mutual agreements with everyone around you. But to do this effectively and efficiently, society needs people to be educated to the highest level possible. Because without having a high degree of knowledge, people find it extremely difficult to negotiate agreements with other people. Everyone on the planet knows the value of a good education. So we have to make sure that everyone shares this extremely valuable resource, a resource that pays for itself, because the returns on this investment are enormously profitable, a profit not measured by money, a profit measured by the improved quality of life that people will benefit from. A life that is healthier, happier, more sustainable, more fair, and with more possibilities and more potential.  

"Education should be a Feed Back Loop."

We need to create a way for people to easily educate and inform themselves. The knowledge and information that's being transmitted through the media needs to beneficial and valuable, so that people can continually learn how to improve their lives, and improve their world.

Having great teachers doesn't matter if you're teaching the same old inadequate curriculum. If you're not learning the most valuable knowledge that the world has to offer, then good grades are pointless. If education is not teaching students the best and the most valuable knowledge, information and skills that the world has accumulated up to this date, then what are schools really doing? Schools are blowing an incredible opportunity to create intelligent people. Intelligent people who could solve every problem and make this world a beautiful place for all its inhabitants.  More.... 

"If school's are not contributing to the overall intelligence of students, then what are they doing?"

"Leave no one behind? Everyone is behind you freaking moron."

All teachers will need to be retrained; it's time to educate the educators and teach the teachers. Teacher quality is the single biggest school-based influencer on student achievement. The methods that we use to share information and knowledge is going to get a huge upgrade, and, the amount and the quality of knowledge and information that we share will also get a huge upgrade. We have only witnessed a small amount of what human potential is capable of doing. The potential that awaits us is finally going to reveal to us what human intelligence is all about. We have just begun, but we are catching on fast.

Informed Consent
Wasted Research
Teachers become Healthier when they Learn
Teaching Teachers (PDF)


Turnover

Teachers Drop Out too. Between 40 and 50 percent of those that go into teaching are gone within five years. Teacher Turnover costs school districts upwards of $2.2 billion a year.

Teacher Retention Project

Teacher resignation letters paint bleak picture of US Education
As teacher resignation letters increasingly go public – and viral – new research indicates teachers are not leaving solely due to low pay and retirement, but also because of what they see as a broken education system. Teacher turnover costs more than $2.2 billion in the U.S. each year and has been shown to decrease student achievement in the form of reading and math test scores.

"People are either paralyzed by the lack of knowledge or they are doing something harmful because of their lack of knowledge."

"School is not just a place where you go to learn, school is any place where you want to learn. Learning to teach yourself not only gives you more freedom and more choices, it gives you unlimited potential."  

Potential is possessing numerous possibilities. The capacity for coming into being. Having prospect and the possibility of future success. Having Capability and aptitude that may be developed. Having the skills and qualifications to do things well.
Potential Energy (action physics).

A Brave New World, The only way that people will be ignorant in the future is if people purposely don't educate people, or, pretend that they are educating people.

Student Speaks Out About Common Core, Teacher Evaluations, and Educational Data (youtube)

Kenneth Ye Farragut student Dec 4th School Board (youtube)

Charter schools suspended or expelled more students each year then public schools did. Maybe as a way to boost standardized test scores? African American boys and girls are several times more likely to face harsh punishments.

Welcome to The Pro-Education Improvement Movement...

"There's no way of knowing about possibilities unless you learn about what possibilities exist." "Academic Innovation"

This is a list the people and organizations that are working on improving education. Learning from these programs and disciplines could provide some useful information. Hopefully it's not the same crap that's just in a different package with a new name?

80% of our most valuable knowledge and information comes outside the classroom, but only if you are actively learning the right things at the right time. And that is one of the main reasons why education needs to improve, so kids are aware of what's missing.


Women and Education


If we were to educate every women on the planet we could improve this world over night. Women have always had the power of positive influence and a better insight to what’s important. Ask any Mother. Ask any child of a Mother. Mothers have an incredible intimate relation with life that no man could ever experience. Women represent 70 percent of the worlds poor, they perform 66 percent of the worlds work and produce 50 percent of the food, but women only earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property.  

Gender Issues
Women for Women
Mountain 2 Mountain
10x10 Act
10x10act (youtube)
Shabana Basij-Rasikh Speaks on International Day of the Girl (youtube)
United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative
Azure Antoinette speaks on International Day of the Girl (youtube)
Women of Nepal
Womens Global
Day of the Girl
International Day of the Girl Child (wiki)
Women Thrive
Girl Rising
Girl Up
Queen Rania of Jordan knows girls can change the world (youtube)
Malala Fund
Global Fund For Women
Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence Passion Greatness of Girls (video)
Women's News
Hoshyar 
Girl Child
Khalida Brohi: How I work to protect women from honor killings (video)
Half the Sky Movement
Laura Boushnak: For these women Reading is a daring act (video)
Women for Women
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard; Good Education Helps Girls
Violence against Women
Help Rainn Wilson Educate Girls in rural Haiti
#15girls
#YesAllGirls
#Girlboss101
Gender Bias in Textbooks (PDF)
Girls Education Facts (PDF)
GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg, Beastie Boys "Princess Machine" (a concert for little girls) (youtube)
African American Girls (PDF)
Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School (video) (She's a great example of why education is so extremely important)
Veerni mission is to educate and empower girls and women of rural Rajasthan so they can lead healthy and productive
lives free from poverty, coercion and disease.

"If it were not for women, humans never would have survived this long. Our best is yet to come."

In most developing countries, fewer than 50 percent of girls complete primary school, according to the United Nations. And the ones who do complete primary school are not given an inadequate education, which would be an education that will prepare them and provide them with potential. 

Get Together Girls (2014) 1:15 (video)
GTOG
The Atlas of Beauty
Mihael Anoroc
Ms. Foundation for Women
Sonita ...Brides for Sale (youtube music video)

Problems women face in the workplace
Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field. Engineering workplace is unfriendly and even hostile to women. Engineering has the highest turnover of women. Women faced the same issues in the fields of aerospace, biotech and computer software. 17 percent of women left engineering because of caregiving reasons, companies did not offer flexible enough work-life policies that met their concerns.

Hostile Work Environment
Glass Ceiling
Work-Life Policy
Work Life Balance
Work at Home Parent 

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first women to be given a Fields Medal, finally! 

This Women Understands Education more then 90% of all Americans
Sakena Yacoobi:How I stopped the Taliban from shutting down my school (Video and Text) - Sakena Yacoobi provides teacher training to Afghan women, supporting education for girls and boys throughout the country.

Afghan women studying biology in the 1950's before the Taliban takeover.  
Afghan women studying biology in the 1950's before the Taliban takeover

Nefertiti was an Egyptian queen and the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, or the sun disc. Together Akhenaten and Nefertiti were responsible for the creation of a whole new monotheistic religion which changed the ways of religion within Egypt. With her husband, she reigned at what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history. Some scholars believe that Nefertiti ruled briefly as Neferneferuaten after her husband's death and before the accession of Tutankhamun, although this identification is a matter of ongoing debate. Nefertiti had many titles including Hereditary Princess (iryt-p`t); Great of Praises (wrt-hzwt); Lady of Grace (nbt-im3t), Sweet of Love (bnrt-mrwt); Lady of The Two Lands (nbt-t3wy); Main King's Wife, his beloved (hmt-niswt-‘3t meryt.f); Great King's Wife, his beloved (hmt-niswt-wrt meryt.f), Lady of all Women (hnwt-hmwt-nbwt); and Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt (hnwt-Shm’w-mhw).Nefertiti, whose name means "a beautiful woman has come". She was made famous by her bust(a painted stucco-coated limestone), now in Berlin's Neues Museum, shown to the right. The bust is one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. It was attributed to the sculptor Thutmose, and it was found in his workshop. The bust is notable for exemplifying the understanding Ancient Egyptians had regarding realistic facial proportions. (Lived from ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC).

But Don't Forget the Boys: Boys are 70% of D's and F's. 75% of Boys are diagnosed with learning disabilities. Boys are 33% more likely to drop out of high school. Boys are twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Boy's are 60% more likely to have repeated a grade by the age of 12. By the 8th grade Boy's skills in reading and writing are 2 to 6 times lower then girls. Boy's make up 80% of all suicides. Boy's are twice as likely to be suspended from school.

Balanced Education (youtube)
Balance Teacher
Balanced Teaching
Axiom Education
Shifting Thinking

Percent of Low income Students in Schools


Undermatching Disadvantaged Students


Some of the Schools trying to make a difference

The Seed Foundation is another great program that proves that every child has incredible abilities, no matter what their social status is or where they come from. You don't have to be born privileged to succeed you just have to be born. And when you invest in a child's education, you're not only investing in that child's future but you're also investing in the future of everyone and everything that child comes in contact with. Talk about returns on your investment, there is no better place to invest your money or your time.  

Advanced Distributed Learning
Education Revolution
Free the Children Education South Sudan (PDF)
e-Estonia e-School
Carpe Diem Schools  Video
Seize the Day
Kipp Schools
Hacker House
Youth Build
Charter School Center
Reports
Charter Schools
Charter Schools: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) (youtube)
Summit Prep
Achievement First
Creative Learning Systems  
Pencils of Promise
Lumiar
Classical Education
Heart of Stone
Ed Trust
Feed the Minds
Feed the Minds (wiki)
Education programmes in six countries and more than 900,000 students worldwide
Alt School
Success After 6
Students First
Studio Schools
Aspire Public Schools
New Schools
EduTopia
Grants Data   
Rocket Ship Education
Australian Curriculum
Summer Hill
About 21st-Century Skills
Agile Mind
Bureau of Indian Education
Native Youth Report
International Network for Education in Emergencies
Journal
Virtual Learning Academy Charter School

Ron Clark Academy To deliver the highest quality educational experience where global citizens are born through advanced rigor, engaging teaching methods, and a passionate climate and culture.

How to fix a broken education system ... without any more money, Seema Bansal: (video and interactive text)

I love the Success For Kids program (SFK) they help provide children with life skills and universal tools that teach them how to make wise choices.     

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Kiran Bir Sethi: Taches kids to take charge (video)

5 October 2012 – Some 1.7 million more teachers are needed to achieve Universal Primary Education by 2015, the second of the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Heads of various United Nations agencies said today in a joint statement marking World Teachers Day, which is held annually since 1994.    

Education For All

We need more then just Reform in Primary Education, we need a vastly improved curriculum with self directed learning capabilities and more effective ways of testing. In a world that is full of knowledge and information, schools teach so very little.

Bunker Roy: Learning from a Barefoot Movement (youtube)
Barefoot College
Julian Treasure Noise in Classrooms (youtube)
Education for a Sustainable Future (youtube)
Kampuchea, from Pond to Fountains (vimeo)
Estella's Brilliant Bus

Siragu Montessori School in Tamil Nadu, India is another Great Advancement in Education.
Siragu Kids
World Kids Unite
zim Premji Foundation
Unstoppable Foundation
Service to Humanity
Hole in the Wall
School on Wheels (youtube)
Mexus Education - Mexus
Teacher Holds Class in a Cowshed

Another great ideas is Stones into Schools, which Promotes Peace through Education.

Give and Live is a nonprofit charity giving to disadvantaged children in Southeast Asia learning opportunities by supplying educational materials, building facilities and providing food, clothing, shelter and related necessities. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, your donations are tax-exempt. Help us help the kids!

Soft Power
Power Within
Cyber School Bus
Europa
Project Education Sudan

The Learning Community
Ananda Education for Life
Community Learning
TLC
Bridge International Academies    

Watch this video by Richard Dreyfuss on Improving Civic Education. (Fora TV)
Some interesting ideas & thoughts about education.
The Dreyfuss Initiative.org

Madangombe One Block at a Time

Jig Saw diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, race, and ability a cooperative learning technique that reduces racial conflict among school children, promotes better learning, improves student motivation, and increases enjoyment of the learning experience.

Parent Revolution providing families with information on school quality and options and supporting families in navigating the school choice process in Los Angeles.


The problem with education is not the teachers, the problem with education is the curriculum. If you improve the curriculum you will improve teachers, you will also improve the students and then you will improve the world.

77 million children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2009.
3.2 million projected number of high school diplomas that will be awarded in the 2011-12 school year.
19.7 million projected number of students enrolled in the nation's colleges and universities this fall.
98,706 number of public schools in 2008-09. In 2007-08, there were 33,740 private schools.
7.2 million Number of teachers in the United States in 2009. Almost 3 million taught at the elementary and middle school level. The remainder included those teaching at the postsecondary, secondary, preschool, kindergarten levels, special education and other teachers or instructors. Almost 50% of the teachers quite in the first 5 years. Around 80% of teachers are women.
Of the 3,380,300 full-time and part-time public school teachers who were teaching during the 2007–08 school year, 84.5 percent remained at the same school (“stayers”), 7.6 percent moved to a different school (“movers”), and 8.0 percent left the profession (“leavers”) during the following year. Among the 487,300 private school teachers who were teaching during the 2007–08 school year, 79.2 percent were stayers, 4.9 percent were movers, and 15.9 percent were leavers.

Education Facts
Education Census
Education in the United States
Education Statistics
Education in Germany (wiki)
German Model (wiki)
Change Agent for Systemic School and Community Change (PDF)
Change Agent Mechanisms for School Improvement (PDF)


"I'm just reporting illegal activity, I'm like a whistle blower exposing fraud, waste, abuse, illegalities, and the danger of public health and safety, that are a direct result of our education institutions. I believe that we can avoid a class action lawsuit."


Education Reform Ideas

Collegiate Learning Assessment
New Leadership Alliance
Rethinking Schools
School Choices
Pro Ed Solutions
Ed Reform
Education Reform
Essential Schools
Social Organization
Rethinking Schools
Annenberg Institute
Get Schooled
I 4 Reality
Ct. Ed Reform
Education News
Reuniting Thinking with Doing (PDF)
Advance Path 
Teaching and Student Experience
Public Relations for Education
Learn Zillion
The Future of Higher Education
Mastery Connect
Study Sync
Education and Skills Forum
Race to the Top (your top is still the bottom)
Students First 
Future we Create
Future of Higher Ed 
Future of Education
Success Careers
Future of Ed
Junyo
Learn USA 

Small Schools Movement (wiki)
International Baccalaureate (wiki)
IB Diploma Programme (wiki)
Extracurricular Activity

Conspiracy Theory's about the Next Generation of Education Reforms
Education Research

 Education Research Grants (PDF) These guidelines show just how incredibly ignorant and corrupt our education system is. If they used these same guidelines for our current education system, our education system would be throw-out and defunded.

What If all of a sudden you lost all the knowledge, memories and information that you had stored in your brain? You would be on the ground like a new born baby. You would have to learn everything all over again. So you have to ask yourself, what if you had a chance to start over again and had a chance to relive your life? What would you change about the things that you learned during your previous life experiences? What things would you like to learn this time in the first 16 years of your life? How would you like your education experience to be like this time? What if you had a chance to go back and improve upon everything in your life, and improve everything in the world, what would you do? Guess what, almost every single person on this planet is in that position now. This is not a what if, this is a "What can we do now?"

The goal is to create the highest quality curriculum that would give people the most valuable skills and wisdom that would allow people to reach their highest potential, and at the same time, give them the most freedom and the most control over their lives. If people were to be given the knowledge to understand life more accurately and more completely, that would give people enormous potential, with endless possibilities, and the ability to solve any problem that the world is currently suffering from. But this is not just about improving education, this is also about making sure that people continually have access to the most valuable and the most accurate information and knowledge that the world has to offer. Information that would help people make the best decisions possible, and at the same time, give them the greatest control over the quality of their life.

"Everyone knows that a good education is the key to solving our problems, but no one knows what a good education is supposed to be."

"One of the failures of Education is that it often focuses on rote memorization of facts without describing either the method that generated them or the theories that organize our understanding of them."

Why is the Government so incompetent, inefficient and corrupt?
Why are Local Governments so incompetent, inefficient and corrupt?
Why are Public Services so dysfunctional, incompetent and inefficient in America?
Why are Public Sector Workers so incompetent and inefficient?
Why are Government-Run Businesses so incompetent, inefficient and corrupt?
Why are some Private Businesses so incompetent, inefficient and corrupt?
Because our education system is incompetent, inefficient and corrupt.

Too many schools are like an evil joke being played on innocent children, it's just cruel. And people wonder why children grow up to be resentful, da. But kids and people have to learn to forgive teachers and parents, because they do not know any better. So it's not their fault and they are not to blame, just like you're not to blame, no one is to blame. So the only intelligent thing left to do now is start learning, and start learning together, as we should have done since the beginning, but we never learned how, until now. We are about to embark on the most incredible journey, beyond imagination.


Our dysfunctional and ineffective education system has similar results as the radicalization of terrorists. Except some of the graduates from public education end up killing more people then all terrorists combined, because they grow up to be politicians and corporate leaders. Radicalization and ignorance are the same thing. How can you go to the best universities in the world and still end up ignorant? It's not just what schools are teaching, it's what the school are not teaching that does most of the damage. Radicalization will not exist after education improves, because there we be nothing to be radical about when the ignorance is removed from society by a high quality education.

Cause and Effect

It's bad enough that students are not learning the right things at the right time, they are to many times that students are learning the wrong things at the wrong time.

90% of students graduating high school and college are in a sense intellectually deprived. And they don't even know it because being intellectually deprived means that you don't have the necessary information and knowledge that is needed to correctly analyze and understand that you are Intellectually Deprived, or Pathologically Naive. So if education does not improve then almost every student will never fully understand themselves or the world, and they will never be effective enough or efficient enough to improve their abilities or increase their potential.

Pathologically is any deviation from a healthy or normal condition.

Naive is lacking information or instruction. Deficient in relevant experience.

Gullible - Ignorant

As all schools are, the Free School is a great experiment. Learning on your own and experiencing life on your own terms is incredibly important. But, there is only so much you can learn from your own experiences. And you don't want to waste too much time making the same mistakes that everyone else makes, even though learning from your mistakes is important. That is why teaching is so extremely valuable. Freedom to explore and freedom to learn is absolutely necessary, but you also need Guidance from an experienced professional, because this will save you lots of time and help you learn much quicker and learn much more. The worlds accumulated knowledge and information is our most valuable resource, and should not be wasted. That is why I'm collecting and organizing all the knowledge and information that I can find so that I can share it with as many people as possible. This will save people many years of time and effort, which is one of the main purposes of teaching, saving people time so they have more time to explore and learn more about our world then the previous generations. They will also have more time to enjoy life as well, and, be better equipped to solve the problems that have been plaguing this world for way too long.

"You can be either part of the problem or part of the solution. Being part of the solution will always be the most rewarding."

If you don't learn the things that are important or valuable, then you will not benefit from learning in the ways that you should. Knowing what things to learn and when to learn them is extremely important. The worlds most valuable knowledge and information does not come from schools or universities, or does it come from the TV, or the Radio, or the News Papers or Magazines. The worlds most valuable knowledge and information is not found all in one place, but it will be soon, welcome to Basic Knowledge 101, collecting and organizing the worlds most valuable knowledge and information so that it can be used to improve education, as well as improve the lives of every person on the planet.

Right to Education

Trying to explain what a high quality education is, is like trying to explain what seeing is like to a blind person, it's extremely difficult. You have to experience it, you can't pretend to know what it is, or pretend to know what it isn't. You don't understand a language or know how speak a language until you learn how. The only way to understand knowledge and information is learn what knowledge and information is, and to learn what knowledge and information means to a human.


This is our time
All the problems that we see in the world are directly related to people not having enough information and knowledge. When people have more access to more knowledge, and when people learn the facts about the world, they will have more opportunities and they will have more choices. Just like when someone receives a high quality education, that person has more potential, they have better skills, and they have a better chance of having a better life. It's time that we make improving education one of our highest priorities. It's time that we create a high quality education that everyone has access to. We can no longer allow ignorance to destroy ourselves and our planet. We have to make improving education a world project, something that everyone can do together, something that anyone on the planet can be a part of. Let education be in the News everyday. Let it be seen on the TV everyday. Let people know that education is important and that learning should be part of our daily life. Everyone has the responsibility to learn, to know more about ourselves, to know and understand the world around us. This is our time.


Education Word Cloud

More Word Clouds



Every school in the world should have this as their Mission Statement...

These are the things that we have learned so far and this is what we know. These are the current predictions that we have calculated so far that will impact your life, negatively and positively, with some predictions being in the near future, and some being far into the future. 100 billion humans have lived and died before your birth. Their efforts are responsible for sustaining Human Life for thousands of years, as well as, providing us with many benefits, advancements and luxuries. But during this process of survival and progress, we have made a lot of mistakes and have caused a lot of problems. This is your world now. This is your responsibility. In order for us to improve our lives, and continue to progress and to survive, we must learn how to repair our mistakes, while at the same time, learn how to stop making the same mistakes over and over again.

"Every problem can be solved in this world, you just have to learn how to solve them." 

Everyone is capable of understanding anything they want, it's just knowing the things that are needed to learn is the hard part. So if the knowledge that you needed was available for you to learn, then you could learn anything you want. The more knowledgeable you are about something, the more chances you'll have to use that knowledge for your benefit, as well as for the benefit of others. The more we learn about what we can do, the more we can do.

Improving the world needs to be a competition. Where countries and communities can compete with each other. People love games. So we should make our most beneficial endeavors more fun and less boring. We are very creative, so it will be easy.

Students have to understand that education is 90% their responsibility, and only 10% the responsibility of schools and teachers.

If you want a job, then you better learn how to create a job yourself, or support the people who are creating good paying jobs that are sustainable and beneficial to everyone. If you want healthy and clean food at a reasonable cost, then you better learn how to grow food yourself, or support the farmers who grow healthy and clean food. If you want clean water in abundance, then you better learn how to create clean water in abundance yourself, or support the people who know how to create clean water in abundance. You want a home, you better learn how to build a home yourself, or support the people who know how to create affordable, healthy and energy efficient homes. Do you want clean and affordable energy, then you better learn how to create clean and affordable energy yourself, or support the people who know how to create clean and affordable energy. If you want a fair and criminal free government, then you better learn how to create a fair and criminal free government, or support the people who know how to create a fair and criminal free government. You don't have to do everything yourself, but you do have to learn how to do everything yourself. This way nothing will stop you from having a good life. Everyone knows there's no guarantees, but you can definitely increase your odds significantly, so having a great life is definitely in your hands. When we work together our potential is limitless. So start building your team now, start a club or a coop of like minded people. Create your own community of intelligent people, people you can count on who share the same values that you do. Use Social Media the way that it is supposed to be used, which is to stay connected to people and create healthy and strong bonds. Share information and knowledge that benefits people, instead of sharing information that isolates people. One of the best ways to improve life is by organizing mutual agreements with everyone around you.






My Speech Idea   (2012, needs to be updated)

Hi everyone, I want to talk to you about education and how incredibly important education is and how education has the enormous potential to make improvements all over the world in all aspects of society. Of course I'm not talking about our current education system the way it is now, I'm talking about an improved education that can produce highly educated people with incredible abilities, skills and qualities. People who could solve every problem that our world is currently faced with.
Everyone knows the value of a good education. People who have a good education have more options, more choices, more abilities and more potential. But the improvements that we have made to education so far, have fallen way short to prepare people for the world that we live in today. We have a lot of problems to solve and a lot of challenges ahead of us, so we are going to need a lot of highly educated people to solve these problems and to meet these challenges. Knowledge Gap Divide
But access to a good education is out of reach for most people. And even if you are lucky enough to go to a school, or a  University, there is still no guarantee that you will get a good education. And with budget cuts and school closings, getting a good education is becoming a lot more difficult and a lot more expensive.
We have accumulated a lot of information and knowledge over the last 2,000 years. And just in the last 100 years the amount of information and knowledge that we've accumulated has increased tremendously. And thanks to the internet, and the millions of people who have contributed to the largest source of information and knowledge, we are literally sitting on the biggest gold mine this world has ever seen. We have learned so much about ourselves and the world around us that we can no longer afford to ignore the value and the benefits of all the things that we now know. The facts are in. All human improvements and technological advancements have all been the result of more people having more access to more knowledge and more information. So if we improve our greatest tool, which is education, and make it available to everyone, we will unleash the full power of human potential all over the world, and at the same time, fix all our major problems that we are currently faced with. Every person has the potential to be intelligent, so it just makes sense that we provide everyone with the necessary tools and knowledge to reach their potential.
Every parent in the world wants their child to have access to the best education possible, because every parent knows that a good education is an incredibly important when it comes to their child's future. This is why we need to build a complete high quality education that everyone can have access too. An Education that is available online, in schools or in the form of software that can run on any computer or smartphone anywhere in the world. This will give every person on the planet a chance to be successful in their life, as well as in their careers and at the same time be a benefit to the world.
There are currently thousands of people working on improving education, but we can't do it alone, and we certainly can not use the same teaching methods or the same inadequate curriculum, because they are clearly not enough to prepare students, and the evidence of that is everywhere, especially when you look at all the things that can be avoided like the thousands of people who are dying everyday, the millions who are suffering everyday, and the enormous amount of destruction that is happening to our environment everyday. These things can be avoided and so they should.
The world is desperately in need of educated people. People who can be problem solvers for the countless problems that have been plaguing our world for way to long. We have many challenges ahead and we need many highly educated and skilled people to meet these challenges.
We are an intelligent species with incredible abilities and potential, and our advancements in technology is clear evidence of our potential, and clear evidence of what educated people can accomplish. And we all know that when we work together we can accomplish some amazing things.
We have everything that we need on this planet, except a complete high quality education that everyone has access too. An education that provides a person with all the necessary information, knowledge and skills that a person needs to be prepared to live on this planet.

So lets do this...Lets build a complete high quality education that everyone has access too.
It will be our gift to every child on the planet, and a gift to future generations to come.

Thank you and Godspeed, ~Howard Mark Polley 
(817 words, 4670 characters)

"Making improvements in the world from the bottom up and from the top down at the same time, this way we can meet in the middle some day."


We know for a fact that the driving force behind all our improvements and advancements in the last 200 years, has been directly related to our ability to educate more people. And we did this by building more Schools and more Universities then any other time in human history. So this education thing works really really well. But, we haven't improved education enough in order for it to adequately prepare, or have we made it available to everyone. So we are literally wasting the potential of 100's of millions of people. 100's of millions of people who could be making desperately needed improvements all over the world, but are instead marginalized, and there is no need for that.

Young people today need to fully understand, we are just beginning to realize how badly our schools are and that the way we educate people needs a lot of improving. The enormous amount of valuable information and knowledge that the world has accumulated, over the last 10,000 years, needs people that have learned how to correctly utilize this incredibly valuable resource that we call knowledge. We all know the benefits of highly educated people, so lets educate everyone. If you're going to pass one thing onto your future generations, let it be knowledge, it's the gift that keeps on giving, and improving.

School standards and the curriculum are incredibly inadequate, and our teaching methods are old and outdated.

Kids are not prepared and definitely not ready for the challenges of life. That means most kids will most likely waste way to much time thinking about things and worrying about things that are irrelevant and unimportant, which will cause them to do to many things in their life that are irrelevant and unimportant. Life shouldn't be something that you have to endure, life is something to explore, and enjoy. And if you don't have the necessary knowledge and information, you will get lost, you will struggle, you will make a lot of mistakes that you shouldn't have to make. So you will waste a lot of time, you will not be aware as you should be and can be, and you will have no clear direction in your life, or anyone else's life. Everyone has incredible amounts of potential. But all that potential goes to waste if you never learn how to utilize it, as well as, utilize all your natural born talents, talents that you are unaware that you even have.

"People want the most accurate information they can get so that they can make the best decisions possible, that would produce the highest quality results, and at the same time, save time and energy."

When kids are not educated enough it not only lowers their potential it also increases their vulnerability. Undereducated people also make bad decisions, and a lot of those mistakes that they make they won't even notice that they're making them. So you see our awareness is extremely important. It's more then just understanding what you see, but more importantly it's understanding the things you can't see. The more we are aware of, the more we are aware of the choices we have, and the better our decisions will be. Humans have brains, it's time we start using them, effectively and efficiently.

Just because you went to school does not mean that you are educated. To say someone is educated says very little about that person. You can say that being educated means that a person can read and write and do some math. It does not say that a person is reading the right things, or writing things that are relevant, or counting things that matter. Just because you have abilities does not mean you are using them correctly, effectively or efficiently. Educated and Intelligence should mean the same thing.

If you don't go to school or college you won't get a good job, that is really a stupid thing to say, and this is why. First, going to school does not define what you need to learn, and getting a job does not define what type of work that you should do. Just because you go to school does not guarantee that you will learn the right things, and just having a job does not mean that the work that you do is important, or does it say that the work you do is valuable or that it benefits people and has a positive impact on the world.

So what do you need to learn?
And what type of work should you do?
Higher Education

We can clearly see that education has improved the lives of millions of people all around the world. But sadly we can also see that millions of other people do not have the benefits of education, which is causing millions of people to suffer, millions to live in poverty, and causing thousands of people to die prematurely every single day. The benefits and potential of education is just to
important to ignore. Everyone needs to be a part of this. Since 2008 I have dedicated the last 6 years of my life, and I will continue to dedicate the rest of my life to improving education and making it available to everyone, I will not stop until my body has deceased. I prey to God that I can live another 50 years. Because it would be a honor and a privilege to give the last 50 years of my life, especially knowing that millions of people will benefit from having a complete education, and then those millions will benefit millions more, and so on and so on, until every human that ever lives will have access to the worlds best education.

Abstract
Improving education may seem like an abstract idea, and it may be hard for most people to visualize and understand what improving education means, but it's not that hard to understand how knowledge and information can improve someone's life, or understand how knowledge and information can give a person more potential. One of the reasons why improving education seems like an abstract idea is because the word education itself is abstract. No one has a clear understanding of what education is or what educations purpose should be. And the reasons why education is so abstract is because todays education is fragmented and dysfunctional, which is the cause of this abstraction. If you can't teach people to understand what education is, then education will not improve fast enough to meet the challenges that we are currently faced with, thus suffering, diseases, problems and avoidable deaths will continue for as long as humans live.

The words education and knowledge has little meaning to the average person. Beyond the basic definition of the words education and knowledge, there is no way to clearly explain what education and knowledge means, until we create a high quality education and see the results. It's hard to explain something that takes months, and even years, to fully understand. It's not easy to explain something that's hard to imagined or visualize. It's like trying to explain to some one a place in the world that they have never visited or never seen a picture of. No matter how detailed I am in my explanation, it will never compare to being there and living there. You have to go and see and experience it yourself. I can show you examples, like show you poverty and say that is the result of a poor education, and then show you sky scrapers and bridges and say that is the result of a good education. But those explanations would not even come close. There is no easy way to explain what it means to understand, to increase your awareness, to increase your potential, to see more opportunities and more possibilities then ever before, an awakening. I have no examples of a great education, because we don't have a great education yet. I can't even be an example myself because I'm still learning, so most of what I have so far is a head start. I can tell you the things that I have learned so far, but that would never be enough to explain to you all the benefits that I have experienced. I just got started.

"More people working is not saying that things are improving, because most people are working in the wrong direction, so they are not having a positive impact or making improvements, so employment numbers are irrelevant."

Experiencing a lot of different things does not make your life better or richer, or does it make you wiser. This is because there is no guarantee that you are learning important lessons or gaining valuable skills by experience many different things. I experience many different things in my life, but those experiences provided little value to me when I compared them to learning the right things at the right time. Knowledge is not automatically gained through our experiences. Knowledge is a slow methodological process that can only be successful if given access to the right knowledge at the right time and sequence.

Every parent wants their children to be able to make good decisions on their own. So lets give them the necessary information and knowledge so they can do this successfully. We have this ability, so let us not waste it, we don't have a lot of time to waste, or people.

We live in an incredible system that took millions of years to perfect. It's a magnificent and sustainable a cycle of life that has sustained humans for thousands of years. And if we maintain this system correctly, it will provide us with life for the next 3 billion years. But we are failing, and failing miserably in to many areas. It's time we educate people and teach everyone about the problems that we all face in this world. We have a fighting chance, But if we don't train and educate people enough to face these challenges then we will have very little chance of making any improvements, especially enough that would ensure our survival.

Survival: A natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment, thus remaining alive.

So are you still wondering why we need to improve education? Don't worry, understanding this will not happen over night.

We have a serious education problem, it's not working. And the evidence that education isn't working is everywhere. We need to make a lot of improvements in how we educate our young. Luckily education isn't totally broken, it just needs a lot of fixing.

"The fact that they had to raise the drinking age is proof that education is failing. A teacher is either the worlds greatest enemy or the worlds greatest ally."

"The Zombie Apocalypse is just a metaphor for our failing education system. Eating brains does not make you smarter. The only way to unzombify yourself is to fully and accurately educate yourself." 

We now have enough knowledge and information to educate people completely. That means everyone could have the ability to fully understand themselves and fully understand the world around them. I'm not saying that these highly educated people will know everything, but they will know enough to control their own destinies, and to live the life that they choose to live, a life with complete fairness and compassion for everyone.

"Everyone should posses the accumulated knowledge and information that has been produced by everyone that has ever lived, just like all living animals and plants, it's the only way that life survives."...not know everything, just the most important.

"What would you be if you never had another human to teach you? A wild animal with a short life span and no potential."

If Students are willing to put in the time and effort into their education they should be given the most valuable and the most important information and knowledge that the world has to offer, Information and Knowledge that is the most current and the most accurate. Don't waste students time with inferior curriculum, inadequate schooling and teaching methods, because everyone will have to pay for this ignorance, and the world cannot afford anymore ignorance.


Inferior is low or inferior quality. Falling short of some prescribed norm. Of or characteristic of low rank or importance.
Ineffective is not producing an intended effect. Lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate. Tracking
Inefficient is not producing desired results; wasteful. Lacking the ability or skill to perform effectively; inadequate.
Inadequate is lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task. Not sufficient to meet a need.
Deficient is a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement.  
Incompetent - Pathologically Naive - Ignorant - Gullible
Defective is subnormal in structure or function or intelligence or behavior. Not working properly. An imperfection in a bodily system. Error
Fault is a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or Inattention. An imperfection in an object or machine. The quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection. Responsibility for a bad situation or event. Blame - Mistakes
Impediment is something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress. Any structure that makes progress difficult.
Unable is not having the necessary means or skill or know-how. Lacking necessary physical or mental ability.  
Antonym: Intelligence
Dysfunctional is impaired in function; Failing to serve an adjustive purpose. Impaired. Diminished in strength, quality, or utility. Make imperfect. Mentally or physically unfit. Make worse or less effective. 
Fragmented is lacking orderly continuity. Part; cease or break association with. Confused. Having been divided; having the unity destroyed. Break or cause to break into pieces.
Coherence is logical and orderly and consistent relation of parts. 
Retardation is a decrease in rate of change. The extent to which something is delayed or held back. Any agent that retards or delays or hinders. Lack of normal development of intellectual capacities. The act of slowing down or falling behind.  

Education Undermatching (wiki)

We have the Ability

We have the ability to improve education 100 times better then it is today. And we can make education available to everyone on the planet, 24 hrs. a day. We have the ability to give anyone an entire education on a laptop computer. That means every person that we can fully educate will have the ability to improve their world. So instead of people being victimized by an undereducated society, people will have the abilities to correct and improve their world. So instead of having a world that is in constant decline, we will have a world that is constantly improving. We can make education be the cure of our problems, instead of just using education to treat our problems. The potential of an educated society is limitless. Imagine a world full of educated people who fully understand themselves and the world around them. Imagine. We have the Ability.

Imagine that all your knowledge of the world came to you through News Papers, Magazines and the Television, you would be a ignorant moron and have very little understanding of yourself and the world around you. And you wonder why improving education is so extremely important.

Decline is a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state. Grow worse. A gradual decrease.
Go down in value. Refuse to accept. Show unwillingness towards. Change toward something smaller or lower.
Diminish
is to decrease in size, extent, or range.

I'm just doing what is right and what is needed. Knowledge and information is extremely important to all humans, so I'm just trying to make sure that everyone has access. Learning is an incredible journey that everyone should be on.

All the problems that I have ever witnessed in my life can all be solved by a few simple questions, How can this information and knowledge be Taught and Learned so that this problem can be understood and solved before this avoidable damage is repeated? All our problems can be solved by improving education, if you don't know this, then you are the perfect example of a poor education and why we have so many problems, so you have actually become part of the problem.

The Right to Education Project
Universal Primary Education
Education For All 

If you knew of something that would give you more abilities and more potential, you would want it? Improving education is our best chance for all of us to live normal lives, lives that would benefit everyone, and, everything.

Students today don't know how to study--period. Distracted, undistracted--doesn't matter. At least that's been my experience over many years as a college professor. They don't know how to read or listen or take notes. They don't know how to research or ask appropriate questions. They lack persuasive writing and articulation skills. They don't know how to model themselves after an effective mentor. Every year, i do my best to teach them various methods of learning and studying. I give them examples from my own experience. I tell them when I study, it's an active, vibrant endeavor. I read, I take notes, I look things up, I ask questions--all while reading a book. But when most students try to sit down and read they fall asleep, they drift, they nod off--and after a few minutes they finally give up and claim the material's too hard or too boring or the professor is too old-fashioned. Sure, there may be other ways to engage the brain. But learning extended and focused concentration is still a great skill. And students are too often enabled in their distracted, unfocused approaches by well-meaning, but misguided instructors who are more concerned about getting good teaching evaluations than actually helping their students to genuinely learn.  ~ L Barrett

Look at all the problems in the world, do you think that educated people caused those problems? No. It was all the undereducated people that caused our problems. Even college graduates are undereducated. That's because we have not yet updated the curriculum to match all the knowledge, information and experiences that we have accumulated in the world today.

Rediscovering
We are actually rediscovering education, but this time there's a better understanding about the potential of knowledge, all because of the internet, and the internets inherent ability to give people access to an enormous amount of knowledge that's being generated by millions of people from all over the world, including the text from some the brightest minds throughout human history. We have more knowledge and information now then any other time in human history, and we also have more people accessing knowledge then any other time in human history, and we also have more people contributing knowledge then then any other time in human history. There is no other greater time then now to start learning. If you can predict a brighter future, then you know what to do to make that prediction come true. So in a sense we are following in the footsteps of the creator. Following the footsteps that line the road to knowledge. The same road the creator took that made us. It's like an endless cycle of creation. With each universe giving birth to the next.


Today’s Education is Dysfunctional and Fragmented with little Coherence, which includes all Public Schools, Private Schools, Montessori, Colleges and Universities. All these little improvements we see in schools are inadequate.   Fragmentation
We can talk all day about what we need to do to improve school education, but the bottom line is, if there are not enough qualified people who fully understand the improvements that we need, or how to implement these improvements, these improvements will be to little and to late. You have to define education as a whole. It's knowing What to Learn, When to Learn it, How to Learn it, and Why you need to Learn it? Education curriculum needs a complete overhaul. And that is what I’m working on at Basic Knowledge 101. Create the perfect education, create effective instructions and teaching methods, and create effective ways to test and confirm intelligence and skills.  

Purposes of Education
Educational Attainment
Achievement Gap in the United States

Some notes about the journey so far...

"If you never improve education you will never have enough educated people in the world that are needed to solve the worlds problems or handle the challenges that we're faced with. With out a strong and effective education, suffering, corruption, crime, avoidable deaths and decay will increase and continue till our own extinction." 

"We know that addictions kill people everyday. But what we don't know is that addictions come in many forms. Everyone is addicted to the Self, it is after all a beautiful feeling. But if we ignore our outer self, the self that gives us life and meaning, then our addiction to our self is going to kill us. So if you want to cure the self from addiction, you need to improve education."

We're not even surprised by our own ignorance anymore, which is not surprising, still.

We know education works, so what are we waiting for?   Knowledge is Freedom

You can't have advancements in technology without making advancements in education..we just can't have all these amazing advancements in computer software every year and not have hardy any incredible advancements in our own software. Human intelligence is being marginalized, which is costing us trillions. So that's another reason why improving education is so extremely important. If the education system followed Moore's Law, education would be very effective today. But sadly as it stands right now our Education System is just another form of Child Abuse.

Moore's Law and The Conundrum of Human Learning (PDF)
Seclusion Rooms
Keeping All Students Safe Act

The evidence of a good education is visible in many places, just by looking at our technological advances. But a good education does not exist for most people. We know how important education is but we are not improving education fast enough, or sharing it enough. In order for people to be prepared for the incredible challenges that we're currently faced with, we better make improving education #1 priority, if not..........

Most schools discourage learning more then they encourage learning, that's because people associate learning with schools, which they should, but, if school sucks that means kids mistakenly think that learning sucks. This is why there's so many ignorant people in the world and why we have so many problems. Schools make learning boring as shit and really discouraging, and you wonder why kids don't learn. When kids relate learning with being in school they fail to learn outside the school, where most of a persons learning is done, that is if you know where to look and know what to learn and when to learn it.
Then on top of that we have made a horrible mistake in creating a society that discourages the sharing of information and knowledge.

Boxed Curriculum and the Learning Genome (youtube)
Learning Targets Tagged Curriculum

"Yes your parents and your teachers may be stupid at times, so if you don't want to end up like them you better start educating yourself and learn what particular information and knowledge is important."

"Most people would agree that teachers are the most important people in the world, but in order to say that, you would also have to agree that teachers can also be the most dangerous people in the world. Trusting someone to educate your child is very risky, especially knowing that most people do not understand what education as a whole should be. In order for a student to trust someone else's intelligence, a teacher would have to prove that their teachings are the most honest, the most accurate and the most important knowledge for its time. And to understand that, you have just learned your first lesson as a student, there is always two sides to a coin, thus, there will always be one more question to ask....What's on the other side?"

"You can't Process information unless you have Information"
"Improving Education is the number one priority. All other priorities, problems and issues are directly related to fixing this number one priority. It's not just that people don't have enough information and knowledge, it's that some of the information and knowledge they do have is not being processed correctly, and this is why people make mistakes and make bad decisions".

Education Sayings and Education Quotes
Education Blog
Education News

"When going to elementary school in Danbury, Ct. you couldn't see much around the school. But when I got to Junior High School I could see the High School up on a hill from the Junior High School, now I could see my destiny, my future. But when I got to the high school I could now see the prison up on a hill. I would sit with my friends and laugh saying now that's our destiny? No way. But maybe the prison up on the hill was some kind of a sign or a symbol for another type of prison. Like Ignorance, because Ignorance is a prison. The lack of knowledge and skills drastically lowers the number of choices you have, just like a real prison does. So I ask myself, why are schools sending kids to prison? They're certainly not educating them enough, so what's the problem?"

"Ignorance is a prison, the only way out of that prison is to learn your way out."

"The only thing that can save us now is our ability to share information and knowledge effectively and efficiently."

Putting students first is an obvious choice of course. But the hard part is, as it has been for years, is actually putting our best ideas into practice. There seems to be a lot of talk but not enough action. We have an incredible amount of information and knowledge that can move us forward. And we have plenty of evidence that clearly shows us the numerous benefits that come from a good education. Look at our skyscrapers, look at our bridges, look at our boats, our planes, our spaceships, our computers, our networks. Highly skilled and educated people provide society with more potential and more options and more choices.

Education is not only the best investment that a country can make, it's also the most important investment a country can make. The only sure way to solve the problems in our world is to educate students on how to be problem solvers. Then and only then will our problems will be solved, and the quality of life improve for everyone. Education is directly related to the strength of a Nation. So the more people you can fully educate, the stronger your families will be, the stronger your communities will be, and the stronger your nation will be. Education is the only logical path to take. And I plan to stay on this path for the rest of my life,
as a teacher and as a student. A good education is costly, but a poor education costs more.  

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." (Benjamin Franklin)

We're not really helping education when we take a step backwards. But sometimes even a step backwards is still a step forward when you compare it to the level of knowledge that your average citizen has. But we don't want to waste a lot of time repeating the same things that we're already doing. We have an enormous amount of information and knowledge that can help us improve education, education that would increase every students knowledge and skill level, a level that would be far more superior then the standards we have now. So we need to focus more on the curriculum itself, because the curriculum is the vehicle that moves our best information and knowledge forward. So if your not updating the curriculum, then you end up just repeating yourself, which impedes learning. And this impeded learning is the source of all our problems. So if we improve education, and educate every student to be problem solvers, then all our problems will be solved.

"It's not the size of your education, it's what you do with the education you have. So it all comes down to choices. And if you don't know what the good choices are, your chances of making good choices are greatly diminished. You have to know what a good choice is in order to make one."

"it is easier to educate a child the right way the first time than it is to try to reeducate an adult who has been made dysfunctional from an ineffective education."

Please quite your mind for just a moment and listen to what I say..
Imagine people standing around in 1960 and looking up at the moon and saying, hey, lets fly up to the moon, land on the surface, and walk around for a little while, and then fly back. That's sounds really cool, lets do it. Now just imagine all the people, all the time and all the resources that went into making that trip to the moon even possible. Just imagine how smart you would have to be in order to design a spaceship that has thousands of perfectly engineered parts that are able to perform under one of the most extreme conditions know to man, this thing that we call space travel. But as more and more people are learning this specialized knowledge like science and engineering, more people can now explore space by making their own type of spacecraft, which is incredible. If knowledge and information can get you to the moon and back, just think about what knowledge and information can do for you in your everyday life? More Possibilities, More Abilities, More Freedom, More Happiness. This is why creating a complete education is so extremely important. Just imagine an Education that's full of the worlds most important information and knowledge. Just imagine having this knowledge and information by the age of 16. Starting in 2013, if we would fully educated just 20% of our children starting at birth, in 15 years you would have tens of thousands of the most highly educated people the world has ever seen. Creating an incredible workforce made up of highly skilled and highly intelligent people. People who are fully aware of the state of world and fully aware of the responsibilities that they are faced with. Humans greatest strength has always been our Brain. And the more educated brains that we have working together, the greater our strength will be. More Possibilities, More Abilities, More Freedom, More Happiness. What are you waiting for?

Great things don't happen over night, but if you never start, great things will never happen.
Keep Learning My Friends, a quote from the worlds most educated man, well not yet of course, but getting there.

It's time to open the gates of knowledge and let all who enter know that heaven on earth awaits them..

"Soon one day you will hear a Commencement Speech start off by saying.."College graduates, you are now the most educated people the world has ever seen, your intelligence far exceeds every generation before you, you are truly a gift to the world and our greatest chance for positive change."  Stewardship

Every parent wants their child to have access to the worlds best education, so lets provide it.

A better world is still in our reach. It isn't gone because you can't see it. Something doesn't exist just because you can't understand it. The future always comes. Some people see it, and others don't, and not because people can't see, they just don't know how to see correctly. We have very accurate ways of predicting the future, and we have been right and correct many times, just look at our skyscrapers, look at our tanker ships, look at our airplanes and jets. We know engineering works. But because our current education system, not everyone has access to the necessary information and knowledge that would give them the chance to learn how to use these amazing skills correctly. But just educating more engineers will not improve our world, the only thing guaranteed to improve our world is by improving education, and the evidence of what a better education can do is all around us. People with better education get paid more, people with better education also have more options and more skills then the average person. And engineers end up creating these amazing engineering feats like flying to the moon and back and building satellites, and building a space station where people could live in space. And it's amazing how so many people are not impressed by these facts. But I would not say impressed, I would say proud. Even though we have made some horrible mistakes, and are still making mistakes, I know that we can turn this around. Like I said, the proof of what a good education can do is every where. Lets engineer the perfect education and then distribute this complete education to everyone who wants to be educated. So that's like over 7 billion copies, but guess what, we print that many pages everyday. But this time we don't even need paper, because we can use the digital world to deliver education.

"All College's, Universities and schools should be free. They should earn their money on the return, meaning, if the student prospers then they get a small percentage of that benefit. So if the knowledge and information that a school teaches benefits people, then the will always be rewarded because the proof of the benefits will be clearly visible."


Your ability to Learn is the reason why you are alive, but just because you're alive doesn't mean that you're living, you could be struggling to stay alive, you could be suffering in many different ways, or you could be wasting your true potential on things that don't matter.


Knowing

There's something that would solve all your problems and improve your life. And it's something that you have been doing most of your life, it's called learning. But in order for learning to be effective, you have to learn the right things at the right time. Everything that you are, and everything that you'll ever be, is directly related to what you know. And your life is also directly effected by what other people know. So knowing is extremely important when it comes to improving the quality of life. But the process of knowing is not totally defined. So the goal of this education project is to define the process of knowing, and to define what would be the most valuable knowledge and information that is currently available. And then determine at which time this knowledge would be best learned. This way, anyone who completes this education, will have the highest degree of intelligence that is currently obtainable, as well as the potential, the abilities, and the skills to pursue any career, and to live any quality of life that they wish. Testing will only be used to assist each student in measuring their personal progress, and their personal performance, and also to determine the level of intelligence that they have reached at a particular time. There will be no grades, you either pass or you don't pass. If you pass, then you move on to the next level, if you don't pass, then you keep trying until you reached the next level. And if a person needs extra help or guidance, then the student must seek out and use the resources available. There is no time limits, so you can go as fast as you want, or go as slow as you want. Intelligence is not a race. Intelligence is a process. Some will take more time, and some will take less time, but everyone will eventually pass, whether you're gifted or not so gifted. Each person will eventually have a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them, and, be able live their life to the fullest potential possible. 

What do you Know?
I know
Knowledge

Living a Good Life is learning how to live a good life

The level of intelligence that a student reaches will be measured when the student has passed all the courses, similar to a Final Examination. But of course there is nothing final about intelligence. Testing will mostly be used to determine that the student has the understanding and the abilities to be intelligent. The true measure of intelligence only comes from a persons actions, and not from how well a person does on tests. So if testing has determined that a person has reached a higher level of intelligence then you, this does not mean that the person is smarter then you, because they still have to prove intelligence by their actions.

Education will be engaging because you will choose the style of learning that works best for you. You will also choose the time and place for learning that works best for you. You will also choose the speed of learning that works best for you.







Films

Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education (youtube)
TROM - 2.3 Educational system (youtube)   Trom Website
RSA Animate - Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms (youtube)
Emily Pilloton: Teaching Design for Change (video) 
Education Education - Why Poverty? China (youtube)
Diana Laufenberg: 3 ways to teach (video)
A Small Act   Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE)
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the Learning Revolution! (youtube)
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools Kill Creativity? (youtube)
Stupid in America by 20/20 on ABC (youtube)
This 2007 video explains some of the problems we have in our education system.
Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids (youtube)
(This shows you a good example of what a good education can accomplish)

Neil DeGrasse Tyson shows one way how under educating people can effect certain outcomes of an entire group of people. But just because some people are more educated then others, this does not say that the more educated people are educated enough, because 99.9% of the humans on earth are not educated enough, which has even more negative outcomes such as death, disease and pollution.

There are more films on this page about education, just look for links with youtube or video.

Higher Education?

Below is more information about the Seriousness of Education Reform.

Yes everyone knows that our education system is a horrible failure. If you are not aware of this then you are truly a victim of an incompetent education system.


Tracking

Tracking Education and grouping students is a failure. Detracking Classrooms just proves how Incompetent Schools are. I have witnessed Detracking Classrooms first hand when I was in Broadview Junior High School in 1973. I was accidentally or incompetently put in a lower performing class of students. What a freaking disturbing nightmare that was. Over paid baby sitters who were just preparing kids for the Dropout Factory. When I finally was moved to the correct higher level class I realized that it was just a little better because I was still learning nothing of value.

Tracking is separating pupils by academic ability into groups for all subjects or certain classes and curriculum within a school. It may be referred to as streaming or phasing in certain schools. In a tracking system, the entire school population is assigned to classes according to whether the students' overall achievement is above average, normal, or below average. Students attend academic classes only with students whose overall academic achievement is the same as their own.

Racial Segregation is the separation of humans into ethnic or racial groups in daily life. It may apply to activities such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a public toilet, attending school, going to the movies, riding on a bus, or in the rental or purchase of a home.

Discrimination

Under Matching is when well-qualified students, often from less affluent households, are not matched with competitive colleges. Undermatched students attend less-demanding colleges such as two-year colleges or don't attend college at all.

The End of Education is a book by Neil Postman about public education in America. The use of the word "end" in the title has two meanings: primarily, as a synonym for "purpose", but also as a prediction about the future of public schools if they do not successfully identify and communicate a convincing purpose for their existence within our culture.

"Today, wherever youngsters attend school, they hang up their coats, face the flag and express belief that they, along with the states, pledge to remain undivided. Soon after, however, the children divide into fast, average, and slow learning groups. Time widens the physical and educational distances which discriminate reading groups into social classes, learning tracks, and internally segregated schools. Young people become bonded to members of their reading group and alienate from those in other reading groups. Reticent to leave their supportive group to advance to another group of strange , and possibly hostile youngsters, many pupils remain socially , educationally, and linguistically segregated and unequal to others all their lives." ~Quoted by Robert and Lois Wolsch in the Book "Literacy Assured", page 4.

"Play-Doh fun factories, squeezing out supposedly educated human beings, marching them around from class to class — bells bonging, punishments escalating, homework being loaded on. Every day something like 16 million high-school students get up at the crack of dawn, slurp some oat clusters while barely conscious, hop on a bus, bounce around the county, show up and sit in a chair, zoned out, waiting for the first bell. If they’re late, they are written up. Even if they don’t do much academic work, they are physically present. Their attendance is a valuable commodity, because if students don’t attend, teachers and guidance counselors and principals and textbook makers and designers of educational software have no jobs. A huge lucrative industry is built around them, and the students get nothing out of it but a G.P.A. They deserve not to have their time wasted. Their lives are absurdly regimented. Teachers spend half their time shouting themselves hoarse, and young adults are infantilized."

My heart breaks when I see kids that have so much potential and abilities being subjected to this cruel and incompetent education system. An education system that has no idea what education should be. And on top of that people are putting way to much faith in college as a means to an end when college is just a continuation of this incompetent education system. Yes college does give you more education. So instead of being just a slave you are now a slave with benefits. The contented blindness of college students is a clear example of why education is defective....What are we doing?

"Soon the slaves will become the masters, but not ignorant masters of people, but the masters of life." There is this ignorant assumption that people actually think that kids will just figure stuff out on their own..Figure What Out? What Stuff are you talking about?

"Everything that we do in this world has an opportunity to teach and learn something, don't waste the opportunity."
A lot of things that we learn are by chance, randomly and spontaneously. But you have to be aware in order to learn.

To judge education success by reading and math scores is not just inadequate but incredibly moronic. Reading and math is just 10% of the actual education that every human needs. It’s like a car manufacturer selling you a car without an engine or a gas tank and telling you “Hey at least the car still rolls”. No engine to power it and no tank to add fuel. That’s not education, that’s a scam.

When someone asks "What's wrong with education?" They have already answered the question and given a good example at the same time.

"The Education Revolution has begun, the war on ignorance must be won" 

Our teachers are on the frontline in this war, teachers are our most important soldiers, but if teachers do not become part of the solution they will then be part of the problem.

What is the The Perfect Education?

Emile, or On Education (wiki)

Our educational standards are incredibly inadequate and are an injustice to our children's future. Since most people, parents and teachers, are unaware of what academic studies that we need to expand on, and how they should be formulated for each age group, then it is safe to say that we will all learn this together. Everyone needs life skills and an education that provides the necessary knowledge that we use in everyday life. The best way to improve our world is to improve our pedagogic practices. The rapidly evolving information landscape means that education methods and practices must evolve and adapt accordingly. The more teaching methods, teaching styles and teaching techniques that a teacher is familiar with and understands, the more valuable that teacher will be it the classroom. And it’s not just knowing about the many ways of teaching but more importantly showing students the many ways of learning. “An educated person is someone who knows how to learn and continually learns”.

Education Blog

What's the point of having standards for a dysfunctional and inadequate education? That's like having standards for child abuse. It's wrong to begin with. It's like someone with serious brain damage trying to perform surgery on your brain. How can you ever create good teachers using the same information and knowledge that creates ignorance? First you have to define what is the best information and knowledge that is needed and then teach it. Standards should only be comprised of methods, styles and guidelines.

To judge education success by reading and math scores is not just inadequate but incredibly moronic. Reading and math is just 10% of the actual education that ever human needs. It’s like a car manufacturer selling you a car without an engine or a gas tank and telling you “Hey at least the car still rolls”. No engine to power it and no tank to add fuel. That’s not education, that’s a scam.

Lunatics are Running the Asylum

Just because your school has closed or your teachers are incompetent does not mean that your chances of a good education are gone. It just means that you were looking in the wrong place. 80% of your education is here on the Internet. Even if you go to a good school or have a so-called “good teacher”, 80% of your education is still here on the Internet.
Basic Knowledge 101

We spend billions of dollars on education and a lot of that money is being wasted, but waste does not mean cuts,
it means that there has to be improvements.  

"Education cost money, but ignorance costs more."
774 million people in the world are illiterate and two thirds are women.
Low health literacy cost the U.S. 238 billion per year.
About 30 million people, 14 percent of the US population 16 and older, have trouble with basic reading and writing.
18 million adults don’t read well enough to earn a living wage.
63% of prison inmates can’t read.

Our defective education system as it stands is creating children with learning disabilities, but still it's better then nothing because luckily some students do make it through and achieve on their own. And now to make this situation even worse some leaders are cutting education budgets. This is like seeing people starving to death and then deciding to produce less food. 36,000 teachers could lose their jobs in California, 20,000 in Illinois, 16,600 in New York. And not only cutting teachers, but cutting programs, cutting school hours, enlarging classes, closing schools and all to save money. Ignorant people making ignorant choices, another reason why education improvements are extremely important. The same leaders who failed to make the necessary educational improvements are now just cutting services that they promised to protect.

Ignorant people make horrible leaders. "Improving education will improve our next generation of leaders which in turn will improve our world"  

The War on Ignorance
Stop Education Cuts
Say No To Cuts

Reading & Literacy Books & Websites
Curriculum Strategies & Ideas

Too much School work is another reason why education needs a complete overhaul. Learning isn't stressful, what's stressful is a dysfunctional, fragmented and incoherent education system that overloads kids with schoolwork, which is abusive and ignorant because it doesn't even produce intelligent people, it only produces mindless slaves who don't even have enough knowledge and information to correctly analyze themselves or the world around them, thus it ends up causing more problems then it solves. So the parents and the kids are just victims. They believe that taking on more school work or taking advanced placement courses will improve their lives, but all it does is lead them into a hole and that traps them in debt, emotionally and literally. You have to take a strong look at what you're learning and why you're learning it? What kind of human do you want to be and how will you benefit the world? Students don't have time to waste learning things of little value or things they will not use enough that justifies the time and effort given. You have to have balance in your life between learning and living. You don't want to spend all your time learning if all you end up doing is spend all your time working, especially if the work you do does not benefit society. If you don't experience life you will have no life.  

All text books should be available for digital download for Laptops or Netbooks with flash drives, so that every student can study when ever they can. Plus they don't have to worry about carrying all those books. Plus digital textbooks can be updated easily so learning can keep pace with progress.

The beginning of the next school year in August 2010, math and science students in Ca. high schools will have access to online texts that have passed an academic standards review.  Education News

I love the One Laptop Per Child and the Class Mate PC program but I want to take it to the next level with another Laptop Idea for the advanced student or as a teaching tool for an educator.



What is the True Purpose of Education?


Academic Imperative

What is The Perfect Education?

Public education, contemporary education or formal education, with its traditional curriculum should provide you enough information to get you a job, but that's pretty much it, and that's if you're lucky. Though Career Education and work skills are essential, we know that there is much more to life then just our work. Our National Academic Standards desperately needs to be reevaluated. What you teach, How you teach it, When you teach it, Where you teach it, and Why you teach it, all these questions need intelligent answers. The Learning Objective needs to be defined and understood if you want teaching to be effective.

Learning Objectives are statements that define the expected goal of a curriculum, course, lesson or activity interms of demonstrable skills or knowledge that will be acquired by a student as a result of instruction. Also known as : Instructional objectives, learning outcomes, learning goals. The definition of learning objectives is (or should be) the foundation of any instructional design.

Educational Aims and Objectives relates to gaining an ability, a skill, some knowledge, a new attitude etc..

Intended Learning Outcomes (MIT) - Knowledge Visualization

Learning Standards are elements of declarative, procedural, schematic, and strategic knowledge that, as a body, define the specific content of an educational program. Standards are usually composed of statements that express what a student knows, can do, or is capable of performing at a certain point in their learning progression (often designated by "grade" or its equivalent).

Online Learning or Classroom Learning? (Pros and Cons)

"Education that Works" -  "Real World Training" - "The Best Defense is Common Sense" - Education Quotes

These are the current Goals of Basic Knowledge 101: The Purpose is to Prepare people for the challenges of life. Give people enough skills, knowledge and information to pursue any career, any job, or any dream, or any form of Higher Education such as an Academic Degree, Academic Major, Master Degree or Doctor of Philosophy. As you're teaching students to be proficient Readers, Writers and Communicators, you also teach students to have a good understanding of the skills and techniques that are needed for learning, so that students become Self Directed Learners who are Proficient in Problem Solving and Very Skillful in Analyzing Information. Educate students to have a good understanding of the processing abilities of the Human Brain. Educate students so that they have a good understanding of the worlds Accumulated Knowledge. Educate students to have a good understanding of Awareness. Educate students so that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to create an Effective Self-Awareness. Conscious of oneself, and Conscious of ones surroundings. And not only what is Perceived by you, but also what is perceived by others. Educate students so that they have the necessary Skills and Knowledge to create Effective Processes, Executive Functions and Techniques for Reasoning and Analyzing Information that is acquired from all the Human Senses. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, for Learning is a Continuum, and the benefits are limitless.

Simultaneous Subject Teaching - Stages of Learning

Life-wide Learning involves real contexts and authentic settings. Visualizing learning and personal development as a whole of life enterprise.

Critical Pedagogy combines education with critical theory. - Learning by Doing (PDF)

"Changing the existing system from one focused on inputs to one focused on outputs"

What is 21st Century Education?
21st Century Skills Standards (PDF)
Skills Framework
Skills 21

21st Century Knowledge (BK101) - Save People Time and Maximize their Potential.

Foundation Skills (PDF)

Worker Qualities

Purpose - Utility

Education needs to go way beyond the Lessons of Life, or Soft Skills, or Informal Learning, or Compulsory Schooling, or Native Intelligence, or General Studies, or General Educational Development, or a Minor Academic or Exploratory Studies, or Tertiary Education, or University Preparatory, or Higher Education, or College, or Polymath or Remedial Education. So being Truant in your education needs will definitely have negative effects. Information and knowledge is our best defense. And knowing how to use that information and knowledge correctly would be our best offence.
Intelligence

When you learn the right things at the right time you will see more possibilities and you will have more potential. By the time a student enters high school they should not only be ready for college, they should also be ready to teach college. A student should not only learn how to save time, but they should also learn how to make Time.
Baccalaureate Program (PDF)   IBO

Distributing Laptops Filled with Educational Material

The purpose of education should be about teaching kids how to be Logical and Sensible. To be knowledgeable and have the ability to read, write and communicate effectively. To be able to count so that they can calculate and predict the future outcomes. To be aware of themselves. To be aware of other people. To be aware of their world and their environment. To be Healthy and Strong. To be unafraid, but still cautious and careful. To be Honest and Morally Sound. To be compassionate and Understanding and to help people in need. To stand up for what is right and be able to defend themselves when needed. To question things for there validity and reasoning. To never seek revenge but to seek justice and reform. To be patient and to have self-control. To be emotionally stable, happy and grateful. To have a good sense of humor. To be creative and open minded. To be adventurous and inspired. And most importantly to be good at solving problems. Because our world has created a lot of problems that desperately need solving. And if we don't educate our children to be problem solvers then thousands of people will continue to suffer and die everyday from things that can be avoided, and this will continue for as long as our species survives.

Revolution in Education in the 21st century, the curriculum is no longer the most important aspect of school. It is the experience of learning that teaches the portable skills that students need to be successful in this rapidly changing world. It is a positive learning experience that results in students graduating and becoming life-long learners; not just learners who can retain
content information long enough to take the next test. A deeper learning experience creates self-esteem, empathy, confidence essential qualities for personal success in the job industry, with in relationships and strengthening family bonds. Students are an untapped resource that can change the world. Traditional education positions students as not yet ready to be contributing members of society; however, a change in that paradigm could unleash unimaginable talent to solve the world’s problems.


I Pledge Allegiance to Learning, for Knowledge is the greatest gift and our greatest strength.

First: You need to know how to Read, you need to Fully Comprehend what you are reading, and you have to know what to read, as well as, know what not to read? You need to know how to Listen Carefully. You need to know how to Communicate Effectively. This includes having a very strong Vocabulary and a full understanding of Language.

Second: You have know how to be a Self-Directed Learner and be good at Analyzing all types of Information. You have to know when it's necessary to seek out more information, and know when to ask for helpKnowing Good Sources to find Answers

Third: You have to be good at Problem Solving. You have to be good at planning and decision making. You have to know sufficient Math, and know when to use it. You have to be able to calculate important factors in problem solving. Competence

Fourth: You have to understand Science and how it's used to explain things in our world and how we use science to predict future outcomes so that we can make better decisions and react accordingly to the Laws of Nature.

Fifth: You have to have a good understanding of the Human Body. Understand both Mental and Physical capabilities, understand your needs, as well as your vulnerabilities.

Sixth: You have to understand Relationships by being Self Smart, as well as, being People Smart.

Seventh: You have to be good at Making Tools. You also need to be effective and efficient when using tools no matter what tools you are using, like Technology Tools, Basic Tools or Heavy Equipment.

Eighth: You have to understand Creativity and how we use creativity to express our own personal perceptions, so that we can learn from each others experiences and inspire new ideas.

Ninth: You have to understand the Environment. You should know how to build a Shelter, both a temporary shelter and a permanent shelter. You have to know how to Grow Food and find Clean Water. You have to know how to Create Energy and use energy efficiently. And all these skills have to be sustainable and safe so that you don't harm yourself or the environment that sustains your life and other life forms around you.

Tenth: You have to learn how important it is to Keep Learning. You have to keep updating what you know about yourself and the world around you. This way you will be better prepared for a world that goes through many changes with many challenges.


National Curriculum England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Principal aims and purposes
There are two principal aims and four main purposes set out in the National Curriculum documentation:

Aim 1: The school curriculum should aim to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve.
The school curriculum should develop enjoyment of, and commitment to, learning as a means of encouraging and stimulating the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all pupils. It should build on pupils' strengths, interests and experiences and develop their confidence in their capacity to learn and work independently and collaboratively. It should equip them with the essential learning skills of literacy, numeracy, and information and communication technology, and promote an enquiring mind and capacity to think rationally. The school curriculum should contribute to the development of pupils' sense of identity through
knowledge and understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural heritages of Britain's diverse society and of the local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions of their lives. It should encourage pupils to appreciate human aspirations and achievements in aesthetic, scientific, technological and social fields, and prompt a personal response to a range of experiences and ideas. By providing rich and varied contexts for pupils to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills, the curriculum should enable pupils to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better. It should give them the opportunity to become creative, innovative, enterprising and capable of leadership to equip them for their future lives as workers and citizens. It should also develop their physical skills and encourage them to recognise the importance of pursuing a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves and others safe.

Aim 2: The school curriculum will aim to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. The school curriculum should promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, in particular, develop principles for distinguishing between right and wrong. It should develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of their own and different beliefs and cultures, and how these influence individuals and societies. The school curriculum should pass on enduring values, develop pupils' integrity and autonomy and help them to be responsible and caring citizens capable of contributing to the development of a just society. It should promote equal opportunities and enable pupils to challenge discrimination and stereotyping. It should develop their awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the environments in which they live, and secure their commitment to sustainable development at a personal, local, national and global level. It should also equip pupils as consumers to make informed judgements and independent decisions
and to understand their responsibilities and rights. The school curriculum should promote pupils' self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and help them to form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships, based on respect for themselves and for
others, at home, school, work and in the community. It should develop their ability to relate to others and work for the common good. It should enable pupils to respond positively to opportunities, challenges and responsibilities, to manage risk and to cope with change and adversity. It should prepare pupils for the next steps in their education, training and employment and equip them to make informed choices at school and throughout their lives, enabling them to appreciate the relevance of their achievements to life and society outside school, including leisure, community engagement and employment.

Purpose 1: To establish an entitlement.
Purpose 2: To establish standards.
Purpose 3: To promote continuity and coherence.
Purpose 4: To promote public understanding.


Polymath is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.

Multipotentiality is the ability of a person to excel in two or more different fields.

Renaissance Humanism is citizenry able to speak and write with eloquence and clarity and thus capable of engaging in the civic life of their communities and persuading others to virtuous and prudent actions.

Tertiary Education is the educational level following the completion of a school providing a secondary education. Includes universities as well as institutions that teach specific capacities of higher learning such as colleges, technical training institutes, community colleges, nursing schools, research laboratories, centers of excellence, and distance learning centers. Higher education is taken to include undergraduate and postgraduate education, while vocational education and training beyond secondary education is known as further education in the United Kingdom, or continuing education in the United States.

Higher Education is an optional final stage of formal learning that occurs after secondary education. But Higher Education is not the final stage, the fact is there is no final stage of learning.

Collective Wisdom
Intelligence

1) Provide every student with the most valuable knowledge and information that the world has to offer.
2) Show every student the most effective and efficient ways to learn new skills, and how to acquire more knowledge and more information.
3) Show every student the most effective and efficient ways on how to use knowledge and information.
4) Get out of the way, because students have a lot of problems they need to solve.

So you are either working with students to solve problems, or, you're making sure that you're not impeding their learning and their progress in any way. And if you have knowledge and information that you know will benefit students, then please, feel free to share your knowledge and information, students will greatly appreciated all the help and support they receive. 

The Current Curriculum that will teach all the above and a lot more (all these subjects are taught together as well as sequentially)

"The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives."  (Robert Maynard Hutchins)

"We need to prepare our young adults to be positive contributors to society, as well as active members of society."


What Knowledge Is of Most Worth? Defining Valuable Knowledge for the Future

In July 1859, the British philosopher Herbert Spencer published an essay titled "What Knowledge Is of Most Worth?" in the Westminster Review. In this essay, Spencer set out to "determine the relative value of knowledge" so as to determine "the great thing which education has to teach" (1911). We are in the midst of another revolution that at least rivals the Industrial Revolution. This revolution, as already discussed, is significantly changing our society and thus the value of knowledge and talents. We must then ask the same question: What should schools teach in order to prepare our children for the global and digital economy?

Core Subjects
English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics) and 21st Century Themes (global awareness; financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; health literacy)

Learning and Innovation Skills (creativity and innovation skills, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, communication and collaboration skills)

Information, Media, and Technology Skills (information literacy, media literacy, ICT [information and communication technology] literacy)

Life and Career Skills (flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, social and cross-cultural skills, productivity and accountability, leadership and responsibility)

Digital-Age Literacy (basic scientific, economic, and technological literacies; visual and information literacies; multicultural literacy and global awareness)

Inventive Thinking (adaptability/managing complexity; self-direction, curiosity, creativity, and risk taking; higher-order thinking and sound reasoning)

Effective Communication (teaming, collaboration, and interpersonal skills; personal, social, and civic responsibility; interactive communication)

High Productivity & Quality, State-of-the-Art Results (ability to prioritize, plan, and manage for results; effective use of real-world tools; the ability to create relevant, high-quality products) (Lemke et al., 2003, p. 9)

The Eight Key Competences are the following:
Communication in the mother tongue.
Communication in foreign languages.
Mathematical competence and basic competences in science and technology.
Digital competence.
Learning to learn.
Social and civic competences.
Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.
Cultural awareness and expression.

Quality Education
Quality Education and the Key Role of Teachers (PDF)
Quality Education (PDF)
Quality in Education (PDF)
Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings (PDF)

We need to give kids the facts, the necessary skills, and give them our most valuable information and knowledge that they need, and then get out of the way so they can fix the problems that we created. If we don't do this kids will just end up being part of the problem just like so many others. Kids are intelligent, if you give them the right tools they can fix anything. As soon as kids understand and figure out what work needs to be done, they will do it gladly. Because it will not just benefit themselves but it will also benefit future generations as well. They will create their own jobs, jobs that make a difference.

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living. If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, "brethren!" Be careful, teachers!  MLK

The most important thing about teaching is saving the students time from having to make the same mistakes as earlier generations have made, or from wasting time by not learning the right things at the right time. You want the students to be more intelligent then pervious generations. Since all life forms advance and evolve from learning, that means that humans can also advance and evolve from learning, as we have, but not at the rate or the quality that we have come to know. Teaching should be more like "Here's what we have learned so far and here are the mistakes that we have made." We must do everything in our power to prepare our young for life.

People shouldn't have to live entire life in order to learn from a lifetime of mistakes, especially when they can easily learn about these mistakes in school when they're young, where a lifetime of mistakes turns into a lifetime of opportunities.

Most people don't fully understand that they have incredible abilities. They have the potential to accomplish almost anything they put their mind to, and all we need to do is teach people how to learn more about their abilities and how to use them effectively.

"We are aware of human potential and the powers of the human brain. Inadequate education is not the fault of the teachers but the fault of the curriculum. Excellent curriculum creates excellent teachers, which in turn creates excellent students."

We want to educate children so they don't grow up to make the same mistakes that we're making now...so there's your problem, you can't teach children how to avoid mistakes that you're making until you realize that you're making mistakes, and when you correctly define these mistakes, you then have to solve the problem that will keep you from repeating these mistakes, and the show and explain to everyone how you did it...And that's how a lesson is born.  
Classroom Management

Though humans have been on earth for thousands of years, we are just beginning to understand. And just in the last 100 years we have learned more then we have learned in the past 10,000 years. So all children should be taught that we as a species are just beginning to be aware of how many problems we have created. And that they have the power to create a better world, that's if we start to educate all children fully and completely...

"The purpose of education is to make ignorance nearly impossible so that our mistakes will be so few, that even if we do make some mistakes, we will simply see our mistakes as just a freak accident, a temporary glitch or a simple error in judgment. So we end up either laughing at our stupid actions, or we just end up solving this problem and learning from it. Pure Logic."


Purposes of Education Continued.....

The true aim of education should be more about Implanting a Will and Facility for Learning, to develop Independent Learners,
to instill Logic and the Processes of Reasoning.

The True Purpose of Education: 
To Teach Students to become Free Thinkers, Expert Analyzers of Information and how to possess excellent Perceptual Skills.
To Teach Students how to formulate ideas and information into logical answers.
To Teach Students how to learn from History and how to learn from mistakes and bad decisions.
Learning from our good and bad experiences so that we can make better choices and better decisions.
To Teach Students how to see the future and understand the importance of being prepared and the importance of
Intelligent Planning and the awareness that science has given us.  What it means to be Successful?
To Teach Students how to use machines effectively and responsibly as well as teaching students how to survive
without Machines and still retain the necessary knowledge and skills to live. 
To Teach Students to be analytical thinkers who are not constrained and who are instead encouraged to explore and
to be creative.  Alternative Education    Learning Methods and Styles
To Teach Students how to Understand Themselves, to be aware of their potential, to be aware of their abilities and
at the same time to be aware of their vulnerabilities.
To Teach Students to have a clear understanding of logic and why common sense is so important.
To Teach Students to be conscious, How to Focus, to live with purpose, to have pride and to never stop learning.
Indigenous Education
Develop reasoning about perennial questions, Master the Methods of Scientific Inquiry, cultivate the intellect, create positive change agents, develop spirituality, and model a democratic society.  Basic Knowledge 101

We have to teach students how to develop Study Skills. How to develop conceptual thinking, abstract conceptualizing, and analytical reasoning. How to Develop the ability to approach problems and situations logically instead of reacting to problems and situations illogically. How to develop mental-thinking-cognitive skills. How to develop the ability to seek solutions to problems instead of just complaining about problems. How to develop intellectual curiosity. How to seek truth, to effect change. How to gain moral and character development. How to attain intellectual, physical and spiritual or emotional progress. How to empower people to seek a more just world. How to develop the ability to observe and analyze situations, compare results, anticipate consequences, and make decisions based upon firm commitment to goals, ideals and ethics. How to develop processes for selecting the best and rejecting the worst elements contained in the various value systems. How to provide students with the intellectual resources that enable them to make informed and responsible judgments about difficult matters of moral importance. How to create thinkers who are positive influences on society instead of creating unconscious materialistic consumers who are unaware of their true impact and unaware of their true potential.

All students should ask their teachers what they think is the true purpose education so that all definitions can be examined for validity.

Before you start learning something new, ask these questions…Why are you learning this? How will this knowledge be used? When will this knowledge be most likely used? How will this knowledge be stored in your psyche?

It is the responsibility of the teacher to inform students the objective of the lesson.

We have to teach more then the traditional disciplines such as literature, history, science and mathematics. We need more Purpose-Guided Education, Inquiry-Based Learning, Contemplative Education and provide Learning Contracts and Personalized Student Learning Plans while at the same time avoiding curriculum overload. The process approach to education is requiring new forms of student assessment. Students demonstrate their skills, assess their own learning, and evaluate the processes by which this learning has been achieved by preparing portfolios, learning and research logs, and using procedures.

American University
VanDamme Academy


"Schools are not preparing kids. So schools will be responsible for all the mistakes that students make and all the inactions they will fail to take, so basically most every school has blood on their hands."

"On this Learning Adventure I'm not saying follow me, I'm saying Observe and Learn as Much as you Can, so that I may follow you"

This video shows just how ignorant some Administrators and Unions can be. Vouchers   would be a great idea. We should also abolish union rules that protect unqualified, ineffective and corrupt teachers and administrators. We need to improve ineffective schools by firing unqualified, ineffective administrators and teachers that fail to educate students. There are schools and teachers who are producing better education results with less money then the schools who are receiving a lot more money then they deserve So this is not just about money it's more about quality and effectiveness. Another film to see is Waiting for Superman which also shows how horrible our education system is.

American Idiot – Green Day (2004, youtube)

Lunch Scholars (youtube) Shows how uneducated some kids are...Disturbing!

I would never say that a Diploma or a Degree is worthless. I would say that some knowledge is worth more then other knowledge. So choosing the right knowledge at the right time is critical. If choosing to learn a specialized skill you should understand that you will be investing a lot of time. And it just can't be about the Money, so what is your True Purpose?
Do you have What it Takes? Everyone needs Skills. Everyone needs Knowledge and Information. But not everyone needs the same specialized skills or the same specialized knowledge. Teamwork  And it's not just about what you want, but also, what the world needs. Do your Home Work.

Social Problems

Teachers unions are criminals. The only thing they should be negotiating is what’s best for children’s education, period. You shouldn't haggle with children's future. What are you trying to say to kids, that when you grow up you become a selfish greedy scumbag? You’re wrong on so many levels that it’s totally disgusting, disgraceful and pitiful. Your ignorance is so ignorant that you don’t even know how ignorant you are. Your leader acts like she's a Sociopath and at the same time she’s making teachers look like a bunch of Mental Cases. I’m all for workers rights, I will even fight for workers rights, but not at the expense of children. You cannot justify treating children this way. Education is the most important thing we have. I'm sorry for these horrible and demeaning words. Being cruel and name calling is not me. It's embarrassing and childish. But I'm really disappointed in adults who claim they care about students. A poor education does so much damage in so many ways, you cannot put a price tag on life. And I know that teachers unions are not the only ones to blame. There's problems with all areas of society and Government when it comes to this issue. But the teachers union has the power to make a big difference. Please don't be greedy and please don't make unfair demands. American needs you to do what's right. Please do the right thing. Be the hero. Be a great example. Be the change that we desperately need.

I'm not being critical of teachers, just critical of the teaching process.

You can't blame the teachers, that's like blaming the soldier for killing, which makes no sense. Of course we need people to follow orders, but more importantly we also need people to question why? We need to follow orders, but not blindly follow the same orders over and over, especially when you know the outcome is bad and not beneficial. That is to close to being like a suicide bomber, from the outside it looks like murder, because it is, but from the inside, reality has been warped and manipulated, this is what we need to stop. We need to start improving education and our media outlets so that every student and citizen is fully informed about their lives and the choices they have. I see a fantastic future, but I also see a long transition. But humans are amazing, so I know eventually humans will overcome their struggles, and rid the world of costly mistakes, and create a world full of hope and prosperity. I know that improving education will take a lot of work, but luckily it's the kind of work that I love doing, so I am content in knowing that I will spend the rest of my life working on ways to improve education, and ways to improve the quality of life for everyone on the planet, Just like millions have done before me, and just like the quadrillions of people that will live after me. This is human nature, to live in harmony, to live in peace, to live.

12 years of school is enough time to include a college education. If not then you are failing and definitely not teaching correctly or effectively. The first 16 years of every Child's life are the most critical and the most important years in their education. By the time a child is 5 years old they should have enough education to be prepare for the next level of education. If a child starts school at the age of 5, that's 6 hours a day, 5 days a week with 2 months off in the summer till the age of 16.
Teachers of course will not have 2 months off for they will still be in school learning to perfect teaching methods and teaching strategies along with every administrator and politician who will finally have to earn their money. And just because kids will have summers and weekends off does not mean they will not be educating themselves. For that will be one of the things they will learn in school. Homework will not be about making up time for teaching failures it will be about children finally learning how important it is to educate themselves instead of expecting someone else to do it for them. Lets do the Math, 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, 40 weeks a year, for 12 years = 14,400 hours. If you can't graduate students with a college education in 14,400 hours of school then you are not just a failure but you are completely blind and incompetent. And this is not just about the teachers but more about the administrators and politicians who force teachers to be morons. Teachers have to work together as a team and know exactly what the other teacher is doing. One good hour or having only one good teacher in a school will not be productive. I apologize again for the name calling. I'm not trying to be mean or disrespectful. I'm just trying to get your attention.

Even though these films below fall way short of actually addressing the real problems with education they are still extremely important in informing people that there are very serious problems with the way we educated children.

The Foundation for Education Choice


Incentive

Incentives can help us simplify a decision, but we still have to explain the causes and effects, and the reasons. Sometimes incentives are good for people who don't have the ability to Motivate Themselves. And sometimes incentives are good for people who lack knowledge, so they can depend on other people to tell them what to do. And sometimes people don't need any incentives at all, some people just need the reasons why, and if the reasons why are good reasons, then that's incentive enough to do it. There are many reasons why we do things. So incentives need to be explained in more detail. We must not confuse incentives for reasons. Incentives can never be just about the money, because we know that money is not an accurate measurement of value, or reality. People shouldn't depend on money for motivation. Many people do things without the motivation of money, and they are usually the happiest people, and the most correct. Some people do things because they enjoy doing them. Some people do things for love. Some people do things for the benefit of others. Some people do things because there are many benefits, so the work they do is valuable. Some people do things because they want to make other people smile. Some people do things because it will benefit their health. Some people do things because they have calculated and measured their actions, and they have figured that these particular actions will produce the most favorable outcome that is currently obtainable, so the results speak for themselves, and there's the incentive. Incentives should always be about increasing the chances of future prosperity, both near future, and far into the future. 

Rational Motive
Jobs

We don't need no Stinking Badges
"Incentives! We don't need no stinking Incentives, we just need the reasons, all the reasons. And don't leave anything important out either. We need all the facts."

I'm not saying that I wouldn't except Incentives for good teachers and good schools, but....Rewarding good teachers or good schools is simply ignorant. If you want to improve education you should use the money to improve education curriculum so that it would create greater quality teachers. Incentives are ignorant and very insulting. You just can't throw money at problems. If you are a good teacher then you don't need incentives or rewards. It's like giving people money for not smoking instead of using the money to teach people about the dangers of smoking. You don't use money to reward people for not being morons you use money to stop people from becoming morons. Just remember that if you are only teaching 10% of what is needed in education then you should be fully aware of what you are paying for. Having better test results from an inadequate and an incompetent education is still a failure. Paying more does not necessarily mean that you are actually getting more. Giving people incentives to be better at teaching ignorance will only create more ignorant people.  

Not to say Incentivizing is Bad

TROM - 2.4 Work (youtube)

The Equity Project

TEP Charter 

The Teacher Salary Project

Using Money to Measure Value

“Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.” (Bob Talbert)

"Great teachers don't matter if they're not teaching the necessary information and knowledge that helps create intelligent students. And besides, you will never have enough great teachers in the first place if you never have an effective curriculum that creates great teachers, or intelligent people."

End Teacher Abuse
Teacher Abuse  

"A bad education is like a stray bullet, everyone becomes a possible victim."

Incentives should not be about money, incentives should be about increased potential and abilities. Money is corrupted, so to use money as an incentive for teaching is to say that you are ignorant and that all you are teaching is more ignorance .

If healthy food was the least expensive food in the store then poor people would buy more of this healthy food and thus become healthier. But it's the opposite, unhealthy food is cheaper in the stores, thus poor people have more health problems because of it, and end up paying more in the end by way of increased health costs, lost productivity and lost potential. So if you are going to use money as an incentive you better do it the right way, or you will end up causing more harm then good. But this of course is not saying that having money is better because we all know that money does not equal intelligence. Because a lot of people with money buy bad foods that end up destroying their health so gradually that they never expect poor health until it's too late. Paying people to do the right thing is not as effective as teaching people what the right thing is, and why the right thing is so important. Because people who have money are just as ignorant as the people who don't have money. You want to use money to make people more intelligent, you don't want to use money to make people more dependent or more ignorant.

Books about Education Reform
Books on Improving Teaching
Information Sources
Online Education Websites
Teaching Resources
Law and Education
Reading - Literacy
E-Books - Text Books


"If you never improve education quality and quantity you will never improve."

"The Nation that becomes the most educated nation, by BK101 education standards, will be the most powerful nation on earth. But not the kind of power that seeks control, or the power that seeks to conquer, it will be the power of potential, the power of freedom, and the power to live a more happier and more prosperous life. True Power"

"What good is knowledge or wisdom if you never use it?   What good is knowledge or wisdom if you never share it?"

Just because I had a bad experience in schools does not mean that I condemn the whole process of teaching. I am just one experience with one opinion. And I have always encourage people to get several opinions. Other people have had different experiences with schools, and some people have had very similar experiences to mine."

When they ask for the research that proves that BK101 Education is a higher quality education, I just say this, the research for your education the way it is now says this, your education is so inadequate that things are extremely bad for 100's of millions of people. Murder, crime, corruption, suffering, destruction, homelessness, starvation, your education is in a sense some kind of a poison, and BK101 is the antidote, if not, it will surly be one of the greatest placebos that you have ever seen. The bottom line is, people want to learn, and if your not helping, you're hurting, so you either get out of the way, or help us teach this world into a better future for everyone. You can't stop people from knowing, God wants us to know, that is why God gave us a brain, use it or lose it. So, Put up or shut up. Show your proof, show your justification. The evidence that a high quality education is very beneficial is all around us, so it's not like we have no evidence. And we know what a poor education does, so let's get moving!

Panacea is a solution for all problems. Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases.

I can teach how to use a hammer. But just knowing how to use a hammer will not help you understand yourself or the world around you. You just can't give people hammers, as everyone can clearly see today. Some hammers are used to build while
other hammers are used to kill. We obviously understand the importance of education, but know one fully understands what education should be, or how effective it should be.

Going to school may be better then nothing, but the research says maybe not.

When someone asks "How do you know?" I answer, "How can I not Know?" I don't know everything, but that's the plan, which is to know everything. The goal is intelligence, and when problems happen, we solve them. We should always have goals and we should always make plans, but we should have goals and plans that we can share together, I like these 5...
To Know Everything, To Become Intelligent, To Solve Every Problem, To Live Well, To Love.

BK101 is not making outrageous claims like other schools, we have the enough knowledge and information that proves that we can develop every student to be intelligent, and those intelligent people will help reconfirm what human intelligence is, and what human intelligence is not. Like a type of positive feed back loop, the person continually learns throughout their life.

If a school makes a claim that they are preparing your child for life, they are lying. Ask them, where in the curriculum does this knowledge exist? And, how is the understanding of this knowledge measured? Because being prepared for life is not a process that is clearly defined, so there is no proof? So, Put up or shut up. Schools mostly make this false claim to take your money.
And if a school claims that your child will do better on standardized tests, then they are selling you more snake oil. Standardized tests are an insult to intelligence. Standardized tests mostly measure conformity, and not intelligence.

Schools like to show famous people who graduated from their school, but none of those famous people are hero's. The true impact that famous people had on life is not measured by pros and cons, and it is not measured by all the cause and effects that came from their life. Their life is mostly a measurement of popularity or money, two things that have no value on their own, and to compare yourself to things that are not valuable, does not make you more valuable. Did those particular famous people create a positive difference in life and really improve life in the way that they claim? How much learning did these famous people do outside of their school? Because no one school teaches everything a student needs to learn. And on top of that, no famous person, or anyone, makes it on their own. So a famous person is the combination of several people, like parents, friends, teachers, and even all the people they have come in contact with. and everyone one else who wrote in a book that they read, or has been in a movie that they have seen. The majority of knowledge a person has, comes from other people, we create very little knowledge on our own. But that very little knowledge quickly adds up when we combine it with the entire history of human knowledge .

Schools have to stop lying to people, and to themselves. We have to start acting like responsible adults. If we really want to prepared our children for life, then lets do it, and not pretend to do it. Under educating students hurts everyone, and everything. And that proof can be seen everywhere on this planet. Ignorance has infected almost every inch of this earth. We can no longer afford to stay on this path.

Students of BK101 will do more then just do great on inadequate standardized tests, BK101 students will improve tests and make them more effective. Students of BK101 will be more then just be prepared for life, BK101 students will improve life and actually define what being prepared for life is really about. BK101 students will also learn how to recognize and analyze all information, including propaganda, especially knowing that propaganda can come from within as well as from outside ourselves. BK101 students will not be conformists, BK101 students will be fully educated in the skills involved with being able to work together as civilized people. BK101 students will be free thinkers, able to solve any problem. BK101 students will not be discourage by the struggles of life, they will instead see our struggles as opportunities for improvements. BK101 students will improve life, BK101 students will not just sit around and watch the world die, they will create a better future instead of just waiting for one, or dreaming about one.

BK101 is not in the business of creating more conformists. We are not creating people who are unaware of the true nature of the problems that are plaguing this world. We are not creating people who just end up being accessories to the criminal elements that murder millions of innocent people every year.  "There's too much emphasis on compliance, and not enough on engagement."

We are in the business of creating the most intelligent humans that this world has ever seen. People who actively participate in improving the world, repairing the damage that has been done and stopping the damage being done now and in the future.

We know for a fact that learning exists because people are learning every day. But most people don't understand the process of learning or the power of learning, this we need to improve. I am a learner, yes, I can be an a*shole at times, and yes, I can be stupid at times, but I am a learner. So no matter how slow or how painful the process of learning can be, I still learn. Thank you God!

Graduating high school and going to college is not success, unless those accomplishments are stepping stones to a higher calling. One where the person engages the world and seeks out improvements, instead of just taking from the world and stealing from future generations just to pursue your own selfish lifestyle, one that does more harm then good.


Yes I'm am a high school drop out, but dropping out does not mean that you stopped your education, or does it mean that you have given up, or does it mean that you can't recover and regain the potential that was temporally stopped.

Famous people who dropped out but never gave up..
Albert Einstein dropped out of high school at age 15. Deciding to continue his education a year later, Einstein took the entrance exam to the prestigious Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, but failed. He returned to high school, got his diploma, and then passed the university's entrance exam on his second attempt.
Harry Houdini, Ehrich Weiss dropped out of school at age 12, working several jobs, including locksmith's apprentice.
Andrew Jackson......7th U.S. President dropped out.
Abraham Lincoln left school at 12 to help his family farm.
Thomas Edison dropped out after only three months of formal education and was home schooled.
Benjamin Franklin He spent two years at the Boston Latin School before dropping out at age ten and going to work for his father.
Richard Branson.
Walt Disney dropped out of high school at 16.
David Karp (Tumblr) dropped out of high school at 14.
Princess Diana dropped out of school at 16.
Marlon Brando.
Sean Connery.
Robert De Niro.
Al Pacino dropped out of his New York high school to pursue acting.
Lucille Ball.
Jim Carrey dropped out of high school at just 16.
Frank Sinatra.
Elton John.
Ansel Adams.
Aretha Franklin dropped out at 15.
Quentin Tarantino dropped out at 15.
Johnny Depp.
Katy Perry.
Nicolas Cage.
Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Cameron Diaz.
Tom Cruise.
Charlize Theron.
Nicole Kidman.
Robert Downey Jr.
Kate Winslet.
George Carlin.
Marilyn Monroe.
Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard.
Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard to start Facebook.
Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College to become the father of all things Apple.
Oprah dropped out of Tennessee State University.
F. Scott Fitzgerald left Princeton University because of poor grades.
John Lennon was expelled from Liverpool College, so he joined a band.

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