Big thinkers on how to fix American education

As we know, America’s education system is not exactly earning straight A’s, especially when it comes to teaching science and math. Not that there’s a shortage of good ideas on how to fix our education system.In fact, last month, educators, and policy-makers from around the world came together in New York to share promising education practices.  Their summit was connected to the Celebration of Teaching and Learning, organized by New York PBS station WNET. We thought it was a perfect opportunity to do another edition of our “Fixing America” series — this time asking big thinkers the big question: What would you do to fix America’s education system?

View the interactive: How to fix education

Watch the rest of the segments from this week’s episode.

 
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Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=574001062 Erika Wentworth

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE caption this. There are many Deaf and hard of hearing people who would like to know what these “talking heads” are saying. It’s easy and free to go to an Internet site and use the captioning software for these videos. It would take someone 5 minutes or so to do it. Thanks so much.

  • http://twitter.com/TomMarAlem1987 TomMarAlem1987

    The fundamental is that education in the USA is a system of teaching the children how to pass standardized tests. The crux of education is teaching the children what they need to know in order to pass the test i.e. the test is the be all end all of the learning experience.[] This in lieu of teaching the children how to think and encouraging them to put forward opinions about the solutions to problems in the course material.

    The present system is that the teacher says to the student that Columbus set sail in 1492, on the test the student is supposed to repeat that Columbus set sail in 1492 rather than asking the student to give an explanation of why Columbus set sail. What is a proposed reason for the voyage in 1492?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-McBryde/100000273266705 Shane McBryde

    Learning is a natural process! If we think of it in those terms, and develop the system around experiential learning, our children would be much better off. Instead, we make learning difficult using discipline and rote methodology. Either we model the system around human behavior or we continue trying to place a square peg in a round hole.

  • Scherer_enterprises

    Common people criticize the education until they become part of it they will never understand it.

  • Scherer_enterprises

    Not true at all. We do not test our students on dates…THIS IS A LIE. THere is some wrote memorization but for vocabulary. We teach the push pull factors for old imperialism and the development of mercantilism, the cultural destruction of peoples affected by this and European gains of being Mother countries,

  • Jackinthebox1070

    Ms. Bryant is very disconnected from reality. She states that the so called advantaged students went to be best daycare centers. Does she really believe this? Families I know spend time with their children, reading books and interacting. Not going to a daycare center. She should get out more and meet people.

  • Banicki

    Every article and editorial I read about education these days has two themes in it. 1. Someone must be held accountable for the success or failure of the school and, 2. The solutions discussed say nothing about the key element of achieving that success, poverty and the parents’ role in education.

    The measuring stick for how well a school and/or teacher is usually some kind of standard test of the student and if the students are doing well it is concluded the teacher must also be doing well. This concept is seriously flawed. Read More:  http://goo.gl/e82MW

  • Banicki

    Every article and editorial I read about education these days has two themes in it. 1. Someone must be held accountable for the success or failure of the school and, 2. The solutions discussed say nothing about the key element of achieving that success, poverty and the parents’ role in education.

    The measuring stick for how well a school and/or teacher is usually some kind of standard test of the student and if the students are doing well it is concluded the teacher must also be doing well. This concept is seriously flawed. Read More:  http://goo.gl/e82MW

  • Gary

    Excellent response. It’s a shame education continues to focus on regimented curriculum that’s has continually produced poor results on standardize exams. American leaders, some well educated, some not so much, never seem to understand how to fix this. Your idea on education is right on target. Focus curriculum on the needs and interest of students and eliminate accountabilty. Allowing children to explore and follow their personal passion leads to positive citizen placement of employement, which simultaneously benefits to our economy.