India Needs Investment to be a Global Education Superpower


India needs investment to be a global education superpower

PTI Feb 8, 2014, 10.43PM IST…India needs investment to be a global education superpower…BANGALORE: Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan today said India’s goal of becoming a global education superpower and its continued strong economic growth cannot be achieved without significant investment and effort. Continue reading

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Underfunding and the US Education Crisis

Underfunding is a key component of the US education crisis.

The U.S. education system is slipping behind other nations, and the widening achievement gap between rich and poor students is threatening the country’s global competitiveness, according to a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

The report, titled “Renewing America Progress Report and Scorecard,” lays blame at the fact school spending is distributed unequally in the United States.

While the U.S. funds its schools from property taxes on the local community — which often means more money goes to schools in high-income areas where homes are worth the most — most other developed nations divide school funding centrally by enrollment, i.e. the money is allocated evenly on a per-head basis.

“The real scourge of the U.S. education system — and its greatest competitive weakness — is the deep and growing achievement gap between socioeconomic groups that begins early and lasts through a student’s academic career,” said Rebecca Strauss, one of the report’s authors.

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Quotations about political philosophy from de Tocqueville, Aristotle, Plutarch et al

“There must be a positive Passion for the public good, the public Interest, Honour, Power, and Glory, established in the Minds of the People, or there can be no Republican Government, nor any real Liberty. And this public Passion must be Superior to all private Passions. Men must be ready, they must pride themselves, and be happy to sacrifice their private Pleasures, Passions, and Interests, nay their private Friendships and dearest connections, when they Stand in Competition with the Rights of society.”
-John Adams, writing to Mercy Otis Warren in 1776

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“I am increasingly persuaded that the earth belongs exclusively to the living and that one generation has no more right to bind another to it’s laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another.”
― Thomas Jefferson

“It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.”
― Tom Stoppard, Jumpers

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”
― Aristotle

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”
― Plutarch

“The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.”
― Harry S. Truman

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The Educational Crisis in America part II


Education in America

Education in America is in a state of emergency.

The 1988 Democrat presidential candidate Michael Dukakis said that the awful state of education in America was at the heart of the America’s crisis at that time. To paraphrase another source…Al Qaida itself would be hard pressed to carry out the long term and unrelenting demoralization and destruction of American minds and spirits that takes place in schools and schoolyards in the United States on a daily basis.
Private education?
The way it is now?
So we can turn out an even greater number of button-downed and Ivy-educated Hedge Funders?
Whatever the answer is, we better do it now.
Maybe an early diet of critical thinking starting at age 5 or 6 with an equal emphasis on left- and right-brain development.
Let us offer effective training in mathematics for everyone, even if it means we drop homecoming and pep rallies – or at least fund these activities with extracurricular donations.
How about a required philosophy class for high school seniors to keep us from turning into robots.
Basically, what we’re talking about here is getting back to a core curriculum of readin’, writin’ and arithmetic. Oh yeah…and thinking. Social skills? How about teaching grade school kids how to work together by giving them actual work to do.
All of them.
That way we they can learn and perfect techniques of problem solving, hone various technical skills and learn the kind of cooperation that is essential to any well-oiled business endeavor.
If we have to call in Indians or Japanese or Germans to help us achieve this goal than so be it and let us count ourselves lucky to have such good teachers.
Let the football stars find their own way to gridiron glory after school and on a volunteer basis. Their parents can pay for it all out of their own pockets should they so desire.
On site tutors as well as traditional teachers; a “hub ‘n spoke” system with computer hardware and live teachers housed in regional center with online access to same.

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