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1/29/2009 6:56 AM
 

WASHINGTON — The economic stimulus plan that Congress has scheduled for a vote on Wednesday would shower the nation’s school districts, child care centers and university campuses with $150 billion in new federal spending, a vast two-year investment that would more than double the Department of Education’s current budget.

The proposed emergency expenditures on nearly every realm of education, including school renovation, special education, Head Start and grants to needy college students, would amount to the largest increase in federal aid since Washington began to spend significantly on education after World War II.

Critics and supporters alike said that by its sheer scope, the measure could profoundly change the federal government’s role in education, which has traditionally been the responsibility of state and local government.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/education/28educ.html?scp=1&sq=stimulus%20education&st=cse

 

 

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2/2/2009 3:43 AM
 
Pretty much everything the Federal government has absorbed they have destroyed or hobbled. (i.e. Social Security, Medicare, Education, etc.) The Federal governments' role in education other than funding building maintainance and tranportation should be kept to a "bare bones" minimum. It should have little to NO role in education. The Department of Education is an enhancement and enlargement of government, not an educational tool, thanks to Jimmy Carter. The downfall of education has also been notable since that time. Education is becoming "indoctrination" instead of education due to political correctness and the push for diversity awareness. The latest intrusion is NCLB. This is a perfect example of nonsensical gobbledygook. Schools should be under the control of local and state government and properly funded. This intrusionary role that the federal government is and has been taking needs to stop. There are far too many unfunded mandates and I should add, far too many unnecessary mandates that really do not enhance education, but rather hinder the efforts of it. Untie the hands of the teachers, support them with strong disciplinary enforcement, less nonsensical paperwork and allow them to do what they are trained to do and do best, TEACH. Bring back "common sense". Allow and encourage the teaching of history, math, science, the arts and others, not some politically correct version that ultimately is promoting some philosophical agenda. Require students to learn before they are promoted to another grade. Require school board members to have some background in education to be nominated or elected. Otherwise it becomes nothing more than a hiring board for friends and relatives and personal agendas. ENABLE the teachers to teach instead of enabling the students and parents to blame everyone else for their failures. Education is saveable, but it needs to happen from the bottom up with support, not the top down with agendas. Unfortunately,I don't see that ever happening. It is another arm of government that has grown out of control.
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2/3/2009 10:52 AM
 
The federal government's intrusion into education was firmly entrenched following Sputnik, with the National Defense Education Act. Schools fell all over themselves to get some of the "free" money that congress was handing out via the NDEA. Much of that money was earmarked for technology, and is actually what sparked my interest and involvement in educational technology. My wife benefited from forgivable student loans. While these results were personally gratifying, they also necessitated acceptance of federal controls over education. That trend has continued, and the more of our tax money we accept from the feds, the worse it will be. The solution is simple: reduce federal taxes and leave education to the state and local govenrments!
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2/3/2009 10:58 AM
 
And see, I relied on the spell checker instead of carefully proof reading my posting! Obviously technology has dumbed me down! I'll blame it on the "govenrment!"
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2/3/2009 11:12 AM
 
Thanks to technology we now have students who can collaborate with other students anywhere in the world.  We have students who have a voice and can publish their writings to be read, not just by a teacher or classmate, but by anyone.  They have the opportunity to access real-time data when studying earthquakes and volcanoes or primary source documents when studying history.  They can express their thoughts not only in words but in sounds and images.  The possibilities are endless!
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