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In the UK, on 7 April 2011, teachers at Darwen Vale High School, near Blackburn Lancashire, are to stage a walk-out.
The teachers are protesting at the lack of support they have received from the head teacher.
"They say pupils frequently challenge teachers to fights, push and shove them in the corridors and classrooms and are constantly swearing and insulting them." (Strike-hit school governor blames pupil anarchy... on wind and rain)
The teachers say that when they take the matters to the head teacher she often sides with the pupils instead of staff.
Americans are worried that their education system is no longer producing enough inventors like Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. "Nearly all his childhood learning took place at home."
So, how should schools be organised?
1. Give pupils a choice of schools.
This means there must be lots of small schools of different types.
All schools should be tiny.
The big schools should be broken up.
2. Give headmasters and teachers the right to exclude pupils who are disruptive.
3. Set up special schools that give intensive care (very expensive) to the disruptive children.
4. Set up top quality schools that cater for the less academic kids.
There are parents and children who want such schools - so long as they are well run, and do not become dumping grounds for the disruptive children.
5. Lower the school leaving age and shorten the school day.
This will mean children will learn more.
That is the paradox.
6. Sack the bureaucrats.
According to an article about UK schools in Scotland on Sunday, 9 September 2007, (Alexander attacks 'bloated' education authorities) one in every four pounds of education funding never makes it to schools.
Studies show that of the average £5,160 spent on a child's education annually, £1,700 is swallowed up by local government.
It is time to close down the "bloated" education authorities. Get rid of the government bureaucrats, both local and national. Sack the education chiefs. It is these folks who have helped to ruin British schools.
CHAOS IN UK SCHOOLS
TOM DALEY AND THE ORGANISATION OF SCHOOLS.
EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT; USA, UK, SOUTH KOREA, FINLAND...
HOW TO ORGANISE UK SCHOOLS
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