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  • Hierarchical, Expert, and Practical Educational Reforms

    I'll break down and summarize some of my key proposed reforms, but there are further details left out since they tend to escape beyond even the scope of party policy.

    Hierarchical: For nationwide Secondary Education, there ought to be an interconnected, regional level of organized 'Nexus' districts oriented towards (a) keeping teachers current on academic knowledge and preserving academic integrity, (b) providing a special educational testing/event environment transregionally, (c) organizing teachers with specialized knowledge to travel around multiple school districts which would be unsuitable at the more local level (and providing better promotional opportunities in educational careers), (d) consolidating education resources for intellectual outliers at the top and bottom percentiles (and possibly the economically bottom percentiles), and (e) facilitating broader and richer field trip/exchange student opportunities (or things like Summer Programs). Their distribution will align with national commuter networks to ensure a careful balance of range and locality.

    Expertise: Teachers should prioritize the general learning environment more than strict educational goals/benchmarks. They'll be required to satisfy greater educational and certification qualifications, and accordingly shall be higher paid and given more authority in the educational process. They'll be subject not to local politics or individual parents (who hold biased interests in inflating grades at the cost of assuring genuine student comprehension/accountability), but instead a higher educationally oriented committee or set of inspectors (ideally as a component of the aforementioned Nexus Centers). They'll teach four days of the week with a replacement (potentially one of a pool of substitute teachers on retainer) set on the fifth day, dedicating that time for in-building lesson-planning, educational learning, reflection, and inter-teacher/staff meetings (or even after-school 'office hours' for kids who might want it). The teaching methodology will orient closer towards unifying theory/experience, student immersion, and student drive. We'll want a more equal relational dynamic that promotes student questioning, with students treated more seriously; within reasonable limits, they'll be treated like people until they prove to act like children. This could facilitate larger class sizes (which benefit from more students asking questions). Teachers shouldn't be disciplinarians anymore; there needs to be stricter policies to isolate disruptions to the learning environment.

    Practical: We need to have a system that better refocuses around three primary spheres: Topical Reality (Fitness/STEM/Humanities), Communication (Languages/Interpersonal/Literacy), and Critical Thinking (Personal Reflection/Paradigm Relativity/etc). Vital Life Skills (Taxes, Cooking, Relationships/Networking, First Aid, Media Literacy, Value of Failure, etc.) need to also be prioritized alongside interdisciplinary thinking and holism. Substitute Homework for slightly longer Class times (or limit it to weekends), with periodic breaks (ideally 80 minutes of sunlight outdoors to combat the myopia epidemic).

    And while we're at it, having schools that don't look like prisons (with green spaces, spaciousness, limits to crowding, etc.) would likely do wonders for the way people treat that environment (and one another in that environment).

  • School Choice

    In order to position the next generation of adults for success, we best provide them an excellent education. Towards that end, would our future as a community be enriched by offering parents the opportunity to choose the best school for their children.