“Pick something that annoys you and redesign it.”
That’s a loaded question, particularly since the thing that annoys me most is how education is overseen and run in this state (Arizona). The short answer is that teachers, not politicians, should be in charge of all aspects of education, state and national, and that would ensure that there are no problems, or at least minimal problems. The students should come first but they don’t. In reality, most programs are put in place to further someone’s political career.
The thing I would like to fix first is the stupid “standardized testing.” The questions on the pre-test preparation materials are misleading, ambiguous, and subjective. There are many questions designed to trick the young students. If these “sample” questions are any indication of what is actually on the test, I do not think that is right.
I also object to the amount of time that is spent “preparing for” the test. It is teaching to the test no matter what anyone says. I wish parents would stand up to politicians and object to this because teachers cannot out of fear of losing their jobs or being labeled as “whiners” by state government.
No wonder it is difficult to teach that “character counts” when kids see by adult example that it does not.