1. (Above) We’re not all the same. Everybody knows that we’re not all the same with the exception of—apparently—public school administrators and curriculum writers.
2. The condescension is palpable today, even if it’s not based on any evidence.
Fact: college isn’t for everyone, and there are good options for those who choose not to get a four-year degree.
3. Speaking of college, does it seem like the tuition costs of a four-year degree are out of control?
Probably because they are.
4. Sure, the dropout rate as a whole has gotten a bit better over the past decade, but try telling that to parents of students in larger cities like Los Angeles, where the dropout rate is 17%, or Chicago, where the dropout rate is more than 25%!
5. Does it sometimes feel like we’re wasting what President Kennedy called “our fundamental resource” by filling heads with multiple choice bubbles and scantrons?
6. And finally, the go-to, fix-all solution to any problem in education: throw money at it.
Over the past 40 years, education funding has tripled, while math and verbal skills have decreased by three percent.
Students and parents need real, tangible change. Not just more money.
Ted serves as a communications associate with Intellectual Takeout. In his role, he oversees ITO’s social media campaigns, advertising, donor relations materials, and media inquiries. He also contributes to Intellectual Takeout’s graphic and web designs, as well as internal technology development.
Ted studied audio and media design at the Minneapolis Media Institute where he received an AA degree in audio and visual arts. He has plans to pursue further higher education. Outside of ITO for the past three years, Ted has operated a recording studio business in his home where he records and produces music ranging from bluegrass to hip-hop. He has been with ITO for two and a half years, working in multiple capacities.