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Topic: A Formula for Failure
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Robert Hansen

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A Formula for Failure
Posted: Jul 1, 2013 7:16 AM
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A new charter school with an emphasis on math and science opened nearby with much fanfare...

http://www.edline.net/files/_pFCSm_/9ccd164386541dee3745a49013852ec4/Math_and_Science_Leadership_Academy_2013_Viera.pdf

Community service, field trips and guest speakers and not a mention of science or math, not even in the eligibility requirements.

They should have titled it "Math and Science Avoidance Academy"

This is the formula to engage students in subjects without the bothersome details of being good in the subjects, leading them to the later reality of paying off student loans while working at Starbucks. The winners are the staff, the colleges, the education industry, and Starbucks (who gets literate employees behind their registers).

Actually, I single out Starbucks too much. 25% of the sales people in stores like Best Buy have 4 year degrees. And there isn't anything wrong with working at Best Buy (or Starbucks) and having a degree, except that these former college students went into debt doing so, with the full cooperation of the colleges. When 300 students show up for a political science degree, doesn't someone at the college gather them together in an auditorium and explain to them that at most, maybe 1/4 of them will find a job? I thought not.

Bob Hansen

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