Tuesday, January 29, 2008

And on the education front...

...let's double the number of college graduates by:
  • Increasing our "investment" in public education by expanding early education
  • Asking all school districts to offer full-day kindergarten
  • Making attendance compulsory up to age 18
  • Give the State Superintendent the authority to close under performing schools
  • Creating the 21st Century schools fund to create new smaller high schools

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a kindergarten teacher and totally agree with the full day kindergarten. Having the children for the full day gives the teacher the opportunity to expand and enrich the curriculum that he or she already is teaching. Right now there is such a (valid) focus on literacy that there is hardly any time to include math or science in our half day. I do not agree with many of Granholm's ideas, but this one I support.

Anonymous said...

Freeze interest rates so those in trouble never pay for their mistakes and new home buyers have less opportunity to take advantage of being prudent and saving and waiting to buy a house within their means. No free market here.

Tami said...

I have so many reasons why these are not good ideas! Thanks for posting this information!

Anonymous said...

Oh, please.

Roda said...

And this increases college grads how? Only the last point might possibly have any impact at all on encouraging students toward college.

Tom said...

How about a voucher system that would open up the education system to a performance based, private sector of education? This would free students of the shackles of failing public school systems, thus giving them a greater chance of a quality education?

Anonymous said...

How about a voucher system that would open up the education system to a performance based, private sector of education? This would free students of the shackles of failing public school systems, thus giving them a greater chance of a quality education?

Anonymous said...

Districts can create new smaller schools now--they are called charter schools. No new government programs needed.-

Anonymous said...

I'm tired of the focus always being on the cities. There are so many rural communities out there that need just as much attention on their public school systems. The Mackinac Center released a finding last year that the most successful schools, both economically and educationally are those with student populations of about 2400 K-12. In my neck of the woods, none of the schools get anywhere near this total and the students could really benefit from consolidation.

Matt said...

Why does this sound so familiar? Letting kids going to failing schools opt out and go to other options????? Without spending $300 million? As I recall a few years ago the Democrats and MEA masters fought this tooth and nail. Gee I wonder what's the difference now?

Mgr. Jen said...

To the second comment up there, "Freeze interest rates so those in trouble never pay for their mistakes..."
Ok, Hotshot- let me guess, you're a Generous Motors retiree with your house practically paid off....the rate freeze happens to be the best reformation I have seen yet in this gov.
We have 5 years to build our credit back up, pay our principle down, and refinance at a lower rate. Mind you, we're managing a family and seeking career advancement in MI. We would never think of touching food stamps or even entertaining foreclosure options.
When the going gets tough, the tough get tougher & work harder. (so that the gov. may take more from us...)
We are paying dearly for our mistake of financing a loan in MI and we will never ask anything of the gov. besides a safe clean place to live.