Innovatively Educating Our Future Pioneers

HS students make Dept. of Ed. Blog Post

Laurie Calvert, Teacher Liason for the U.S. Dept. of Ed., has written a blog post summing up our HS students’ hard work regarding their latest project that culminated with a live video chat with senior advisors from the Dept. of Ed. Well Done!   Kansas Students Weigh in on Education...

Hallie – The Ideas of Our Future Schools of America

It’s unimaginable how many changes can be made to education system. To keep good teachers teaching we need to modify teacher tenure. To help our future schools of America, we can teach students in the high schools how future life is going to look like. Instead of teaching just the basics in a high school, we should go above and beyond to help our students so...

Morgan – Project Based Learning

There are many attributes that could be changed in the schools and teachers everywhere, but I think the most important attribute I think that needs to be changed is the way teachers teach and how students learn. I believe that teachers shouldn’t only lecture students with their voice and a powerpoint. Some students don’t learn with their ears, they...

Joseph – Teacher’s Rewards

In a way, no one solution can, or will, fix the problems with the education system that we have currently, but we have discussed possible solutions while creating the video. Some of these solutions are as follows; we need to start paying good teachers more than average teachers, and supply incentives to the average teachers so they will be motivated to do a...

Matthew – Tenure Inquires

Subsequent to all that has been acquired presently, one advancement that is requisite to schools, in regards to my druthers in the matter is the use of technology to emend teaching exploits. Technology can expedite the education of the masses, if not the entirety, but far more schools subsume little technology than those with copious. What is requisite is to...

Felicia – Students Learning Through Their Interests

This project has allowed me to discover many new ways to better our schools and the quality of our teachers. I feel that the best way to do this is with student based learning. Obviously, school is based on the concept to teach students, but this concept can get mixed up and blurred. Teachers, and even school administrators, can get caught up with the common...

Kegan – “Failure is Not an Option”

Lets face it, our education system has its flaws. This is considered an acceptable fact to the average person, however these “minor flaws” when looked at in depth we see that the current status quo is wrong. Here are a few of many “minor flaws” and some suggestions on how to fix them. We should encourage schools to have smaller class sizes. This would be...

Lexlee – “A Highschooler’s Thoughts”

I feel schools should be able to function like typical high schools, but including more involvement with the teacher and more help from the teacher. The reasoning behind this is because kids like regular high schools, but sometimes they lag behind so badly that they can not get caught back up. This ultimately leads to better teachers. We need better teachers...

Dakota – Teaching with Technology

Do high schools need the latest technologies to be able to help them learn and to teach them? Do we really need the latest tech to achieve higher results, or can just a simple connection to the internet be the answer to teaching be just as effective? Is teaching with a computer a better teaching style? With technology growing at a fast pace, would the vast...

Xavier – Everyone is a Genius

I believe the underlying meaning to this project is adapting to the ever changing environment. Maybe you need to change the idea that a kid is only good at one subject but not other ones. Maybe the change is a new technology or new teaching method. What I have seen is that the American education system has had trouble changing or adapting to any of these...

Devin – What Makes a Quality Teacher?

To change our education system for the better I think we need to work on getting more quality teachers in the classrooms. Quality teachers are what help the students retain information taught to them throughout the years. Bad teachers can slack off, not grab and keep the students’ attention, and just teach “to the test”. We need more great teachers in our...

Drake – The Art of Memorization

I feel the most important thing we could do in order to improve schools and teachers everywhere would be to enforce a simple yet meaningful principle. That principle would be the philosophy that success is lesser than value. Success is great and all and if you’re a successful person, then good for you. But the real factor is value. Someone can accomplish as...

Tina – True Individual Learning

Abdul Kalam said “Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.” I think that the one thing to change to make better schools and teachers would be to have the students take a form of test that can make a specialized education course for each...

Dillon – Terrible Tenure

There are many changes that should be made to fix the trainwreck that the American education system has become, so I think we are better off starting from the bottom up, fixing simple errors that should never have been made in the first place. There are many of these simple errors, but personally, I believe the most important of them is the tenure system, and...

“The Turning Point of Academic Reform” – UPDATED

“The Turning Point of Academic Reform” – UPDATED

Dec 3, 2012

This project began when Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visited Emporia State and the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame on his nationwide bus tour.  Students from Turning Point Academy were able to construct some viable questions about the future of education in  the American school system, to which the US Dept of Ed responded directly to TPA to provide...