The Opinion section and the online edition of the June 15 San Diego Union-Tribune featured readers’ suggestions for improving public education. The best were these:
College is not the only path to success and is not realistic for all students. Educators need to legitimize “educational pathways that do not lead to a four-year college degree.” Students should not be treated as failures if they seek other career avenues after high school.
More educators are needed who would see “beyond the impersonal, bureaucratic, overly structured, factory-like schools that are so prevalent today.” Less regimentation and a more innovative education would make learning enjoyable.
Too much focus on test scores means not enough on real-life projects and how to make science and math relevant.