These are some of the questions we need to be asking about education:
What objectives are we trying to accomplish with our schooling?
What criteria are we using to assess whether we are reaching our objectives?
Who should determine the objectives of our schools? Parents? School boards? Government? Progressives? Conservatives? Other?
What materials are we using to achieve our objectives? Texts? Multitexts? Internet? Other materials? How often are they updated? Are the means used consistent with our objectives?
Should we use group instruction or individualized or programmed instruction or other instruction?
What skills and information do the students need to be successful in life, to actualize their potential?
What academic skills should be taught? What social/emotional skills? How much emphasis should be placed on critical thinking? Should conflict mediation be taught? Other?
What are the pros and cons of educational choice?
What is the role of teachers in our schools? Should their role be as authorities, as authoritative facilitators? Other?
How much education should go on in a single room? In the community?
What model of education is our schools employing?
What are the pros and cons of magnet schools? Other?
How do we identify and actualize the gifts of students, their potential?
How do we aclimate to individual learning styles?
How do we take into consideration the different personality types of students?
How do we hold teachers, schools Accountable For Outcomes?
Senator Lee: If the FBI can unfairly target a presidential campaign, imagine what it can do to regular Americans. Senator Durbin: To Attorney General under Bush, Michael Mukasey - the authority you enabled could result in the FBI conducting a "long-term physical surveillance of an innocent American citizen".