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  1. cjjmesser says:

    Giving everyone a trophy makes the trophy worthless. Why work for anything if everyone from the quarterback to the waterboy gets the same piece of plastic?

  2. amy guillaume linderman says:

    kids want the easiest way out. extra credit…..extra time….can i watch the movie instead of read the book

  3. Brett Paschen says:

    I think that several things are lacking in our schools.One area that should be addressed is respect for the teachers and the classroom.

  4. Jente says:

    The biggest problem in education is the way kids are learned to compete with eachother. Being succesfull is key and everyone who is not, is less worth than anyone else. It is such a false thing that is put in those brains of the kids. Everyone is talented and has different qualities.

  5. Kasper says:

    I have read that teachers are very sensitive for burn outs. I think they deserve a lot more respect than they get right now, because everyone is like “they have a lot of vacation”, but they are so important in the development of our children. They have a though job and this needs to be known!

  6. Alex says:

    I think that children should also learn things that are needed in daily life. How to pay taxes, why do we pay them, how do you manage your wage, ..

  7. Natalie says:

    The biggest problem facing education is too little time and too many national standards. Teachers are stressed out trying to meet all the government standards.

  8. I think the biggest problem facing education today is that a lot of the teachers think everyone learns the same,and teaches everyone the same way,,no matter if they get it or not..Everyone is different and some people need an extra little attention

  9. Cathy Philipps says:

    I think the biggest problem is the lack of importance given to public schools including the teachers and the children.

  10. Linda Carver says:

    Thanks for the chance

  11. Gabrielle says:

    I think the biggest problem is teaching geared to testing which leaves out a great deal of substance and real knowledge.

  12. rust says:

    I think the biggest problem facing our education system today is a nationalized department of education. Schools should be administered from a local/state level; as it is now the federal bureaucracy is an elephant on the back of educators. Also, teacher tenure should be eliminated or merit-based, with performance based pay. Bad teachers should be rooted out of the system.

    If grades are given just to move a child along to the next level in order for the school to gain the federal quota dollars, the child suffers. It blows my mind that kids graduate high school and cannot read or do basic math, or are completely unable to give change back when running a cash register (unless the register tells them how much should be given.)

    We’re falling way behind other countries when it comes to education and if a close look is taken, this started happening when education was taken from the states and put under the administration of the federal Dept. of Education.

    I believe we need to raise our education standards substantially.

  13. There should be a stronger effort for Vocational training here in the United States,because this provides students with important skills in case they don’t qualify for college.

  14. No curriculum on life skills such as budgeting.

  15. Jaclyn Mercer says:

    I think that it’s a combination of helicopter parenting and the administration supporting the parents over teachers. How will kids learn to stand on their own and justify their choices if they never have to?

  16. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I can think of a number of problems in the education system these days, but many, if not most – or even all – can be traced back to one major thing. Lack of funding. Overcrowded classrooms and underpaid teachers? More money could help fix that. Lack of needed supplies, etc. Again, funds. Another thing that has really changed since I was young is that more families need both parents to work – or only have one parent. My mom used to quiz me over spelling and math, double-check my papers, etc. Having the support of the homes can really give teachers the boost so many of them need.

  17. Nora Tomlinson says:

    I think the lack of academic rigor is so destructive…civics and American history,seem to not be taught or taught with the disinformation of a political agenda in mind…

  18. Sohair says:

    I know a teacher that says kids in her school don’t know how to read some teachers don’t even care if the kids understand what they are teaching and this is a problem

  19. David s says:

    Not making kids take responsibility for their poor choices and made to be accountable for their actions

  20. I think too many teens are thinking they are entitled. Respect your teacher!

  21. In my opinion too many people claim to be teachers or professors without the skills to really teach something…

  22. Susan says:

    Lack of discipline and no consequences for their actions.

  23. Ivette Chiong says:

    Lack of responsibility at home on behalf of parents and students.

  24. Peter says:

    the problem is that schools are oriented on teaching information from books, internet instead of encouraging students to have own thoughts and experience.

  25. Sandy Klocinski says:

    Family factors are the biggest problem facing education today. What is going on at home will impact a student’s propensity to learn. Divorce, single parents, poverty, violence and many other issues are all challenges a student brings to school every day. While some teachers and administrators try to work with children in less than ideal family environments, they can only do so much – especially when parents are often not willing to partner with the schools to provide for the children.

  26. I feel there is a disease or excuse for everything these days, what happened to children actually having to do their job….go to school and learn.

  27. Celticlady says:

    I think one of the biggest deterrents that teachers face is the lack of respect from the students. I teacher is no longer allowed to discipline, and I am not saying beating or anything like that but I think if kids learned to respect the teacher, then the learning would be much easier on everyone concerned. Plus, the discipline must start at home and teaching children respect for themselves and each other is the most important thing.

  28. Clem says:

    not enough of the kind in relation to what’s really important in life

  29. Pete Boehm says:

    Student indifference and apathy are a huge problem.

  30. ouida stokes says:

    The problems start with the underfunding of schools to the teachers educations but the biggest worry is the safety of our children in schools today.

  31. sandym204 says:

    not enough teachers, kids are so disrespectful now also

  32. Debra Hall says:

    I have a friend that is a teacher for a large school district ,he works 10 hours a day but only gets paid for 8…way to many problems in schools

  33. John Thuku says:

    I think the biggest problem with the education system is that students are forced to learn without truly thinking what it is they are learning. As such, they are rarely taught the lessons they really need resulting to a high percentage of said students not knowing what it is that awaits them after they have finished their education.

  34. Stephanie Moore says:

    classes are too large and teachers don’t have time to pay attention to all the pupils

  35. sometimes Its the way they teach them , was how they did when I was in school

  36. C Culp says:

    Lack of responsibility and lower expectations.

  37. sweetpea35 says:

    There are far too many unqualified teachers in the education system. Make their pay performance-based and eliminate tenure.

  38. Dotty J Boucher says:

    I think first off if you want to take control you have to get the parents involved, Second, I would make it so that all school have uniforms, you don’t ( you don’t see other school slacking because they are too busy putting on make up ) Three, I think we need retest the teacher every couple of years to make sure they are keeping up. I would also say that bring the positive attitude in when you schools in session.. I think they need to upgrade the classes and bring back music and art..

  39. laura schag says:

    The biggest problem is have seen in to days schools is lack of parents participating.

  40. Debra Holloway says:

    I think the biggest problem in school is that a lot of the learning is not interactive games and other interactive activities that catch and hold the different student’s attention.

  41. Jessica Davis says:

    I think the biggest problem of education is Discipline ( & yes, this starts @ home) kiddos have minimal to no discipline at all at home let alone at school!

  42. Kim O says:

    kids don’t respect teachers and their parents think their kids are angels and don’t discipline their kids if something happens during school. that’s the biggest problem, if the parents don’t care the kids won’t care

  43. sandra says:

    too many children in each classroom makes teaching more ineffective

  44. Gene C. says:

    Local and federal conflicts.

  45. nickie says:

    I think outdated teaching methods, limited teaching resources and socioeconomic issues are a problem.

  46. Sheila Ritter says:

    The teachers are underpaid and therefore I don’t believe perform their job with a whole heart and the ones that do are fighting a generation of kids who feel they are entitled and pay more attention to who might be snap chatting them then to what the said teacher is trying to teach them I also think there is a huge lack of services available to those affected by autism. Teachers need special training in how to properly handle those children who suffer from autism.

  47. kimtiu37 says:

    quality education. the lack of good teachers

  48. Schryke says:

    I think the biggest problem facing education is the lack of funding from the states.

  49. Robert Hogan says:

    I think the biggest problem is trying to figure out how we are going to work together to find solutions for the numerous problems mentioned.

  50. babybrat09 says:

    In my opinion the biggest problem facing education today is too much interference from outside sources.

  51. i think there is not enough time for the kids to learn and that each child is differnt

  52. crystal gibson says:

    I think the biggest problem is too many subjects/periods. If the kids are in class for 45 minutes there isn’t enough time for the teacher to introduce and explain a new lesson.

  53. Tammy Iler says:

    Bullying is a problem

  54. Christine Holliday says:

    I believe that there is not enough respect or discipline.

  55. Jon Heil says:

    Corrupt government spewing garbage and ripping enough people off and messing with media

  56. Leah says:

    Not enough schools, not enough teachers, lack of funding. And from what I see in the news, students get away with a lot, teachers aren’t respected. 🙁

  57. Carol McCann says:

    one of the biggest problems is the lack of respect for teachers and teachers should also respect the pupils

  58. After reading through everyone’s comments and from my own experiences as a retired teacher, I’d say it’s impossible to identify one biggest problem. That being said, there are lots of things that are right about education and we need to focus on those!

  59. Nyx Nyx says:

    the biggest problem is implementing rules to discipline students

  60. Dawn S. says:

    I think that lack of parental involvement in the education system is huge.

  61. Nikolina84 says:

    I think kids today lack the sense of authority, are too confident and lack responsibility – all of that reflects on their childhood and education.

  62. bobwaters13 says:

    Students should be taught to think, rather than be programmed, by the schools.

  63. Susan Morris says:

    I think boards of education are pushing high test scores and the teacher is unable to really teach her students the basics. A good foundation leads to a love of learning.

  64. Cathy French says:

    The biggest problem about education today is at home support.

  65. aaron says:

    not enough thinking creatively. repetition is great. flash cards are better. but thinking outside the box, with art perhaps, helps with absorbing language and thinking outside the box could help better understand one’s own mind and complex things like engineering. understanding is the key to learning, especially learning concepts. thinking creatively and outside the box would help.

  66. Marcy Whittington Meyer says:

    I think there are so many problems in education today. Too much focus on testing scores is leading to rushed lessons and not enough time for kids to learn the basics. I think students aren’t getting the one-on-one attention they need to learn, and there just aren’t enough good, quality teachers out there.

  67. Sue Boehm says:

    I think the biggest problem is focusing to much in standardized testing.

  68. Paul Johnson says:

    Well Done

  69. Emily Endrizzi says:

    I think the aftermath of No Child Left Behind laws that have taken the teacher out of the classroom and replaced it with scripted education. Too much emphasis is placed on testing and preparing for the test and not enough time letting the reacher teach and the students get involved with learning. More is not better. By that I mean shoveling in more lessons and more work that does not go into depth on topics, but just scratches the surface of many topics.

  70. I think that the nationalization of education is one of the biggest problems. In a nation as diverse as ours communities need to flexibility to craft schools that fit the needs of their particular community. One size fits all education approaches don’t work! I also believe that earlier and earlier academics is hurting kids and causing them to lose their love for learning and to miss important developmental milestones that are needed to allow more effective learning later. There also needs to more done to get parents directly involved with their children’s education. Countless studies have demonstrated that parental involvement transcends risk factors like socioeconomic level in academic achievement.

  71. Donna Kwapik says:

    Wow, that is a tough one because there are many problems facing education. I’d say bullying, poverty, and parental involvement are areas that need alot of work.

  72. Brenda Penton says:

    I think the biggest problem is the parents being too overprotective when it comes to their kids. The teachers are afraid of disciplining or giving bad grades because of how some parents react. They put the blame on the teachers if their child does something wrong or bad. The kids aren’t learning from their mistakes or having to face consequences.

  73. Hans says:

    Can I congratulate all the kids out there studying like crazy to find a path forward in life ? It sure is tough and not getting any easier over the years. Bravo ! But don’t let the race for diploma’s overtake your entire life. Keep some room – you’ll soon find out balance is essential too.

  74. mj0728 says:

    I believe that one problem education is facing is censorship. Kids aren’t allowed to fully express themselves and are even taught to curtail themselves in order to avoid the possibility of offending others.

  75. krysta says:

    Educators should receive a higher rate of pay for the work they do.

  76. Randy Fong says:

    Kids with their heads in their iPhone playing video games all day is killing their ability to think and be aware of the world around them.

  77. ladyvampire says:

    One of the biggest problems facing education today? That’s a hard one when there are so many of them and most are mentioned in comments above and before mine on here. But I would say money is a big factor. Not only to teachers and schools but to parents as well. If we could all stress less about financial situations I think a lot of things would fall into place faster and easier.

  78. Edmond says:

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  79. Melissa Stacy says:

    Lack of parent participation

  80. Del says:

    There’s a lack of social and ethical responsibility on the part of the parents, children, teachers, everyone.

  81. tammy ta says:

    The teachers are only in it for the money-they threaten strike before the school year even starts-kids miss out on trips, sports etc…all through the year

  82. Barrie says:

    Education needs to be catered to each child. Only one way is taught in schools but all kids are different how they learn.

  83. texasinak says:

    i think that making every student accountable for the same info in each grade is the issue. i know quite a few teachers in my state who are then required to get children who barely speak english to learn the exact same info the other children do. they put so much focus on the kids behind the others

  84. I think the main reason that eduction, specifically public education fails, is that unlike the old days when the teacher was respected and the rule of the day was “spoil the rod spare the child” (usually this was enforced by the parents at home and sometimes the educator, today teachers fear their students, inner city schools have become black board jungles and in some cases have had to be turned into almost prison like environments, in addition violence including shootings and prison yard style “beat downs” that have been captured on phones and posted on places like Youtube only encourage more of the same anti social behavior, this is a very big problem for todays public school system, I could go on, but we all know it’s broken and needs to be somehow fixed, perhaps when the politicians start paying more attention to the shootings and beat downs this will change, but till then it’s up to the citizens to effect change.

  85. Anita L says:

    I think one of the biggest problems is the violence that seems to have taken over. Teachers are not given the authority to deal with unruly students and it effects everyone’s learning opportunities.

  86. Ben says:

    I think the biggest problem facing education is the lack of balance with things like homework, recess, etc. Kids are not getting the balance between homework and having fun! Social skills are just as important.

  87. eric k says:

    the biggest problem is the state testing, teachers spend a lot of time going over old material to make sure students ace the state tests to make sure they get adequate funding

  88. Jenny Gunnoe says:

    I think one of the biggest problems facing education today is the lack of care from some of the teachers, especially in the small towns and cities around where I live. There are too many students and not enough teachers who actually care to help the kids learn or take the extra time to explain things to the students who maybe just don’t get it the first time around.

  89. Joe Kelly says:

    The biggest problem is the lack of individual learning. In a perfect world each student would identify the way they learn best and then their curriculum would be built around that.

  90. Bullying is and will always be a huge challenge in public education systems. It was a problem when I was growing up, and STILL remains a problem today. I was a victim of bullying from students’ whose names I didn’t even know, and the principals or teachers always wanted “names” to handle discipline action, but since I didn’t socialize, didn’t know anyone, it was hard to give names or details, some of the kids were even in different grade levels than me. Now with cyber bullying and more anonymous means to torment students, bullying has risen to a whole new level. The bullies don’t realize how badly this really does impact a person. And yes, it interferes in their education too, I would skip school sometimes or take different classes, or do just about anything to avoid bullies.

  91. want to win because of poor family and I recently started a youtube my career and I want to buy a few things because it lacks even a microphone and a headphone and a few more things …
    I really want to win.
    Good luck for everyone!

  92. I hope win! Now I will be my son’s birthday and I want to surprise him with something, but unfortunately I have no money even to gift 🙁

  93. Shelby says:

    I think the biggest problem is that most schools expect all of the children to learn at the same pace.
    The second biggest problem is bullying. Undoubtedly.

  94. Christine Labelle says:

    It think that we act like all children are the same. I think some kids need more than the teachers can give. Some kids just have a hard time grasping the concept of certain subjects in the short window given to learn.

  95. KellyPC says:

    I think the biggest problem now is that parents refuse to take responsibility for their children. If something isn’t going right they blame the teacher rather than work with them to solve the problem.

  96. Pedro Mota says:

    The main problem is teaching a lot of subjects that people will not need to know on everyday life, so no motivation.

  97. kelly tupick says:

    I think the biggest problem is budget cuts. This causes teachers and students to lack in areas like teaching, sprots, school supplies.

  98. Caroline Lo says:

    The biggest problem I think most schools have is having too much passive learning. I think teachers should be more aggressive with making students interact with them and be engaged! Becoming engaged is not only helpful for the student to learn now and in the future but it is also a life skill to learn on how to communicate with their bosses, future professors, finding their mentor, etc.

    Also thanks for doing this giveaway.

  99. Jeff says:

    Education could benefit from a better appreciation and commitment to academic efforts in wider culture.

  100. elishia bakle says:

    Too many standardized tests not enough learning.

  101. Jennifer H. says:

    I feel like there is not enough money given to teachers and schools to provide the necessary tools for the teachers and students.

  102. David Marvin says:

    Bullying is so pervasive in today’s digital age.

  103. John H. says:

    I think that the curriculum needs to be more diverse.

  104. Not enough funding or teachers and the inability for teachers to discipline children and parents who blame teachers for children’s behavior instead of parents taking responsibility and not backing teachers.

  105. judeanita47 says:

    they are a lot of problem in our school…biggest is respect for each other and others

  106. Barbara says:

    They need to put God back in the schools. Censorship is what’s wrong

  107. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    The biggest problem is the classrooms have way to many kids per room the teachers can not spend time with one child to help them. I feel so bad for teachers these day’s kids have no respect for anyone never mind teachers. My friend is a teacher a 3rd grade teacher she was telling us kids don’t do there homework they come in the class and think it;s a joke now this is 3rd grade mind you. She calls the parents to have meetings the parents blame her not there child . Hello thats another problem the parents these days don’t care like they used to. Kids swear at my friend who’s the teacher she said you wouldn’t believe what words come out of the mouths of these 3rd graders. Schools are too packed cause theres not enough teachers but after hearing my friend who would wanna be a teacher these days.

  108. Jodi W says:

    I think that school should be on local/state level and decide their lessons & not prescribed federally

  109. Birgit L. says:

    One of the biggest problems in my opinion can be the parents – they expect teachers to be miracle workers, but a teacher can only do so much inside the school … outside, at home, parents need to encourage their kids and not ignore what they are or aren’t doing (like learning or doing homework).

  110. Jennifer Eagan says:

    I think one of the biggest problems with education today is that teachers are preparing students to be better test takers instead of teaching important material and further challenging the students. We have state standardized tests and whether or not the school gets funding stems on the students test results. Oh, and common core…lol

  111. Betsy Barnes says:

    I think the biggest problem in education is lack of funding. Teachers and classrooms do not have the funding to have the best tools and resources to teach. 🙂

  112. I think it’s the lack of materials and discipline.

  113. miki says:

    while lack of founding is always a problem i think it’s bigger than that, before we respected teachers now they have to fight to be hear and there is a kind of customer service ( school needs a certain amount of studenst so parents contest teacher decision threatening to change of school so direction give up) also….always wanting to do things new isn’t good….how we did before showed results so while always wanting to change?

  114. Julie Wood says:

    I think that the biggest challenge right now is HOMEWORK OVERLOAD. Children wake up (some very early), and stay all day at school, and then are expected to go home, and complete homework, and some assignments taking all hours of the night to complete.
    Being a child is a once-in-a-lifetime experience(literally), and it should not be spent chained to the kitchen table doing homework. Children should be able to come home after school, and go outside and play. I wish the educators would keep this in their minds.
    Thanks for hearing my feedback! (:

  115. Arlene mcc says:

    The biggest problem in education IS parenthood

  116. Impossibility of receiving worthy education without serious investments of financial means.

  117. Darla Peduzzi says:

    I think respect is the biggest problem in our schools today. Respect for teachers, others and in general. The world would be such a better place if respect was required.

  118. Ellie Wright says:

    I think the biggest problem is too much of the teachers’ and students’ time is spent studying for standardized tests all year. Too many of the fundamentals are not being taught because of that.

  119. The biggest problem with schools today is the lack of funding. So many of our schools here in Michigan are closing because they can’t afford to stay open. It’s so sad.

  120. Lee Mckeon says:

    The Problem with education Is the lack of funding on the federal level and the local level, taxpayers want less taxes but in return we get a lack of school funding!

  121. Julio says:

    The biggest problem facing education today? Educators trying to teach today’s kids with yesteday’s methods.

  122. Karen Giasson says:

    The biggest problem is that teacher’s do not get paid enough and education is not funded properly.

  123. Kathy Barbera says:

    I think we need to improve the way we learn. We must find new ways to make it interesting and fun. What we have now is not working.

  124. The biggest problem is teachers being forced to teach for a test not the actual subject, making it harder to make it interesting or slow down at the fun parts to keep it enjoyable

  125. itsmede says:

    The biggest problem facing education today is parents not listening to teachers, thinking their kids do no wrong when the teacher reaches out to parents. Also, bullying is a very big problem that affects kids not focusing on learning and instead their minds are elsewhere.

  126. Karen petrychko says:

    I feel that if children with learning disabilities were not just pushed through the school system, and taught separately so as to learn value able life skills. Learning may than happen on all levels for everyone. The standardized system doe not work for everyone.

  127. Amy Creathorn says:

    Teachers are underpaid! They’re too important to not have the financial motivation

  128. robin wolfe says:

    wish parents would start backing there childs teacher — these kids today disrupt classes all the time – i sit in class and see what the poor teachers have to contend with 🙁

  129. Adapting new technologies for the classroom in order to improve education is not something most schools do.

  130. Samantha Mer says:

    Parents believe kids do not do any wrong when teachers talk to them and and also teachers are less paid and teaching should always in fun way.

  131. Kristen Joiner says:

    I think modern education focus’s way too much on standardized tests. Kids who are smart and do well in normal school work activities can do bad on a standardized test and it will completely destroy their ability to get into good schools.
    Another problem would be not enough money is spent toward education. Teachers, aides, and other staff are vastly underpaid for the work they do and this can lead to quick burn out and often will further hinder a good education for the children.

  132. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    What the teachers have to put up for the amount of pay they get.

  133. Barbara says:

    I think lack of tenure, decreasing benefits and in some cases, the end of collective bargaining for teachers is a serious issue.

  134. Charlotte H says:

    Lack of funding to pay teachers properly – there is no incentive for highly educated people to enter the teaching profession

  135. Oliver H says:

    Parents thinking they know what is best – not often the case!

  136. Jeanine Jones says:

    Kids dropping out thinking school isn’t important

  137. MELANIE PHELPS says:

    I am sorry to say, but I feel they have taken away all control for anyone in the education system. Students act the way they want, there is no line that few dare to cross. Parents control over their children has eroded and it is either a case of abuse or neglect for any type of punishment. Then there are these standardized tests….utterly ridiculousness!!!!

  138. Dario says:

    I think there is just too much learning material we try to put into our kids at once – too many informations go into their your minds…

  139. Wendy pierson says:

    Too much emphasis on teaching to take standardized testing.

  140. Hannah says:

    Kids only learning through text books and not through experience

  141. Tee A says:

    Too many kids in each class. Lack of funding in schools.

  142. judethomas21 says:

    I think the biggest problem in education today is children are given too much technology and they are not exercising their brains enough.Why are they allowed to use calculators in exams? Get them to use their brains instead. A bit of respect for the teachers would improve things too.

  143. denise low says:

    I think the biggest problem is kids today don’t have the interest in learning.

  144. Sue E says:

    I think one of the biggest problems teachers face is more than one problem! There are not enough teachers for all the students. Government keeps cutting their budgets. Their students need to give the school’s teachers, faculty, principal, etc. respect & that should be taught at home, also teachers should not have to raise their students – that’s the parents’ job, NOT the teachers’!! Also a lot of employees in the work force, have had to make some kind of sacrifice to keep their jobs! Teachers should do this also! They want pay raises and more in their pensions & then they complain about not having enough help! Well, of course, there will be less teachers to compensate for all the demands that were kept. Many workers are doing the jobs of two, but only getting paid the salary of one worker! I mean, do the math!! In my opinion, this is not the time to make demands! But the time to be thankful for having a job!!

  145. I think the biggest problem facing education today is lack of support in the schools.

  146. Christine Murray says:

    I think kids need to learn how to budget and save and to look after their finances while in school.

  147. I think the biggest problem facing education is kids with learning barriers not be identified until it is to late.

  148. Beverly Collins says:

    Classroom size, parental involvement, social standing, bullying, and many other problems.

  149. Julie Lundstrom says:

    I think the school face keeping the school up to date with technology. Our world keeps changing with technology and if we don’t teach our kids then we can not keep up with the rest of the world.

  150. Joanne Schultz says:

    I think that the states put so many requirements on the teachers, that there isn’t enough time to teach the kids what they really should be learning. And of course when there is a statewide test to show how well the kids are doing, the schools force their teachers to teach for the test. Scary.

  151. beewbedard says:

    The biggest problem in education is the cost of higher education – some individuals want to continue further but finances dont allow it
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  152. mike k says:

    biggest problem in education are unapproachable teachers who don’t get the course concepts across well enough

  153. Laura Bowe says:

    I think that there are issues with too many students per teacher. Also, the need to focus so much on testing rather than skills and subjects that could be used in other areas.

  154. Rosi says:

    Teachers are too soft and not knowledgeable enough. Also the edu budget is low

  155. Adarsh Verma says:

    Greed in making money

  156. Sherry K says:

    Not all schools are funded the same, so some children don’t have the same advantages as others. Even the poorest children deserve the same.

  157. Shelby Dyck says:

    funding, dress code, bullies..there is way more then one issue to narrow it down.

  158. Taylor Closet says:

    I believe lack of resources is a huge issue.

  159. Benjamin K. says:

    Give the kids more recess, and don’t take it away as punishment. Kids need to be active to learn better. I believe that.

  160. Brandon Sparks says:

    Most kids just don’t want to learn or do homework these days..

  161. most kids just don’t want to learn or do homework these days..

  162. Jon T says:

    Lack of funding, in my opinion.

  163. Kevin O says:

    The biggest problems I see in schools in my area are the lack of transparency from the school board/government. Poor spending/business decisions. Teachers obviously undervalued. Teachers also have to teach to mandated lessons. No real room for any creativity which in turn makes the kids bored and not interested in learning.

  164. Tara Gauthier says:

    Definitely not enough and the fact that there are unfortunately some teachers out there who are not open to new ideas or trying to do everything to help kids out.

  165. Tara Gauthier says:

    My comment should have said not enough funding, there is especially challenges in meeting the needs of special needs kids who require extra support especially those whose needs are not as noticeable or severe yet still present.

  166. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I think that a large obstacle in the faces of e lot of the children these days is surrendering to use of alcohol and drugs, a lot of times due to peer pressure, and problems with fraternity/sororities. I think that we need to educate children in grammar to high school, so that when children get to college they don’t burn out and surrender to this vicious disease. Also college should further education to make sure that students are ready to say no when the time comes up in the college years.

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