Options for different learning styles, interests, and opportunities
Students today need to be able to experience their education similarly to how the world is working. This post-industrial era is pushing new and exciting ways to work, learn, grow, and see the world, yet we continue to educate under a model that still resembles the factory mind set of 50 years ago.
It seems to me we need to streamline testing and the time devoted to it
It has destroyed the rhythm of education. It is not an accurate measure and actually limits the effect we have on student learning.
Emphasize "real-world" skills
Young people need to learn how to navigate in the modern world of employment, communicating with others, and personal finance. More integration of these topics and experiences, in middle school and high school, so students are equipped with some practical tools for navigating our modern world.
Continue to provide access time where students can interract with their
teachers, get help on things they don't understand, and allow them to catch up so that they don't get left behind. When a student doesn't understand the curriculum, they are set back and cannot continue until they do understand. They need this extra time with teachers, one on one.
I wish there was a way to constructively review teachers
Occasionally, there is a class where it is apparent that a large number of kids are struggling or have similar feedback. I found it difficult to navigate this as a parent, in a way that doesn't make my child or the teacher look bad, which makes it easier to do nothing and wait it out.