Sheet Qualitative Data
No. Questionnaire Question #9 The one thing that concerns me most about the
future of people and society is-
1 That they are lazy, and don’t do their part
2 The stability of the family unit.
3 The lack of concern people have for the future and for each other
4 The influence of the media.
5 Getting away from matters of the heart
6 Their attitude and self responsibility to want to learn (lack there of)
7 Lack of responsibility Lack of initiative More parent involvement
8 Cultural differences all coming together in America and how we will handle the differences.
The issue of immigration and what will happen if we do nothing verses if we do something to help with the illegal immigrants.
9 More parent involvement
10 There is a general moral decay in our society that I feel is cause for great concern. It is necessary to combat this on every level,
both at home and in the school. It seems vitally important to me that education institutions are able
to attract and retain people who are great educators and able to instill knowledge and ethics into their students
and inspire then for the future. A society without ethics, morality or knowledge will inevitably collapse.
11 I think the grooviest issue facing American society is our etheocentricity wedded to commercialism. As a society we
exhibit an astounding blindness to the needs of individuals not in our own society not in our own social economic group,
our own culture our own country while consuming more and more of the our own world’s resources.
12 The ethical & moral decisions made by our leaders, our parents & our children.
14 Respect for others, awareness of differences & equity
15 If people are more concerned about legal issues and politics-and abandon the technology sector which support and create jobs.
16 Tolerance & acceptance of diversity
17 The amount of apathy that students, parents, and teachers have towards education
18 That we will become a society that is nosy, rude, and will sue for just about anything.
19 The overwhelming amount of information available how can we determine what’s really important to know?
20 The lack of people with college degrees
21 No Answer
22 The high importance of test skills. Since we are putting more emphasis on high test skills, we are leaving out imagination.
The schools teach memorization now to get the high scores and the teachers have no time left for creative work.
23 America is a free country and people take advantage of that. There are so many people who don’t want to help
themselves when they have the ability to do so. I feel people don’t hold
themselves accountable for their actions and rely on others to take care of them.
24 Whether they will clone people-I have nightmares of my ex-husband being cloned! Funding-will industry fund this?
25 The potential divide between those who have and those that have not-particularly access of technology.
26 The ever widening gap between the rich & the poor. The world continues to widen that gap by systems that propagate
a poor-stay-poor-rich-stay-rich society. If public education is not strongly supported, the world is headed to a bad place.
27 Everyone is afraid of offending someone. Teachers can’t even tell their students “no” anymore. People now seem to
forget that it is ok to get your feelings hurt once in a while.
28 A lack of religious training, or the practice of any real Faith in so many of our homes, is what concerns me the most.
Since most of our morals come from a strong belief-our faith-,there are a lot of families in today’s society that don’t
have much moral strength or background to guide their lives. Too many people these days don’t believe in absolute
rights or wrongs (but believe everything is relative). This often leads to Broken Marriages, rebellious children,
teenage pregnancy etc. (No moral strengths).
29 They are too many to mention really. I think with so many new races & huge jump in illegal immigrants will have a huge
problem in the near future. It seems education, and intelligent people are on the decline.
30 Their “voluntary, ignorance”: People vote without researching candidates, attend churches where they know nothing
of the actual teachings and doctrine of the church, keep up with current happenings of their favorite celebrities
while they know nothing of current events throughout the world, and believe everything they hear on TV.
31 The disconnect that parents seem to have from the education of their children. Not only are they extremely uninvolved
(at least 80%, in my opinion) but when effort is made to help a student, parents often make empty promises or simply
do not respond at all to the please of teachers and administration. This disconnect extends to the home as well. Parents
place educators at an automatic disadvantage by very often not assuring simple things such as an adequate nights sleep
for their child. Schools are also expected to teach basic social skills & morality that should be taught by parents/guardians.
There are only so many hours in a day. Education, to be successful, absolutely must have cooperative parental involvement.
32 I am concerned about the lack of respect in society. If people respected others, there would not be destruction of property,
theft, shootings, etc. I believe this respect of others is a learned trait just as lack & respect is a learned trait.
33 The lack of motivation of students toward learning and getting a good education.
34 Worshiping the god of self-esteem.
35 Separation of economic levels based solely on education; yet providing economic success for alternative learners.
36 Learning to understand and accept differences, whether cultural, economic, religious, etc.
37 A selfish and entitlement minded population.
38 Proper education in smaller town’s.
39 Lack of parent involvement in daily student education-parents only seem to care at report card time; the primary concern
of society is not education but a letter grade-as long as they get an A, it doesn’t matter if students learn.
40 The resistance to the development of a world state.
41 Well, the focus of education, I mean, is education going to be targeted towards test scores? Are teachers going to
teach to the tests, and not go beyond/cover any other materials?
42 That both will cease to exist.
43 The increased tendency toward religious fundamentalism-reverting to an exclusive, closed set of beliefs as a reaction to
the exposure to challenging viewpoints.
44 The alarming rate of growing population in the U.S. paired with little availability of jobs and money.
45 I feel there is to much dependency on technology. (I.E. computers, Internet, video games) I believe that technology
is important however it has also made us FATTER and LAZIER than that of America 13 years ago.
46 Too often poser & (money) possessions are more important to us than simple decency.
47 That the people that lack book smarts will be left behind. Most people that have common since get worse grades and are
left out of the money provided for college.
48 Today’s society the upcoming generation is no longer taking education seriously. Society, today, is based on money,
cars, clothes, & sex. I am also concerned about the lost for continuing education. It will be increasing.
49 Human beings inability to recognize, accept or solve the pain in each other.
50 We are continuing to move to a society of “haves”-and “have nots” Poor education dooms individuals to permanent
under-class status and friction and alienation
51 The appearant inability to get along with each other & accept people as people with no labels. Until we can all accept that
we are all a part of one world we will continue to devalue each other.
52 Not being able to utilize education and not being able to build on the background of the individual.
53 The loss of core values related to family and work. Lack of respect & accountability w/I lower generations.
54 The lack of resources to individual's as a result of expenses, in other words limited access to opportunities
55 Lack of concern for others & laziness when it comes to learning
56 Our society is becoming too oriented toward short-term, instant gratification. We lack patience and too often loose our
opinions and decisions upon emotion and not logic
57 Poorly prepared or unprepared students who are not successful in college increases the numbers of "work-ready"
individuals able to participate in and improve society
58 Degradation of values and morals in the home in unhealthy parental guidance coupled with the influence of violent and sexual
media that our children are exposed to and abused by
59 As the cost of education increases there are going to be more uneducated people in the world.
60 Not getting an education because it being to expensive.
61 That e will get into another global war.
62 We won't stick to the basics. We let small factions split for our society.
63 We are destroying ourselves (all life) (our cultures-what makes us unique-, our sense of fairness and justice for all people of
the world, and our physical surroundings-air, vegatation, water, land, plant and animal species).
64 Integriation, cultural awareness, knowledge of society and others.
65 The new generation of students, which does not value the importance of education
66 NO Answer
67 No Answer
68 NO Answer
69 The diminishing of middle class is threatening the conomy which intern may affect educational opportunities and advancement.
70 That everyone is so self-absorbed we don't care about the consequences of our actions
72 Access to quality educaiton
73 The disparity between social classes and the relative funding for educaiton concerns me right now. In the future, it would be
in society's best interest to level the educational playing field, providing equal opportunitis for less fortunate and
demographics. Increasing educational opportunities for less fortunate students and demographics. Increasing educational
opportunites is cricial if we desire to maintain our quality of live and socioeconomic status on a global scale.
74 We're not all in the same level of technology and the society is moving faster than the people.
75 The impact of the increase in the gap between haves nad have nots.
76 Unwillingness to put forth seniors great effort to learn and understand difficult subject matters.
77 The decreasing value placed on character and moral responsibility or ethics.
78 The intolerance in this country for people of different races, ethenicities, religions, etc.
79 Society is tolerating immoral beliefs, actions, and behaviors
80 Is how people interact with each other. It seems that the haves and have nots are becoming further apart and how
they interact is further apart
81 It appears that the United States takes on a "big brother" in other countries. Due to this fact, I believe our government
must provide more funding for our children, our future. American dollars need to be spent on American soi.l, so
we can address many multiculturism dilemmas.
82 People will be replaced with technology and society will be ok with it.
83 The lack of compassion that people feel towards each other: in ealier times people had genuine care and concern for the
community in which they lived and now it seems that no one cares how their community is as long as it doesn't affect them.
84 Everyone is moving at such a fast pace. There seems to be no time for family at all. Round table discussions w/no tv on and
all at the table is a thing of the past.
85 I think if we are not careful, that we could easily use up all of the worlds natural resources. It oculd be harder than we think
86 Growth, I like seeing new technology and I believe we can all benefit highly from it, however, I fear technology may be
becoming too advanced with cloning, and equipment to spy on citizens with. I think some things are harmful.
87 The failure of people understanding how our actions affects the world not just us. We are a society only concerned
with how things will interfere with our lives, not what is necessry for future generations. People seem ungrateful for
the opportunities we have in America and they feel things are owed to them. As a nation we must be willing to stand
up for what is just and the freedoms we have or we will become a society in which we do not understand. Who wants
to live in a country where we do not have the right to make choices or to have freedom of speech. The younger
generations do not understand what past generations have fought and died for . They do not understand the hardships
that have been indured to get us where we are. Furthermore they do not wish or want to be a part of the efforts made
to keep us a free nation. Where does this leave us? I am not one looking forward to this answer. I am afraid that
my children will be faced with situations in which America as a nation may have to rebuild itself.
88 The loss of individual thought, creativity, and critical thinking skills. Technology tends to turn people into
unquestioning robots who rely on the media to tell them what to believe.
89 The one thing that concerns me the most about the future of people and society is how indolent "we" have become.
Our culture it seems has become complacent. It appears that the local, sate, and federal government will continue to
provide humanity no matter what the cost to the tax paying individuals who I will call the working poor. It is (in my
opinion) a vicious cycle that is a learned behavior which is passed from generation to generation and will
ultimately or inevitably lead to the demise of our social dominance and therefore filter consequently into public
education as well.
90 corruption of morals and values
91 Lack of education
92 As a whole, not willing to pay the price. No one is accountable for his/her actions
93 Good jobs!
94 People are getting lazy because everything has enhanced like internet and cell phones
95 Education-Because it is important to know about other cultures, religions, and past time (history). The more you know
the more experience you get about life. That means you are better prepared for your future and also peoples
future (to self).
96 Moral values concern me most about the future of people and society because many decisions are related to morals.
97 Society w/a crumbling family base
98 Lack of ability for people to except responsibility for their own actions or inactions.
99 Lack of morals and ethics in society…..it's like there's no sense of right and wrong for some peole anymore
100 Unwillingness to take the time required to understand issues and think about them critically.
101 Will we continue to have closed minds void of new ideas but filled with persecution for the untraditional?
102 Being culturally isolated and culturally uneducated.
103 People are growing more and more self-centered and selfish. I am concerned about the ability of others to
work together for the good of others.
104 Acknowledge of differences, and treaching without personal influences
105 Keeping education updated & connected to the marketplace.
106 Their attitude of "what's in it for me" as opposed to what can we do to help society as a whole.
107 The thing that worries me most is that societ is continuing to deteriorate, not get better; but I know this is
predicted in the Bible. People are continuing to become more immoral, self-centered, and unGodly. People
have moved away from the one true God and have accepted false teachings. I am more worried about the
external future of people, not earthly.
108 The amount immorality present.
109 Cultural diversity in the US and Keeping up with technological advances for all students of all grade levels.
110 The work ethics issue
111 Not enough emphasis is placed on educators anymore. America is falling behind.
112 Limiting the empact of our class system
113 Technology will be too far advanced for the average person. And society won't be able to keep up.
115 I would think that how insane people are today, we bomb threats & school shooting, It seems like everyday.
People killin kids I mean this stuff you hear on the news is just crazy. I guess if I had to pick one thing it would
have to be is the way people think.
116 How everybody is going to act and be successful in life. The generation now is crazy compared to my moms
age. Also, more and more males try to get by without jobs, and have somebody support them. It will hopefully
work out for everybody.
117 Some of the children that I receive in class should be more advanced in their studies. I think a lot of schools
are over crowded and under-funded not to mention a lot of students come from broken homes. I think all of
this plays a down roll part in public educaiton.
118 The ability to look beyond ones self.
119 To make sure that people of all cultures have an equal chance to learning the skills needed in a technological world.
120 People today believe that everyone owes them something and expect that things are given to them instead of
earning the items.
121 Accountability, lack of discipline
122 The lack of time management
123 We don't fully understand the consequences of our actions
124 Inadequate (representation of scientific information in the media)
125 violence with injustice
126 Academic standards are not high enough to prepare our high school graduates for higher education and/or a good
job with technology and problem solving demands. We have become lazy and expect every, instant solution
to our needs and wants.
127 Lack of obtaining formal educational for vocational education
128 Illegal immigrants holding back students because teachers are so concerned on them and they are being draining
on the classroom teacher.
129 Views of responsibilities, Nobody takes responsibility for their actions anymore. Everybody blames someone or something
else on their own actions.
130 Illegal immigrants not carrying their weight and draining the system.
131 Racism, I fell today society is multi-cultural and those who sit on the "stone age idea" of discrimination & racism will
132 Lack of accountability. Kids aren't respectful.
133 Growing acceptance of death and murder or violent crimes
134 The ability to get along with live peacefully amongst each other
135 With an educated population-it is good, however with global outsourcing; will we have jobs in America?
136 Not everyone is geared to be a "teacher". Focus on the basics, build to the specifics of honing a skill.
137 Our society is such a melting pot of people and we must be prepared and know how to work with students and
people from all cultures and what they bring to a classroom. (from a teacher's standpoint."
138 No Concerns
139 Lack of respect and general lack of care for other humans (re.others feelings, personal possessions, etc.)
140 Our children's education is not a priority of our government.
141 That society gets on better track and becomes concerned once again w/important things rather than the dumb things
that fill the news.
142 The technology is a huge issue. We need to be more involved w/technology because it is quickly
143 Their inability to effectively communicate with people who are "different" & their lack of value judgement.
144 I 'm concerned about people living in 3rd. World countries such as Africa who are uneducated. Illiteracy is a problem
today and I'm concerned about the future.
145 Lack of education in the advancement of technology
146 The lack of a moral and spiritual compass that guides every aspect for our world: education, politics, environment, etc.
147 Diminishing family values
148 their ability to co-exist peacefully
149 the lack of religious beliefs and the lack of service to others
150 maintaining a balance of new technology with previous methods
151 Will not be able to keep up with technology
152 People don't have the means ($ or education) to move forward effectively.
153 moral disintegration
154 funding fo rurban schools
155 Global Competition
156 no child left behind
157 Keeping technology ethical moral fine balance as well as cutting edge
158 That more people have become uninterested in furthering their educaiton
159 People not caring in futures or society, or themselves.
160 Lack of disapline & morals.
161 Our disposable mentality
162 They can't relate to one another. People in power have low expectations for certain groups of people, and this
will result in a sad society.
163 Peoploe are content with the way society is and does not plan to change it.
164 More and more high school students will drop out of school and not receive a high school diploma or GED
165 The one thing that concerns me the most is that more and more people are becoming of low economic status. Things
are becoming more expensive all the time and people are not able to afford the things they might need.
166 Society needs to slow down and not hurry through life.
167 The lack of morales. Teachers spend so much time dealing with student behaviors. Students will be steal and inflict pain on
other students and feel no remorse. They are able to look the teacher straight in the eyes and say they didn't do anything
wrong even when the teacher wittnessed the event. What is really sad is that there is no parental support in this area
(usually) leaving the teacher frustrated.
168 The family bond, are not like it was in the past, the cost of living being so high, both parents have to work, and they are not
spending enough quality time with their children, to help teach them basic skills, which start at home.
169 Education isn't a priority
170 People not keeping up with technologies
171 political influence interfering with teachers being able to teach.
172 Everyone being treated equally
173 Apathy and the "What have you done fo rme lately mentality". People should focus on the long range solutions facing our society.
175 The continuous decline of academic riger-especially in secondary ed.
176 People's tolerance of one another. We have to learn as a society to respect and appreciate each other's differences.
177 Well, as Jodi Foster replied in "Contact" (the movie) when asked if she had only one question for an alien society
it would be, "How did you make it without killing yourself?"=sustainability
178 The worlds limited resources are the fightings an wars to exploit these resources. The current ause will have major
effects on the world of tomorrow.
179 Environment and ethic issues
180 No Answer
181 No Answer
182 No Answer
183 No Answer
184 No Answer
185 No Answer
186 The lack of personal responsiblility
187 Health-Mental and Physical
188 The pace of keeping up-being coonnected 24/7-not a good thing. Too many stressed students, tachers, and society in general.
189 Our lack of taking personal resposibility for our learning, values, and decisions.
190 Lack of ed, especially basics, being overly reliant on technology
191 Taking responsibility for your own actions
192 I'm not sure. I guess making sure that everyone has an opportunity to suceed. So many people have to make education opportunities
available for everyone.
193 People are becoming lazy and don't want to work for anything. They want everything handed to them.
194 The speed at which technology is expanding. How does the common individuals cope/stay current?
195 Many people have little or no literacy skills. This has a negative impact on our society now so unless something is done, the problem
will only worsen.
196 No Answer
198 Competing with other countries in science & math technology
199 People's unwillingness to change and incorporate diversity into their lives. There must be a compromise about important issues, such as
language. There is such a negative reaction from the public about being a bilingual country.
200 The unwillingness to work hard to get ahead. Everyone wants to find the get rich or easy fix method.
201 Many people are ignorant, poorly educated and low literacy levels lead to societal problems and misunderstanding.
202 The thing that concerns me is education in the low income population. I don't feel the eudcation given to young people in public
schools that come from low income families are given the same opportunity and they are not pushed or motivated enough
to pursue a college degree.
203 The problem of homelessness in our society, lack of healthcare, lack of education in families.
204 People need to be educated in different ways. Different types of learners need ot be placed in appropriate settings and via
205 I am most concerned about the political problems our country is having. In a society that touts democracy the peoples needs
are at the whim of a small percentage of the populations as a whole. Assets are not well dispersed to the people.
206 The younger generation is so "me" oriented. (Selfish??) They have many high demands for what they are willing to do
or not to do.
207 Everything is so complex and fast paced that people don't "seem" to have time for each other, taking care of themselves,
resting, being healthy, & happy.
208 The growing amount of people that do not speak English and are therefore unable to communicate for the purpose of
education, healthcare, work, etc.
209 The cost and availability of education to all populations limits the further educating of all people to fill high need jobs.
210 The complete faith and reliance on technology and material gain.
211 Respect, self-discipline, honesty
212 The lack of resources for poverty families which includes educational sources.
213 The understanding of issues critical to daily functioning is society such as cultural competence & basic understanding
of world issues (global issues).
214 People now are looking out for number 1 and have no regard to those around them and will do anything to get to the top.
215 The lack of desires to change older ineffective way of doing things (example-paperwork for everything)
216 Our education level in regards to jobs, (i.e., people who complete college will get a job over a person who didn't attend
college) Availability of funds for school
217 The violence in American homes and inadequate knowledge and skills about how to raise children.
218 Society as a whole seems to be coming to a "Faithless", self-centeredness that is alarming. "It's all about me"
219 Lack of commitment to invest self in the learning process. Student want it to be easy and not to require much effort on
220 Our inability to compromise-I think our culture is more severely divided than at any time since the Civil War.
221 The lack of discipline
222 The lack of awareness of one's neighbor and their needs.
223 The issue that concerns me most is the decline in ethics across society, from business to government and law to personal
courtesy. This country is quickly becoming a nation of self-centerd, egocentric people. This stems (partially) from a fear
of teaching religious knowledge in public educational institutions (ethics are usually understood within the realm of religion).
While our country has been on this same path for quite some time, it is incredible that nothing has been done to remedy the
situation by teaching ethics in universities (even where it is offered, it is ussually discussed theoretically according to various
paradigms, rather than as a practical subject of personal growth leading to a better society).
224 Moral and ethical decline
225 Accountability for ones own actions toward society
226 Their lack of concern for others. That most young people feel they should be given so much and they do not want to work for it.
227 We rely on technology to much if something was to crash, no one would know how to manually do it.
228 The amount of people that drop out and never continue their education
229 People (other than caucasian) can not see the minority population as the majority now that it is,
everything is taught from a caucasian perspective instead of a cultural one.
230 No Answer
231 Keeping up with technology
232 The willingness of people and society to look the other way, instead of dealing with complicated issues,
such as homelessness.
233 Their teaching ethical values
234 The one thing that concerns me most about the future of people and society is the focus on self….my
rights, what I am entitled to have, and how are you interfering with that. We glorify the people in sports
and on the big screen, and don't notice the public servants. We hear advertising often on how I deserve
the best job, best makeup, best everything…and I think that has led to a sense of false entitlement.
235 The normal decay in our society will be our downfall as a nation. It is fostered by the media and enabled
by the internet. It's already out of control.
236 No Answer
237 Society endorses the thought that "its all about me" Our society is self-centered. If we don't use our
talents and help each other, our society will become ununified and fall apart.
238 I am most concerned about the lack of integrity in society. People do what they need to do because it is
a difficult world out there. Morals are rapidly decaying, and society easily blurs the line between black
and white. I hear that these characteristics have become the "standard" of our kids.
239 People are self-focused and completely independent of others. Decisions are made based on "what is
important to me" with little thought or concern of how it affects others.
240 People, as a whole, thinking "some one else will take care of everything". Or not being involved or
caring about what is going on outside "their world". If "it" leaves them alone, no reason to get involved.
241 Not only should we be teaching our children how improtant text book learning is but also how to
impact with others on a daily basis. Granted most of this should be taught at home but, we need
to instill ethics also.
242 The things which concerns me most in the extreme social and political polarization evident both in the
U.S. and in extremist groups around the world. I worry about the real lack of diplomacy and
compromise for the common good.
243 I really worry about how some of our students are raised. I come into contact with so many parents who
act like children. The students mirror their parent's behaviors. Many times the students who
misbehave in class, misbehave at home.
244 That they will not receive a good education.
245 The widening gap between the haves and the have nots.
246 The gap between people who use technology and the ones who don't .
247 Taking God out of the school systems
248 Everything we do these days leads to war.
249 Taking God out of everything
250 People, adults and children, need to be held accountable for their own actions. Society is too willing to
make excuses for behaviorable issues.
251 The fact that society seems to have lost the sense of American pride in all aspects of our lives & have
reported to an individualized way of thinkings.
252 To be able to think what is best for the majority of people instead of certain few.
253 The departure from the values and morals on which this country was founded.
254 Is individuals not expecting responsibility for their own mistakes and decisions
in this changing society with less morals.
255 The growing % of population that seem to expect more from the gov. eg. More ened for services
less people to pay for them.
256 The global diversity and how we will all communicate
257 World Economy
258 The lack of family and the hatrid eveyone has for one another. Today's society needs to understand the many difficulties
that are ahead of us, and how to resolve them.
259 Lack of responsibility and integrity
262 Society, and people need to focus upon helping students to ralize their potential and then work to achieve it.
Students must realize that they are important and working hard brings good consequences but a poor attitude
and work habits bring bad consequences.
263 Violence in schools & violence in general
264 Misunderstanding & mistrust
265 Public knowledge of critical issues in our society
266 As the cost of living rises, every day (fuel prices, utilities, etc. ) most people are going to be making enough
money to get by
267 lack of education on how to manage money & daily living
268 The break-down of the family unit and general decline of morals & values…Lack of respect for authority.
269 Lackof proper education leaves people ignorant and easy to influence regarding important public issues and politics.
270 keeping up with current technology
271 The lack of parent support in education today. When children are young, parents are willing to do anything and
everything to help with their hcild's education. As children get older parents start to slack off and that is when
you can see children's grades start going down. Children also seem to be less enthused about school.
272 Lack of moral values
273 world ethics
274 The lack of respect for each person as a unique individual who has something to share in society is a major concern.
275 What I see going on daily @ McClain
276 The negative influence of the family (home) on children which impacts the school which impacts their futures of
both the individual & society as a whole.
277 Loss of basic moral values, loss of hope. Life is not deemed as precious, and the lack of respect for all of life diminishes
278 No answer
279 Lack of respect for others. Growth of low educational standards for kids in proverty.
280 nations fighting nations
281 My main concern is the descrimination of racism in our society.
282 Lack of belief in the value of a strong education from today's students
283 No answer
285 No answer
286 Who will teach the future doctor lawyers and nurses because people aren't interested in becoming a teacher
287 The world today is becoming to accept the unacceptable
288 That they truly do not value basic education. They talk as if it is but they do not. When asked will say that they
are going on to further shooling. But they whimp out in a position to slow actions with not participating.
289 Beig able to educate and still stress the importance of ethics and character.
290 Is that people do not see that China & India & others are out proforming the U. S.
291 The lack of home training for our young people
292 Devloping a value for education in individuals. Life-long learners
293 The youth has become so brazen with their actions.
294 No respect, lower literacy skills, focused more on production outcomes rather than doing really good works-helping others.
295 Not enough of the younger generation seems to care enough about themselves or others because we as Americans
have drifted away from what is traditonal
296 The standards of educaiton-and life in general-are falling to an atrociously low level.
297 The lack of a religious life style becoming more common.
298 The lack of moral ethics and values
299 End of free public education as we know it, replaced with for profit education facilities. The quality of public schools to
give way to vouchers & outside pressures from business & government. An even bigger gap between the haves & haves not.
300 lack of education
301 A permanent "under class" of people who don't receive the education needed to succeed.
302 I see the issue of race becoming more of an issue. Steps are made to go forward buts comments from everyday
people shows a split and it is still there.
303 The threat of terrorism and mass shootings in public places.
304 The one thing that concerns me the most is that most kids these days are more into computer, games, xboxes,
etc. I believe that kids pay more attention to that type of technology then the technology to help them learn more.
The more they learn and try to better themselves the more profitible they would be to society.
305 That technology will wipe out any past times or conversation which doesn't include it.Liike having a conversation with a
person face to face instead of text messaging or writing a letter instead of an e-mail to someone.
306 The increasing moral decay of society. Specifically, parents who are either looking for or waiting for others to teach
their child/children the morals and values that they were given and know to be right and true. As parents we can not expect
our next generation to thrive and prosper on the morals and values established by the latest television shows, styles, and
hottest Internet sites. Yes, it does take a whole village to raise a healthy, moral, well-rounded person, so we need to
surround our children (and ourselves) with good people in the village but parents need to take on what "the village" can
not or will not provide.
307 The irresponsible work habits and lack of integrity in the work place. I.E. Doing things the right way regardless is anyone
is watching, doing things well-what happened to our sense of pride and accomplishments?
308 Dependance on technology
309 Lack of accountability
310 Generation Gap
311 The lack of basic parenting of children in the cause of students to come to schools with severe difficiencies that are very
very difficult to overcome.
312 Preparing people for work
313 Learning we are all in this together (globally). We need to be total acceptance of others and we all have value.
Acceptance of diverse culturals & religion.
314 The destruction of our environment
315 Lack of ambition and drive that a lot of our younger adults need to get up and do something positive with their life and
future. Nothing in this world is eassy and it takes a person with tough skin to suceed but at the end of the road its all worth it
316 What we (human) have done to our environment will (and is) coming back to haunt us. If we continue on this path, we
are sealing our own fates.
317 Losing our competitive edge compared to other countries. Our (US)education system is not producing the level of educ-
ated people as we once did. Lower test scores, & lower graduation rates.
318 Too me & materialistic focused-hedonistic
319 Uneducated prople with few jobs that can make them a living
320 Lack of understanding of needs of other people.
321 Technology is great but at the same time it is not due to people who scam and steal identities and interest predators.
322 Lack of Values
323 It appeaars to me that the older I get and the more people that I meet most people are so self absorbed and only
concerned with what is going on in their own little world, that what is going on around them doesn't fully register.-I worry
that the majority of people and society in general are like this-Also-the usuals-the fact that issues such as racism and
poverty are still alive and thriving bothers me. No matter how much "awareness" is put out there, ignorance still reigns supreme.
324 Lack of compassion
325 Affordable Higher Education
326 Lack of concern & care for each other
327 Everyone needs new ideas for education needs since now the world has new markets in other cultures.
328 Ethics & morales
329 Morals and values of society
330 Lack of discipline and our kids are not being raised by their parents.
331 The lack of work ethics, social skills, and communication is a real problem.
332 Moral Values. The way the children are being raised today with no respect and everything handed to them.
333 Standard of living for the next generation being unequal, middle class becoming a smaller group.
334 Lack of quality education
336 That we're getting dumber.
337 The rapid growth of technology and the varied technological knowledge levels of learners. This factor divides learners
and exhibits instructional abilities to individuals learning.
338 Dependance on natural resources
339 The influence of big business or powerful small internet groups on the American congress or political process.
340 For America to stay competitive in the global world that we live in today. Our economy and education must continue
341 (The interviewer wrote nothing)
342 Our ability to further meld into society that is more global.
343 The "me" society we are living in . We seem to be becoming a society that cares less & less for each other. We are
becoming a rude, self-centred society.
344 The inability & unwillingness of parents to allow teachers to manage their classrooms without their interference.
345 Desire to learn
346 Equality/justice in a global society
347 Lack of educational opportunities for all individuals
348 The lack of skills needed for effective communicating.
349 The economy; I am afraid only the wealthy will be able to educate their children.
350 Losing sight of what a great country America is and what it stands for.
351 How we will get along, if we have different races holding office in the white house or anywhere. Will racism grow worst,
if the opposers feel that the office holders is not doing a good job or even if he/she does will this not change their view
352 The government taking control of everyones lives
353 The lack of respect that is taught to the youth of today. I think this affects them in many different ways including their education.
354 Ethical and moral issues
355 Ecological health of the planet
356 Lack of Christian training in homes and then showing these attributes to other people in society.
357 Class differences-predjudice, not so much race differences, but class.
358 America is an individualist society. Our culture is permeated with I, Me, & you. At the same time, our society is given limited
definitions of success by our culture. The most common definition of success would most likely include wealth. These two
things are the ingredients for a greatly egocentric people. The focus is on advancing oneself. While advancing oneself is,
of course, not degraded has made us blind and numb to the needy. The richer we get the more distance we put between
ourselves and those who are labeled beneath us. It becomes harder for us to see poverty, we don't think about working class
single moms who turn to prostitution to feed their kids.If we don't see the boys beaten by alcoholic fathers attending schools
with no AC or fractures we don't think about justice for those kids………unless one of those kids steals your Ipod. The
problem I see is not those most capable of influencing, helping, supporting, and giving their time, money, or a vote are
immune or too distracted by luxuries to care.
359 People are losing their creativity and they are disinterested in learning new things.
360 No comment
361 There are too many to write-hunger, lack of energy resources, inhumanity of man, torture, terror, mass killings………..
362 In the attempt to make all people able to have access to opportunities we have changed the requirements needed to succeed.
Thereby "dumbing down" the very essence that made the opportunity attractive.
363 The direction it's (society) heading
364 The breakdown of the family unit has a major impact on society and the education of the next generation of parents & employees
365 Everyone working together in an ethical manner. The team all headed in one direction-to see that all kids become successful-
learn to be self-supportive, drug free, thoughtful. Etc.
366 They do not have proper manners and social skills. Schools do not teach moral choices.
367 Most people claim to be technologically savy but lack the skills necessary to continue with the changing world much less
create or change within it. Many students do not know as much as they could or should know about technology to stay
competitive in today's world that is beginning to revolve around technology (it is no longer a luxury for those who can afford
it) Is technology simply being used in a mechanical manner without understanding it in a theoretical manner? Is technology
a more declarative knowledge rather than procedural knowledge? Are we living up to our true academicc, technological
potential to stay skilled and competitive?
368 No on wants to be responsible for themselves.
369 Ailbity to compete in domestic & international markets.
370 Lack of consideration of other people's viewpointss/inability to view the same phenomenon from multiple perspectives.
371 That the poverty level will keep increasing and cause a vast array of problems in society. Which include crime rate, gang
violence, murder etc….Poverty is not what causes crime but what poverty brings is a feeling of outcast, rejection, and
hopelessness. Unless we can give children and others a sense to believe there is something for them they will have nothing
372 The lack of morality in society & the inability of public education to freely teach & enforce moral codes of conduct.
373 To be honest what concerns me most about the future is the decline of moral values and the lowering of the Judeo/Christian
ethical standard in favor of a humanistic worldview, which puts "self" above others and God.
374 What concerns me most is the lack of concern people have for moral and ethical behavior
375 ………..we take things for granted; too often we rely on new and upcoming technology in our society. It scares me to think
that someday we will rely on technological advances so much that we will digress in our understanding of the world.
If each new generation doesn't strive to make our world a better place and leave its mark, then the past and current
generations work may amount to nothing.
376 That humans will stop caring about others & that we will lose our connection with nature and other people.
377 We will have more aliens here and we'll all need to learn Spanish.
378 Society is very close-minded. Being close minded causes discrimination which in turn creates feal of being accepted. If
you have fear in being accepted by society, then you have fear in moving forward. (i.e."Teacher hates black people (assump-
tion) so he/she is going to fail me, so why even try?")
379 Lack of support from the community for better public schools.
380 The future of people and our society is threatened by the human nature & fight, the length of time it takes for individuals
or/and groups to learn from past mistakes, and our inability to understand that God is God regardless of the name used.
381 My concern is that we gain a higher standard of morals. Parents aren't teaching children right from wrong and treating human
life as a high importance. Our schools have more and more discipline problems without parental guidance. Education begins
382 I have to select two-lack of high society to a visual society. Lack of expectation is so rampant that it's actually news when
a company or group wants to move from "good to great". The quest for excellence used to be the norm. Now it's the expectation
As for our conversion to a visual society, the brain of readers develops differently than the brain of a watcher. Our traditions
are based on literacy-but we see our traditions eroding. Is it any wonder?
383 Increase in mental health & substance abuse on society at large at lack of ability to treat those who need counseling.
384 Our government and how they use tax payers dollars.
385 When people are given to them scholarships and chances to get there education and throw it all away because they
don't have a positive attitude they want to achieve there goals.
386 That everyone receives an equal opportunity to learn and receive an education.
387 One thing that concerns me most about the future of people and society is disrespect of eudcation students of all ages in
the way that most believe the government owes them instead of people trying to figure out for themselves that they can get
what they need by asking, working, or seeking a way that is productive.
388 The need for higher education to be attainable to all.
389 Crime (violence, stealing)
390 The wasteful attitude many have. I am concerned that Americans do not conserve our resources and feel that will always
391 "Common Sense" is not so common.
392 That there will not be enough health food, water, and energy to provide for everyone.
393 My biggest concern may be the seeming lack on many people's part to make responsibility for his/her actions, education
394 People are for themselves and blame others for their actions. There is no responsibility. There is no tolerance for each other.
395 As an educator dealing with information literacy, I believe funding of technology so that students have access to current
methods & can be competitive in a global society, is the biggest problem.
396 Decline of morals and values.
397 The importance of high morals & ethics., The christianity & God are being removed from the fore front of our nations
398 Increasing the number of college educated citizens who can communicate effectively, perform math skills, understand
a global economy, and who can problem solve. All levels of education contributes to the development of their skills and to
instilling a desire for continuing education throughout a lifetime.
399 Treating future generations that enjoys life as we know it today (education, quality of life, family values, & affordable
400 Violence-between different ethnic groups and between any group.
401 People who are not seeking out information to become better prepared on topics such as organic. More students are going to
college but the public is becoming more dependent on the media to tell them what to think on topics.
402 That our continuing reliance & obsession with new technology-email, cell phones, blackberries etc., will make us more & more
socially isolated from each other as people.
403 As a society we are becoming fatter and dumber. We are working harder and longer for less due to the lack of proper education.
If these trends continue the days of the 5 day work week will be gone. I am concerned that quality of life will decline, people
working 6 or 7 days per week just to make ends meet.
404 How fast paced everything is moving. With the internet and technology rapidly growing, kids become glued to the television and
computers instead of playing outside and learning social skills. Fast food restaurants provide a quick alternative to a healthy meal,
causing obesity and rising health issues in America, ultimately causing health insurance to sky rocket. And money hungry, fast
paced big businesses are pushing the small ones out of business and replacing customer satisfaction with convenience.
405 Global catastrophe brought on by "perfect storm" of ignorance, incompetence, and indifference by nation-states in response to
406 I am most concerned about the quality of parenting and education children are receiving from their parents and caregivers between
birth and age 10. It is unfair and unrealistic for teachers to be held responsible for teaching children social and behavioral skills
that should have been taught by parents.
407 It seems that the value and importance of education have been undervalued. I believe that education is a long-term and durable
investment for our future and it brings much higher returns than any other investment. Often, however we look for something quick
409 I am concerned about children being skipped/promoted to the next grade and they can't read.
410 Is equal opportunity to everyone, no more race, color, or etc. background
411 Closed minds, that do not look at all sides of issues and how responses relates.
412 Will we be prepared to compete with the rest of the world?
413 How people and societies can remain competing for the ever scarce resources without trampling on each other.
414 We seem to be losing our basic manners. People treat each others horribly and it is considered normal.This really
scares me about where we are headed.
415 The gap in skill levels where technology is concerned.
416 Students and their families who cannot afford a higher education. In most cases poor education or lack of education
leads to no or low paying jobs.
417 No choice in personal & private matters because of government/standardization of health, education, income, etc.
418 Lack of motivation
420 The dependence the students currently have on their parents, which translates to a dependency issue in college.
421 That the trend in society is for people to not have to pull their own weight. It is socially acceptable for people to live off
other peoples hard work.
422 The shifts that is about to change the competitive edge between nations due to globalization anything other than the people
can be replicated therefore we are only separated by knowledge.
423 The reliance on technology and how this is removing human knowledge/practice from everyday life, possibly leading to a
loss of skills. Eg satellite navigation and the loss of the skill of reading a map
424 Stability of society and economics.
425 Energy Resources
426 The inability to do what is right (ethically)dispite what that could do to your social status, future recommendations or
427 The influence that pop culture has on younger children.
428 Not being able to think critically or problem solve effectively.
429 Technology skills are inadequate not everyone understands technology bit everyone needs too! The world is all about
technology but some do not want change.
430 The lack of discipline in the educational system.
431 Lack of technical training
432 Technology is evolving at a much faster rate than educational facilities adopt it. Higher-ed seems to be far behind when
it comes to careers and training in technology. Show me a good BA program for my technical industry, and I'll get a 4 yr.
433 The fact that the government will change laws and rules that affect EVERYBODY whenever it is just one person who is
throwing the fit about the situation at question. An example, everything has to be re-written in Spanish (If you are
going to live here, learn to speak our language.) It is okay for everybody to have a voice and an opinion, but we shouldn't
constantly change our country for the minority groups.
434 The breakdown of peoples involvement in society & their communities. I believe that people don't have a sense of
obligation to serve their communities of fellow man that they once had.
435 The lack good character in current generations.
436 We are at the beginning of a changing of the guard, so to speak. The values and beliefs of the current generation
in power seems to be drastically different than that of the next generations, in terms of the workplace, social awareness,
and environmental. A struggle exists currently between where we are and where we'll be headed in the next 15 yrs.
437 Lack of adequate and equitable funding/education for all communities, inner cities with majority populations continue to
post low graduation rates and even lower post-secondary rates. With our country moving toward higher percentages of
minority citizens, our current structure may not educate enough students prepared for technological careers that require
high levels of math and science.
438 The fact that racism still in affect and most of America doesn't even know their racist.
439 The family unit
440 Deterioration of education and rise of crime
441 All technology does away with human contact. I believe people need people not all machines
442 Not being able to deal with the "haves" and "Have Nots". We will always have those who achieve through hardwork
luck, inheritance, etc. Not being comfortable with the idea that others may have more or less and that "instant gratification"
is the motivation for the perfect world to be as one vs. somewhat of a concern to me. Evaluating choices & decisions and
learning to deal with them until new opportunities or choices are made available would enhance the future of people &
society for incorporating this idea through education.
443 The attitude that people have about other people. For instance, people who do not know someone do not care for the
people whom they do not know. Their attitudes are generally reckless to other people's problems.
444 That people are being conditioned to think it is okay to be lazy and get things done only on their own timelines. This
is not practical when society does not accept a "whenever" attitude.
445 Life is pulling away from the family. If we lose the family we will lose society.
446 Loss of Values
447 The direction technology is going in isolates people from one another more with each new advancement. Moving
forward is good and technology continues to make the lives of people better, but humans are social creatures
and we need to make sure we don't allow technology to completely isolate us from each other.
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Question 10 The one thing that concerns me most about the future of education is
1 It is becoming to basic & generic
2 Adequate funding, for meeting the needs of each individual students so data can drive the instruction where
each child can reach their potential.
3 The fact that there is no investment made in most homes by parents for students.
4 The individual needs are always met.
5 Federal Legislation
6 Being able to teach those that are not willing to learn
7 The negative mind set that government, education, and employer owes the individual in lieu of the individual
working hard to be successful within the education process, contributing employee, and giving back to society.
8 If education does not keep up with new technology, what will the future of America do when it’s students are
not able to continue to progress. Perhaps there will not be adequate funding to provide the necessary technology
for students, or students will not be able to afford to go to the best university they qualify for because they will not
get scholarships based on academics since we give so much money to minorities.
9 What a pity that entertainers and athletes are handsomely rewarded for their endeavors, while educators receive
minimal rewards for their labors. There must be adequate funding for education on all levels, in order to attract the best
and the brightest and to offer a nurturing environment to the students.
10 The pervasive belief that our current method of rewarding grades reflects the knowledge in ability of the students.
A student’s grade in any class may reflect to some degree a mastery a knowledge-but it also reflects-among other
things-the students ability to play the “public school system”.
11 The apathy & lack of work ethic exhibite3d by our students
13 Funding, politics
14 Education will become very expensive, only the have will be able to enjoy it.
15 Literacy of all students
16 What a pity that entertainers and athletes are handsomely rewarded for their endeavors, while educators receive
minimal rewards for their labors. There must be adequate funding for education on all levels, in order to attract
the best and the brightest and to offer a nurturing environment to the students.
17 It will fall behind of what is needed.
18 The applicability of what we learn in the classroom-how can I use it in the real world? Many times there are gaps
between theory and real-world scholars.
19 The cost of College
21 How expensive it is
22 The high importance of test skills. Since we are putting more emphasis on high test skills, we are leaving
out imagination. The schools teach memorization now to get the high scores and the teachers have no time left
for creative work.
23 That education is not affordable to the average person. The cost is substantial and it takes years to pay back student
loans. Often people make it through college and then are unable to find jobs that pay adequate enough to repay
their student loans.
24 If teachers will become obsolete?
25 No answer
26 Political & corporate influences, when politicians & corporation (which are tied together) begin to affect education,
the results are often negative. Those that do not understand education are too often left deciding what programs
& schools receive funding.
27 New fangled educational theory scares me.
28 I believe children have many stresses nowadays and they do need “down” time-time for recess and play when they’re
young and athletes, etc. as they get older. I do believe we should start very early with more difficult math training and
foreign languages as learning happens much easier at early ages. I believe it is so important to have good teachers
that can teach well while also being respectful of children and taking note of the stresses they have nowadays.
We need to attract more good teachers with higher pay!!
29 People don’t seem to know much nowadays. They don’t retain info. that they have learned because of lack of sleep
or moving too fast in classes. Also, the ridiculous concerns about evolution/creation. It was not an issue before.
30 The lack of support by society for public education.
31 The never ceasing additions to educational mandates-i.e. No Child Left Behind, that never receive adequate funding.
32 Students today do not take responsibility for their actions. More and more each year the numbers of students that
blame circumstances or others for their failure increases. Their future is in their hands. Education must teach students
to take responsibility and face consequences.
33 How to motivate students that don’t want to put forth any effort.
34 Lowering standards to increase rates instead of challenging students to meet higher standards.
35 A lower level of excellence achievement in an effect to accommodate everyone in one educational model. Resulting
in some not given the opportunity for advance thinking and others not receiving alternative learning opportunities.
36 Lack of funding and improvement of instruction. Teachers are limited in what they are able to teach, and I feel many
teachers limit themselves because of this.
37 Without an educated population, the country will become unsustainable.
38 Under payed teachers
39 The ever lowering standards-students just want to get their job done. They no longer try to give their best.
40 Lack of focus on the student and the need to continue finding ways to cram as much information into a single class
41 The thing that concerns me the most about the future of education is: the reliance on test scores as a master
of teachers’ effectiveness as well as students measure of knowledge. Test scores don ot reveal the whole pictures.
42 That education will become 100% vocational and totally cease to be humanistic.
43 The perception by many in the general public that education under mines their personal values & religious stand points.
44 The growing price of higher education.
45 Those who cannot afford the technology being left behind.
46 Don’t forget the basic 3. 1) Reading, 2) Wrighting, 3)Arithmatic
47 That the public school system only push people through. A public school high school diploma is not worth much anymore.
48 As started in the prior question, education costs are increasing for continuing education. The education costs are
increasing but most of the time students are not receiving what we have paid for. Computers are broken or there
isn’t many to serve all students.
49 The urgency for all of society to remain current with ideas, technologies, etc, without all having the necessary
opportunities, skills & understanding needed in an ever changing/demanding future.
50 Teaching toward mediocrity aiming for the middle and leaving those exceptional ability “out”-unless they have
resources to “buy into” education.
51 The cost will be too high for most. The middle class will be left out because the poor can get financial aid U
the rich can pay for it. So if you have a guy with middle class income and average grades, he won't stand a chance
to get higher.
52 Not meeting the learning needs of a diverse society.
53 Increased compensation in state system & lack of government financing
54 The closing of fine institutions do to limited funding.
55 The responsibility put on educators to raise children.
56 The inability of educational institutions to change quickly enough to meet a changing economic and cultural environment.
57 Cerating technology rich-"culturally responsive" teaching that promotes community-centered instructional strategies.
58 The standards that the children that have been raised in and those that are being raised in the above stated
conditions in which they might shape in the ethics and quality and content of our educational system environment.
59 Making education affordable and accessible to anyone desiring to better themselves. The cost of education
keeps increasing to the point that people cannot afford it.
60 People not understandign all the new technology and how it works.
61 That we will be educating young people in America in 2 or more languages. Kids in America should educate-
right always in English.
62 The influence of special interest groups that seem to drive everything.
63 In all my life (but certainly less as time has passed) there has never been enough collective will and purpose to
fund education. Educators should not have to spend one penny of their own money for anything related to their
work. As the saying goes; "It will be a good day when education will have enough money and the military will
have to have a bake sale to buy a bomer." (something like that)
64 The way education is presented, and how we could learn from it.
65 Disconnection from the industry if happens.
66 No Answer
67 No Answer
68 No Answer
69 With globaliztion and massive outsourcing of US industries and services to overseas, it does not seem that
our educators had come to term with what is needed for our curent and future generation to compete and sustain
superiority in this new emerging market.
70 Lack of governmental funds to provide a true public educational system
71 Not enough funding
72 Equal access of quality education for every student
73 The disparity between social classes and the relative funding for educaiton concerns me right now. In the future, it would be
in society's best interest to level the educational playing field, providing equal opportunitis for less fortunate and
demographics. Increasing educational opportunities for less fortunate students and demographics. Increasing educational
opportunites is cricial if we desire to maintain our quality of live and socioeconomic status on a global scale.
Wow. And an educated workforce is the best way to maintain a stable, competitive economy. We need to raise
educational standards and opportunities for everyone to keep up with the rest of the world.
74 Some will not be able to learn because of the new technology & not being expose to it early in lower education.
75 Teaching to tests rather than focusing on learning.
76 Focus on quantitive measurement of qualitative outcomes.
77 There is too much emphasis placed on studying to make the grade and pass a test but little emphasis on
learning and application.
78 The fact that every child still cannot get equal educational opportunities.
79 The immorality of society will control what teachers teach.
80 How focused we are on teaching to the tests this eliminates creativity and a broader understanding of things for kids.
81 Mainstreaming (inclusion) of special needs students.
82 People will be advanced through educaiton without the knowledge they need to succeed.
83 With the rise in technology I feel that the "classroom" will become obsolete. Just as the record was replaced with the CD.
Children and adulots alike will sit in front of a computer to do school work and miss out on the socialization of the
84 Not enough teachers too much sports.
85 I believe people are getting more knowledgable with time, but with technology becoming more and more advanced, it
could eventually take over and leave people with fewer job opportunities.
86 Technology. I believe education will be taught through technology. I am concerned for lower-class students
who do not own computers and who may not be very computer literate and how they will obtain computers,
and how well they will be taught to use the ones they have access to
87 Schools trying to keep up with the no child left behind regulations. The regulations do not take into
consideration that educators can not make a sudent successful. They can provide them with the best
tools to be successful, the ultimate choice to be successful is up to the individual.
88 The rules, regulations, and red tape that educators and administrators are forced to follow.
89 Public Education is one of the last remaining anchors that hold our society together. However, it is
now being exhausted as one of the very few ways to provide accountability to a nation who demands
reform. Politicians who know that poverty, welfare, unemployment, illegal immigrants, gangs, drugs,
violence and social tolerance for all the previously mentioned have left them with only one means of accountability
and eventual reform of the social order (THE TEACHER). The ones that are thanked and paid the
least yet criticized the most.
90 Learning higher education with lots of knowledge and no job or people skills
91 The rising cost. Also the lack of fundamentals in the lower grades
92 Watered down education
94 The way certain subjects are being taught.
95 Culture, history
96 How much education will induce a decision to learn more, developing curiosity.
97 Helping students understand what is ethically and morally right when they have no role models…
except computer games
98 The widening gap between "the haves" and "have nots", especially reflected to their ability to access
technology (i.e. computers, on-line learning, the internet, etc.)
99 I'm concerned that teachers just aren't passionate about what they're teaching-if they're not excited
about learning, then why should the students be excited?
100 Pressure to measure 'accountability" on short-term scales, when the greatest pay-off of a fine education
takes years to realize-as students use their education, continue to grow, and refine their understanding
of what they're learned.
101 Will we be able to afford it? Tuition cost go up every year and there are those that do not have the option
of financial aid and when we graduate & get our degrees, will our training have been adequate?
102 Trying to adopt education systems of other countries like England. America is known for its unique
103 In concerned about the quality of teachers being trained to teach. The focus of society is wealth;
being a teacher isn't the way to achieve this! Therefore, fewer and fewer are teachers and those that
are are largely unmotivated.
104 Acknowledge of differences, and teaching without personal influences
105 Not enough & students show interest in science & engineering
106 How legislation mandates, thus limits, how and what is being taught.
107 The thing that worries me most about the future of education is tha tAmerican education is falling behind the rest of
the world. Americans see primary school as an obligation, not an opportunity. Primary school is not an
opportunity. Primary school is not challenging enough to students, and often teachers are not fit to teach.
Education is becoming a joke in America.
108 Lack of stress of importance of education in the development of society.
109 Making education available for all ethnic groups
110 Too many unfunded mandates from State/Fed. Government
111 I don't think it is changing as fast as the world is changing
112 Staying current with the needs of the private population
113 Not enough people will be properly educated to fulfill higher level job skills.
115 Funding I guess would be the main priority
116 I hope that it gets better and better. The young generation, it's already tougher for them to graduate,
but its good. I hope when my kids are in school it's more strick, and not so laid back. Make them all realize
it not easy.
117 Some of the children that I receive in class should be more advanced in their studies. I think a lot of schools
are over crowded and under-funded not to mention a lot of students come from broken homes. I think all of
this plays a down roll part in public educaiton.
118 The talent to relate to the student's because people don't care how much you know, until they know that you care.
119 The quality of an online education
120 People today rely on technology too much (i.e. spell checker, calculator, etc.) On the high school level and
basic college level these should not be allowed so the student can demonstrate he or she can perform the work.
121 The cost-funding
122 Trying to service all students from IEP to college bound in the same classes.
123 Teachers are being forced and rewarded by teaching for the test.
124 Parents wanting teachers to be babysitters but then get rude at what teachers do.
125 equity of resources
126 In addition, we need to provide for early learning success, with emphasis on core subjects needed for our
technological world. Early primary students who are not succeeding with reading and math should receive
127 Lack of vocational education and teaching of trade (plumbing, heat and air conditioning)
128 The mandates from no child left behind is leaving some children behind and causing them to drop out of
high school because of the EOC tests and higher levels of math that are being rquired for all studens.
129 Teachers not saying there are right and wrong answers. A lot of teachers are getting away from grading systems.
Children need to realize that there are right and wrong answers and that not everyone can be on the same level.
130 Lack of parental supervision and home life for kids
131 The Teachers
132 Lack of Funding
133 Uneducated parents
134 The cost of schooling.
135 The cookie cutter method of educations. If you don't fit the mold, you can't be a good student
136 Lack of diversity in learning basic skills. Technology is important, however a graduating senior
should know how to balance a check book, fill out a basic tax form, apply for a job, sew on a button, plan-prepare
for a nutrious meal, etc.
137 We are still currently teaching students in the same way teaching began back in the day of the little red
school house. Students need to have learning experiences where they are allowed to experience many
ways of learning rather than just setting at the desk and listening to a teacher lecture.
138 Learners want convenience and we need to ensure that distance learning is engaging collaborative
and effective. (high quality)
139 not being competative with other country's Japan, England, etc.
140 It is not important to our government
141 Being able to provide adequate teaching methods for students to earn & understand what they are doing.
142 I hope that teachers will realize the studetn's need someone who cares. I believe the teachers should help
every child, especially those w/a disability.
143 Society's lack of focus on the educational system needs.
144 Schools that don't receive proper funding to provide the students with technology.
145 Lack of funding to support the growing number of students
146 The lackof moral & spiritual compass leads to a thought process of inclusion, acceptance, tolerance, etc.
It is more important to teach affective, basic education than to worry about hurting feelings, taking care of every
individual "need", etc.
147 catering to minority interest
149 the level of discipline in the classroom
150 loosing focus on arts being integrated in to other areas-too many requirements for students to meet
151 It won't be good, people won't do it
152 Our teachers, schools, & districts are not prepared and other (space-buildings, sports, teachers needs) take a
153 Student's learning will be neglected due to incorporation of too many stimuli.
154 funding for teacher pay
156 quality teachers
157 The lack of investment! Money spent on education!
158 It might not be able to keep up with the changing times.
159 lack of discipline @ home and in classes.
160 The lack of education the changing technology, especially, with older students returning back to school .
161 Inequalities in the delivery system of education to the masses
162 87% of elementary teachers are white females from rural areas
163 Educators are not teaching what is required and are expecting less than adequate results from students.
164 Universities will offer more totalling online degrees with no hands on instruction. A student will be
able to earn a degree in the medical field with no hands on clinical experience required.
165 What concerns me the most is that there are parents who won't get involved in their child's educaiton. I believe
that if a parent does not show interest in their child's learning than their child will not show interest in wht they re learning.
166 It will get harder and people will not attend school.
167 The focus being on test scores. I do believe that student achievement needs to be monitored but not the the extent
that the administrator and teachers are fearful. More and more emphasis is on test scores which are limited to
teachers accountabilitty. (no stress there!) And even to consider teacher pay being linked to studetn
test scores (pay for performance) is ludicrous to me. How many more hoopes must we jump through?
168 Every one have different needs, and some may not catch on as fast as others. If there's something maybe through
technology, where a person can go to in the privacy of there own home, like reading course's and tutoring,
This can be a comfort for those with low self-esteem.
169 More and more individuals are getting degrees in education that have no desire to teach.
170 Technology will make classroom teachers obsolete. Children will learn over the internet.
171 Enough funding for any person seeking education.
172 All students earn the same education
173 We will eventually run out of our resources (teachers, people, etc) to groom the future generation.
174 Government getting too involved.
175 Having properly trained administrators and teachers.
176 NCLB and the idea that there is one education for everyoe. It is not possible to mass educate.
A standardized test is not the be all, end all. We have to learn how to educate individuals.
177 Lack of Engineers/Technically qualified personel
178 The generalize nature of traiing and education, one size fits all. A higher degree of specialization needs to
re-emerge, specifically in tech fields. Science, engineering, mathmetics, etc.
179 The university loses itself, and loses its essense. The major function of a university is to educate, but it has now a
inclination to administration, and business life.
180 No Answer
181 No Answer
182 No Answer
183 No Answer
184 No Answer
185 No Answer
186 The reduction of recurrent annual funding. Taxes (Dependable) vs Lottery (variable)
187 A good learning environment
188 Letting the government dictate & mandate initatives & not giving the money & tools necessary to achieve NCLB
189 Value for the cost
191 It won't be able to keep up with the rapidly changing employment environment
192 Funding for up-to-date technology and for schools in general. Also competing with new programs offered like online high schools.
193 We are focusing too much on kids of lower skills for learning and forgetting about the ones of higher educaiton.
194 The disparity between expectations (local, state, fed) vs. funding.
195 Funding. I'm concerned that maybe our public schools are not receiving enough funds to help with literacy and other
academics. For higher education, it seems that tuition continues to rise. So, is a college education going to be for
only a few people?
196 No Answer
197 The lack in funding to higher education and the high cost to attend.
198 Lack of adequate funding for programs (Phys. Ed., Art, Music, Theatre) & teacher salaries to keep & maintain quality people.
199 Access! I hate that I will have so much debt when I graduate but at the same time, loans were my only option to
continue my education. Some people want quality for loans and may feel they have no possible way to get a higher ed.
200 People wanting an easy fix. They don't want to put in the time and effort to get the job done. Student put the respon-
sibility of learning on being spoon fed by the teacher and not doing there part. Students also have no problem signing an
honesty policy and cheating on the test.
201 It seems that the public education system is a mess and overall flawed and ineffective. We are taxed more and everything
we vote on is advertised "for the kids" but the money is spent ineffectively and doesn't ever seem to alleviate the problems.
202 I feel like with the tuition increases that many people who would like to attend do no have the income to do so.
So in turn, they either get a minimum wage job or not. I think higher education is very important, and there should be
more programs like the OHLAP program that encourages and promises a college education.
203 Education must be more valued in society so that we have qualified intelligent workforce in the future. Teachers need to
be paid more income in the future. The USA is falling behind other countries in the knowledge & skills.
204 Primary and secondary schools need to have adequate funding for various programs.
205 The continuing teacher shortage, low wages for college professors and decreasing importance of educaiton in
207 The cost- It should not cost so much to educate people-education is such a wonderful thing & so many cannot afford it.
208 The ratio of teaches to students in classrooms.
209 Cost of Educaton
210 The potential for becoming completely tech oriented.
211 Not all educational institutions are teaching valuable material. Students do not learn enough in school to be
competent citizens, they mostly learn through other environments.
212 Children not receiving the education they need because of the lack of money in the education system.
213 Quality education for all persons.
214 Small town children will be left behind due to a lack of resources and interested educators who will receive better
pay & benefits in a larger town.
215 Not trying to meet individualized learning needs of students.
216 Children aren't being challenged & education programs aren't keeping up with society's increasing knowledge
217 The use of the English language. People can't spell or write a complete sentence.
218 We (educators) are pressed to accept negative attitudes, discourteous & rude behavior, & sometimes
threatening situations from students because we are instructed to treat them as a name & not a number & keep
219 We will "sell out" to the prssure to generate enrollment dollars; we will sacrifice quality to gain additional income.
220 The large numbers for whom it seems irrelevant (>50% high school drop-out rate in urban settings.)
221 That the youth of today don't feel that an education is important.
222 The division between those who can afford a better education and those who can not.
223 Currently, a person can receive an education and still be ignorant. Right now our universities are great at teaching
subjects, but poor at instilling an integrative knowledge that allows a person to understand the world and live
effectively in it. In the future, education needs to have a more holistic approach, not simply through more courses
but through interaction with other freshman (upon entering) and seniors (nearing graduation). This interaction
would be based on the most important things in life; religion, family, ethics, etc. Through discussions, students
would be able to integrate the acknowledge they have accumulated and have a sense of growth through their
experience. It would be wonderful if colleges could stimulate critical thought concerning one's worldview
and how it has eveolved/changed throughout one's educational experience. Critical thinking has long been
overlooked in modern education, and it is something that should be reintegrated if we want to raise generations
of educated (not simply knowledgeable) individuals.
224 time taken away from classroom teachers for other activities
225 Expectations of small percentage of parents is increasing into a larger percent each year. They want their
children to be prepared for life but do not expect them to make enough sacrafices from recreational
times and activities
226 Having enough funding to provide schools with manpower and materials to educate the students.
227 The fact that physical education is being limited. In many places children only attend school for these
activities and if they are removed children will have no ambition to go to school.
228 Meeting individual learners needs
229 That people seem to think that (trade) technical schools are more valuable than higher education now.
230 no answer
231 Teachers that make learning fun
232 The new mandates and laws that are being passed by our government, that put tight regulations on teachers & schools.
233 A teacher pushing their beliefs on students.
234 The one thing that concerns me most about the future of education is a loss of connection with the students and
a disrespect of students for their teachers.
235 The definition of an educated student has been narrowed down to mean one who can pass a test. The test
pressures have caused teachers' & parents' focus to be too small. Tests are fine when used as one measure
of student's success. Today the student, the teacher, the school, & the entire district are evaluated & defined
on the basis on test scores. We need to have a higher view of education.
236 The thing that concerns me the most is that public educators are more caught up with technology and funding &
political correctness while the educational needs of individual learners are not being adequately met. They
believe more money & technology are the answers. The basics have always worked well! While technology &
funding are important, that will never address the emotional & physical needs that many students have. One
other concern is that many teachers are under so much pressure for their students to perform well on the
standardized tests that they spend a majority of time "teaching to the test".
237 It is not valued as it should be. It seems to become less and less important, especially to the students.
238 Concerning the future of education, I am most apprehensive about the lack of interest and passion in
our students, we can not force them to learn, and when we try, we just produce kids who spit back answers.
I desire that we as educators might guide their existing interests and develop their special talents.
239 Because of the lack of discipline in students and the inability of teachers to deal consequentially with
the students, less learning is talking place. I fear the effect of education is declining and will continue to.
240 Not enough teachers in classroom. Too many students for one teacher to make certain the students,
each, understand the subjects.
241 We are basing what our children all learning on how well they can take a test. Not all children are
good test takers but really do know the information if they were asked in a "different manor. While
others may be able to score well by guessing. This does not give a fair evaluation of the intelligence of our children.
242 I worry about the move toward valuing standardized testing as, not just one method of evaluating student
achievement, but the only method.
243 I want our students to become advanced in their uses of technology, but I don't want them to rely too much on
technology. Students must be able to think for themselves. I am also concerned with parenting. In my experience
parenting has become too lax. There are more and more parents who don't seem to care bout what
their kids are doing.
244 Whether or not we will have educators capable of doing a good job. I've seen too many teachers who
do not have a clue as to what they are doing.
245 The possibility of restricted access i.e., education for the elite and financially independent.
246 The money
248 That more and more kids these days aren't making educaiton their top priority.
249 Having a safe learning environment
250 Our leaders at the state and federal level not taking into consideration the needs of all the people, U.S.
citizens, when making decisions. There is a difference in small town schools and large schools that needs
to be addressed.
251 Cutting the arts out of school systems when it is obvious how important they are to the development of children.
252 The ability to keep up with the advance in technology
253 Our ability to attract certain qualified, motivated instructors.
254 Technology & education changing at a higher pace than state gov. can not keep up with financially
255 W/o significant movement toward implementation of things research shows that we need to do eg. (1) lecture
is the poorest way to present material for learning-still most used method of teaching (2) electronic methods
will keep us from having to build more compuses, bldgs. Etc., -more campuses now than before
256 The quality of education
257 Lack of Funding
258 Education must stay in the forefront of today's problems. If it does not, where will our thinkers, inventors and
caregivers come from?
259 Lack of responsibility shown by parents, as well as students, for educational gains.
261 Meeting the needs of all learners. So many teachers stick to one style of teaching rather than using
different styles to meet all students needs.
262 The restrictions put on teachers by "no child left behind" has made it very difficult to reach the very slow
students. The goal is that all students will pass these standardized tests. The problem is that many
students lack the skills, motivation & family support necessary to be successful on these tests.
263 Keeping students in school. The government should mandate when & for what reason you can drop out of school.
264 government mandates
265 Educational opportunity
266 Education needs to focus more on technological skills and training to prepare people for our evolving society
267 The cost of eduation
268 Increased state/federal mandates w/o appropriate funding
269 Lack of funding and available teachers will cause greater strain on the teachers we do have and the students
270 not keeping up with foreign technology
271 All of the children are coming into school totally different levels. Some of the children are coming into school
ready to read. Others are coming to school not knowing the letters in their name.
272 lack of ability to discipline
273 student effort
274 Educators do not really have a passion for children
275 What I see going on daily @ McClain
276 The negative influence of the family (home) on children which impacts the school which impacts their futures of
both the individual & society as a whole.
277 Most educators need help, and to address all current social, monetary & state requirements for all students
so that all individual learners keep on task, will take more manpower.
278 Student discipline without backing from front office
279 large number of non-graduating high school=no jobs=crime=cost to society of imprisonment of their students
280 Additional stress of the educator constantly trying to meet additional demands
281 the quality of eduction seems to be going down hill.
282 Concentrating on meeting federal and state regulations may detract from covernig some concepts in-depth
283 no answer
285 no answer
286 Are we adapting to the change culture. Will we meet the needs of a diverse population?
287 Education is always under-funded
288 It needs to be available outside the traditional school.
289 Lack of reading skills.
290 Having high school students fail in higher ed.because they were not prepared….just passed on
291 Not serving all students to best of our ability as a district
292 Hooking students to see that they learn & want to learn
293 The lack of opportunites the students are given.
294 Special Ed students, specifically studens with learning disabilities, falling through the cracks and not getting
295 Too many tachers are out to get a check, and really don't want to take the time to educate. It is easier for
them to send a student out of their classes than to try to educate that child.
296 It will keep declining in quality. In public policy there are too many "no" answers and very few "Yes" answers.
Educational standards are dropping, and in turn, teacher quality is dropping.
297 The lack of religious influence on education
298 Inadequate funding for special programs such as theatre, music, and the arts.
299 Lack of qualified teachers applicants to fill vacancies
300 more focus on individual learning requirements
301 Education is not focused on learning the material. Too many distractions and survival issues.
302 funding; available to keep the teachers, getting new teachers and funding for students to go to college.
303 The inability to fire incompetent instructors due to union influences.
304 The one thing that concerns me the most about future education is that if the teachers don't keep it interesting
to keep the students attention that the education of our future will go down. I also believe that if we don't keep up
with the technology of future education that it will also go down.
305 That people are going to become too dependent on technology in everyday life, including the classroom.
306 Will our children be able to not only survive but also compete on a global scale. With the huge problems and
lack of funding that schools in the US get, are our children going to be prepared? Public education seems to
be so focused on making sure that "Everybody" schieves that it appears to have lowered the bar to make sure "Ever
body" can reach it. Many teachers have to be so focused on the children that are struggling that the achieving
children do not get what they need to move on and go on to the next step.
307 The irresponsible work habits and lack of integrity in the work place. I.E. Doing things the right way regardless is anyone
is watching, doing things well-what happened to our sense of pride and accomplishments? If feel it is amplified
often by the practices in our field of employment-Ithink we protect mediocre and poor teachers and those who simply
don't care enough to put a best foot forward-at such an incredible cost
308 Dependance on technology
309 Lack of Commitment
310 Availability of computers
311 By the year 2040 the minorities will be the majority and we (as a society) do not have enough minority teachers to
be role models for their ethnic group. Also the economic divide is increasing and this impacts education.
312 Teaching useful skills
313 Keeping up with changes in technology, society, & the needs of the community.
314 Local, state, & national government setting unrealistic mandates for schools. Also, schools being so concerned
with their students passing standarized tests that the students will be forced to memorize facts instead of learning
to think for themselves.
315 I feel some teachers don't hold their students to high level of excellent. They just want to do the minimum work for
full-time pay. I hate it when I ask a teacher for help and they tell you their busy and that the answer is in the book.
I'm thinking what am I paying you for then.
316 People in higher ed are sometimes in it for the wrong reasons-the student's experience can suffer if faculty & staff
don't do what's required of them appropriately.
317 The cost of education, especially higher education. The quality of teachers.
318 Lack of clear direction/too social-evironmental. Education needs to focus on the basics of education Not that other
things aren't important, but you must have a strong foundation on which to build.
319 Not educating all that need (or want) it.
320 Money and lack of
321 Teachers are sending more and more homework home for the students and parents don’t always have the answers
patience or time. I think there should be a study hall at the end of the day for all students who have homeowrk. Some
students participate in sports and have to work and or chores but there is always something going on after school
hours. I am also concerned about the conditions of our schools.
322 Financial Issues
323 I am concerned that our teachers are only able to teach the basic concepts to children due to too many kids, not
enough money, etc. and that parent are slacking off and not doing their parts for education.
324 Everyone assigning blame & not taking responsibility. Teachers blame the parents. Parents think the teachers aren't
doing enough & the only one who pays is the student.
325 Price of Education
326 Kids are not prepared for the future
327 America is falling behind in educational needs. American needs to offer college to everyone free.
328 Espense involved in college tuition
329 Proper financing to do the job right and maintain the focus on educating the student in order to ensure their individual
330 The 80s -90s generation just don't care so funding will decrease
331 Teachers lack of concern of students education. Also administrations inability to hold teachers to task.
332 Taking Prayer out of public school and teaching liberal views.
334 Lack of Funding
335 Everything will go on-line.
336 That it's becoming too much about kowtowing to whiny parents demands. ("kowtowing" is exactly what they wrote).
337 Too much emphasis might be placed on technology and future workforces may be less social and less able to
338 Funding & meeting state & federal demands on test scores
339 Dumbing down the curriculum
340 American students staying competitive. How to motivate students from all walks of life to strive to obtain the best
they can be in their life endeavors.
341 The increasing cost of an education which will make it less obtainable.
342 Our continued reliance on traditional methods in a fast-changing world.
343 That only the rich will be able to get an education.
344 The inability & unwillingness of parents to allow teachers to manage their classrooms without their interference.
345 Equal educational opportunity
346 That it could actually become too reliant on technology
347 Inability to keep up and educate students to become leaders in a global community.
348 Not allowing for creativity and teaching individuals how to think.
349 The rising cost of education.
350 Teaching children that "everyone is a winner". I do not think it is in the best interest of a child to make them believe
that they are always a winner and that there seems to be no concept of "second best". We can all learn to lose
gracefully and learn from our mistakes. Don't take away a child's spirit or self esteem, but if children can learn and
understand both ends of the spectrum the world could be thiers.
351 Technology & access. If we upgrade our technology, but people don't know how to use it, that will be a problem.
352 making sure the usa is as well educated as the rest of the world
353 I am concerned about the quality of our education system. It seems to have greatly decreased over the years and can
be attributed to low salaries paid to teachers as well as parents who do not encourage their children to learn & be
respectful in school.
354 Funding for public eudcation
355 How hard it is for educational institutions to keep up with technology
356 Families need to stand behind good teachers by showing respect to what they trying to teach
357 I guess there isn't much that concerns me about the future of education. People that desire it will find a way to get it,
putting the desire into people is the tough part, but that is a parenting issue.
358 My greatest concern for the education system in America is testing while some standarized testing is absolutely
necessary, there is a trend of teaching to the test that is beginning to occur in many classrooms. The danger
and the temptation of overusing worksheets in the classroom. This does not give students the full education they
deserve. The worksheet mentality does not provide ample opportunities for success for learners and does not
constitute good teaching.
359 Public schools are teaching students material that will allow them to pass a specific test. They should be teaching
ideas that will allow them to be successful taking any test or solving any problems.
360 Testing for high school graduates, what if they are not test takers?
361 Apathy towards learning
362 The inability to efficiently and rapidly predict develop and replay new skills required in today rapidly changing marketplace
364 Besides the breakdown of the family, I am concerned about our ability to service & support students needs. We have
problems with behavior, drug addiction, mental health, etc. We don't have enough counselors & psychologists.
365 The demise-all the continual criticism w/o concrete solutions. The US educational seem to be crumbling & dissolving
around us. There are many wonderful things going on-they go unrecognized. Are we creating thinkers?
366 That it will become a standard and not up held as a special need (speaking of proper manners, social skills& ethics)
367 The lack of Multicultural awareness is causing our world to be very culturally illiterate even though the world is becom-
ing very culturally diverse. How can we survive in a worldd of education and learning if we are so illiterate in such a
basicc compnent of life? The educational world needs to teach about our students about the people they will interact
with in order to stay ahead of the competitive game.
368 Getting adequate funding
369 Erosion of education standards thereby graduating personnel with substandard qualifications
370 The needs to educate everyone exactly the same different people have different needs/goals and thus not everyone
needs a college education from a major 4 yrs. Institution to be successful need to educate all the same water down
371 That funding will not be adequate to supply the students what they need to succeed. I also believe teachers who do
not get paid well will end up with higher levels of despair. I also believe if funding is not supplied to teachers and future
educators then the schools will lose good teachers to other profesions that are paying well. In return this will harm
the future of the students and they will lose interest in school and find other ways to occupy their feelings of
abandonment from the schools.
372 Students are not being held to strict enough standards, in conduct or educational performance. To make them into
productive members of society.
373 I'm concerned about scientific theories being propagated as truths. The Biblical account of creation, which I believe
to be true, should be taught if other theories are taught as well. I'm also a huge advocate of teaching according to
learning styles. A classroom that encompasses all learning styles is usually a successful one.
374 I'm concerned for children's safety in school because of violence due to --lack of concerrn people have for moral and
375 ………that school boards and teachers are so concerned with raising exam and standardized test scores that
children's learning will be hindered. It seems that each year schools become more and more obsessed with raising
test scores. The problem is, many times this obsession causes teachers to cram information into their students
either too quickily or without fully explaining the concept. If this continues to happen, then children won't learn the
fundamental lessons important to our society.
376 That we are reluctant to change the structure of education. What worked in the 40's, or even the 90's does not work
with those today. We (education) need to keep up with our student population and our society. We are stuck in time.
377 The teachers aren't meeting every child's learning needs.
378 Cost of education is on the rise. On average most people can't afford to further their studies. Although there are
people that can afford it and choose not to further their education, there are some who would like to and can't afford-Why?
379 Lack of quality public schools
380 Teacher salaries-a good teacher still has family to support.
381 In America we do not value teaching and teachers as a respectful professional. Once again, many parents and
government officials expect teachers to do so much with lower wages compared to other professions.
382 The narraative of education concerns me, and so does society's inability to face the tough realities. The narrative
of education used to be about the development of the person as a whole. Education was a means and an end unto
itself. Now the narrative of reducation revolves around better jobs and better pay. Education is no longer an end unto
itself; it is simply a means. So, is it any wonder that there is a lack of passion for learning and an emphasis on
credentials for test scores.
383 Pressure that young children feel to learn more & do more & stress of keeping up to gain college scholarships
& be "well rounded"-with teenage burnout.
384 The rising cost of higher education (colleg).
385 That studens don't spend enough time studying for tests and exams and there homework. They don't realize there
studying for there jobs in the future.
386 Financial Help
387 In my opinion the future of education has become such an expensive goal most Americans can not afford college or
parents will not be able to save enough money for their children to attend college. For those that do attend higher
education they need some assurance that jobs are available.
388 Raising costs
389 Kids not being able to get the right kind of education
390 English-only instruction. Our school system should be multi-lingual to allow equal learning opportunities for immigr-
ants. They need to learn in their own language to become properly educated.
391 The American education system is very underfunded. We are falling behind other countries in research & innovation.
392 That people will fail to see the importance of a quality education and fail to provide the funding needed.
393 What concerns me most about the direction of education is the disolution of strong foundational skills, and a
narrowing of experience.
394 Education is blamed for everything and not all parents support schools and the importance of education by owning
395 The widening of the information literacy gap based on socio-economic status of school districts concerns me most.
396 Quality of teachers and educators.
397 The decline of quality instructors.
398 We must address individual student needs, how students learn best, flexible class options that meet scheduling
limitations of students, and, specifically in higher education-we must focus on customer services.
399 Providing affordable quality education in order that students will not incurr an insurrmountable debt to repay.
400 The quality of education. Many schools are struggling with funding.If there are funding problems there usually is a
problem with teacher's salaries. The better paying jobs are where many teachers want to go. So the quality of
teachers has a possibility of going down in lower paying schools.
401 We are not preparing students for the future.
402 That technology advances faster than we can keep up and an aging population will be left behind as useful &
necessary employees. Also, that technology will make some jobs & occupations unnecessary.
403 The ever worsening economy is making it hard for students exiting high school to go directly to college. In this
highly materalistic time, many students feel the need to go directly into the workforce to be able to afford their
lifestyle. I fear that this will cause a decrease in the number of students graduating with a degree, and therefore
make us a much less educated, and weaker society.
404 That kids are not learning the correct skills to make it in the real world.
405 Total privatization leading to ever greater inequity and inequality.
406 I am concerned about the amount of funding allocated for public education. Teachers are underpaid, especially in
Oklahoma. Not enough funding and support is provided for public education.
407 The quality of education concerns me most. Grades have been greatly inflated; subsequently, high grade point often
doesn't represent the quality of students' capability or ability to perform the job in organization.
409 Parents having to put their children in private schools so they will get a good education.
410 Make sure all low-income neighbors have the same or equal education as higher income neighbors
411 The high cost of education, especially for people that are just making slightly too much money to qualify for additional
funding, also equally important is the difficulty of being accepted into college, even with good grades, citizenship, etc.
because there are only so many sports available.
412 Who will be teaching it! Meaning will the teachers be prepared to teach.
413 How individuals and social educational needs will be met without sacraficing the other
414 It seems that a focus on cheating "legislation" is causing some people to over look the actual needs of students.
I'm scared that all of the standardized testing we focus on will not help create well-rounded students and in turn adults.
415 Teachers that have not been properly trained in technology. If this is where our future is going, then we need to keep
our "professionals" educated…..whether they are veterans or brand new!
417 Scripted curriculum-where good teachers are not given the opportunity to teach to meet the needs of their students.
418 lack of funding
419 Lowering Standards
420 The dependency the students currently have on their parents, which translates to a dependency issue in college.
421 People think that college is a right that can be taken for granted and that only jobs that require a college degree are
422 The students becoming teachers lack enough of a foundation and must spend time in college to learn curriculum
rather than how to teach also lack of parental responsibility.
423 The way funding is being cut whilst expectations for students and teachers are being raised.
424 Whether everyone could have fair education world widely.
425 Too much focus on practical major such as business, engineering
426 The children in poverty that doesn't have as much of a chance at a good education as others.
428 Continuing down a path of unreasonableness when addressing issues and problems.
429 Multicultural awareness
430 Education will become more "online" and the students will lose the social education of attending school.
431 Lack of good teachers
432 It cost too much: student loans are a complete joke but most are forced to take them because of the cost associated
with persuing education. There shouldn't be a price tag on my learning.
433 That in the near future college will be too expensive for people to attend. They keep raising prices but yet the
classes and degrees stay the same.
434 How competitive it has become at such an early stage in the education process.
435 The lack of quality of education at the middle & high school level. The lack of teaching life skills at the college level.
Most graduates are not ready to be successful when they graduate from college.
436 By most accounts, we are failing our youth. There are facets of the American education system that are working
(schools of choice); however, we exist very much as a status-quo environment which does not take into account
those non-traditional learners. In order for our country to compete in this globally competitive economy, we need an
overhaul of our educational system.
437 Our society's willingness to underfund public education. This will continue to divide the upper and lower socio-
438 How hard it is to further your education, how there are progrsms to help you spend your money and get in debt, but
not ones for scholsrships or grants. You have to actually dig and hunt for them but getting a loan or credit card is
posted in every ad and every commercial.
439 People taking responsibility for their action
440 Becoming more expensive and less effective
441 Technology will take over & replace personal touch of education. We will always need human contact for help in
gratification of a job well done.
442 Setting and keeping standards-definitive benchmarks at each grade level and alternative placement for individuals
who fall short but with paths available to achieve as one grows in academic and vocational areas along with maturing
443 The fact that higher education continues to be something that more and more people are unable to afford financially.
444 The students are allowed to go on their own deadlines with relatively little punishment, as the climate of education
seems to frown upon set deadlines and zero to no credit for late assignments. If the main concern for funding and
teacher retention in a district revolves around students performing well during high-stakes testing, and not so much
about teaching such life skills as punctuality, then I worry that we are raising a generation of low achievers with
little motivation and not life-long learners.
445 There is so much to learn that while we are gaining knowledge many never gain understanding, wisdom, or work values.
446 Demoralization (in California they are trying to pass a law that would be demoralizing to the traditional family. This is
not something that we should be teaching in school).
447 Keeping up with the rest of the world. American has been allowing politics to distract us from the learning process
and as a result our students continue to fall further behind.
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Questionnaire Question #11 If I could recommend one (1) thing to education that would
help make it successful in the future, it would be:
1 Have less generic class & more on the job training (internships)
2 Build relationships with each student, parent and educator. This is the foundation that fosters the learning
3 It’s also my belief that teachers need to invest in the student’s lives not just teach them. The HBC’s but invest in them,
teach life. The rest will follow.
4 If gifted students were in advanced classes everyday and everyones individual needs were met.
5 Meet the needs of all learners regardless of legislation and federal regulation
6 Finding more ways to make the parent involved with their child’s ed.
7 Go back to the “old school of education” and make every individual responsible for putting in the effort to learn, and for the
education system to stand firm with the grading system if the individual does not accomplish a passing level of the subject.
8 Give more scholarships based on academics rather than race so that the future of America will be able to get the best
education in order to make the best advances in medicine and other technologies.
9 This presents a quandary, but I think perhaps a return to the basics as presented in education a century ago, could
prove interesting. Students were continually challenged and moreover expected to learn and to exhibit good behavior.
We need to challenge today’s students as well, by utilizing modern technology to present them with an interesting
and challenging education.
10 Precise education objectives and better education of student knowledge.
11 Parents being parents would be the biggest asset to our children’s successful education
13 Unified approach to education as a priority, plan to promote important & awareness of ojt, lifelong learning
14 Make education affordable for all
15 Multicultural education in every classroom
16 More money spent on retention of effective teachers
17 Getting educators who actually know what they’re doing.
18 More on the job training, whether it’s internship or co-op. The experience will make the classroom learning more relevant
19 Make it easier for people of all social classes to obtain financial aid
21 Lower cost of education
22 Bring imagination & creativity back to the class.
23 To make it more affordable to attend college and to somehow make it possible for those who lack the money but want
to attend be able to.
24 Eliminate red-tape to allow education to respond faster to new changes.
25 No answer
26 The most important lesson to be taught is critical thinking. People need to be taught to ask hard questions. If a study
states something…..ask who conducted this study? What were their motivations? Etc. By teaching our students
to pursue a greater understanding of things, they will begin to influence leaders that ultimately make big decisions regarding
27 Being culturally unaware etc. but not to the point of hindering classes.
28 Attract really good teachers with more pay and good resources. Get your technology but don’t rely too much on technology,
but encourage reading in every class!! Read things that can add more fun to learning etc. I think it would be good to start
in very early years with Values Training (Treat others the way we want to be treated-the old Golden Rule)-especially
since many children don’t get much of that at home now.
29 Teach the past. Make it interesting. Quit being concerned with insignificant conflicts and focus on the kids needing the
education. They are our future, you don’t want them stupid!
30 To provide public schools with the resources and funding to provide each student with the proper learning environment,
technology, & qualified teachers that are needed to meet the needs of all learners.
31 Adequate funding to help in student success & continued teacher training.
32 Each year my peripheral responsibilities increase. My job first and foremost should be to teach students the concepts in my
subject area. The time allotted to this end is shortened as less is expected from the student.
33 Teachers need to be on the committees that recommend new legislation demands for the nation. New demands are made
in the field of education without thinking through if they are really helpful. Plans are put in place without funding for those plans.
34 Have standards and expect them to be met.
35 More interactive learning at the younger age, and an expectation that high school is the actual end of education that higher
education is not for everyone.
36 Adopt to the changing culture in America and teach tolerance and understanding.
37 Educate-provide a good and solid knowledge base to enable students to move ahead.
38 Pay the teachers more money
39 Educate the parents on how to help their students learn by doing daily drills, etc. Education is not just in a classroom-it is
a life long world-wide process moment by moment.
40 Listen more to the students because they are the reason education continues to exist. Most teachers and focus on their
material and test grades (MCAT, IONA, etc).
41 To put the focus back on teaching for teaching’s sake; not having to be stressed about test scores, or research proposals.
Teachers and professors need to teach firstly, and fun worry about research, or anything else.
42 That educators learn to make a persuasive case for the importance of historical, humanistic knowledge, rather than abandon
teaching that in favor of vocational skills.
43 Making the profession of teaching as alternative as possible to the most talented (potential) students educators, so that the
field attracts talent & commitment.
44 Access to better academic equipment and facilities, not only computer/IT but science, engineering and other educational
fields as well.
45 Don’t forget the basic 3. 1) Reading, 2) Wrighting, 3)Arithmatic
46 Get the politicians & businessmen the hell out of it!! We should be willing to risk it all for the integrity of the academic….over
jobs, over departments, over universities. We are not.
47 That you could incorperate test to help those that do not retain information as well. Meaning the people that have a hard time
with the book end of education.
48 Pay teachers more, so there wouldn’t be a shortage and they would enjoy teaching making the learning environment more
fun for students to learn. This will decrease drop out rates and illiteracy rates amongst high school & colleges.
49 Make learning as simple as possible.
50 Provide universal access to education that supports full development of individual potential-without delegating some groups
51 More positive reinforcement. My experience and that of my children has been that of negative reinforcement i.e.: teachers tend
to repremend rather than praise. Not true 100% of the time, but seems to be the majority.
52 Individualized and equal access and not applying the "seperate but equal" principle. (The "seperate principle. (The
but equal "))is a way of pondering
53 Accountaility; make the student responsible! Design your policy & Procedure around this focus.
54 Meaningful experiences, eliminate worksheets
55 Putting magination back into the younger grades-not teaching to the test. Government to eralize not every child can be
perfect & to help more w/I the real problems that affect learning-socio economic status
56 To enhance life long learning we need to rethink the way we limit students to Bachelor, master, doctorate degrees. We limit
what students need/want by restructuring students to the restrictions of the degree. Students should be able to taylor their
coursework (with some restrictions) It meets their needs…..not the needs of the institution. It is critical that advanced
educational opportunities are made available to students without the rediculous limitations placed upon graduate level ed.
57 Incorporate technology-oriented, stimulating, highly interactive mediums in instructional design to address the neurological
high estem portion of students' grades; then follow up with reflective exercises. Students are easily bored by traditional
methods-engage them in "their language, establish utility and most important forge personal connections outside of the classroom.
58 Ethical accountability in the structure of administration and in faculty in the areas of knowledge and rapport.
59 Use more funding for education rather than sports and fancy uniforms. Spend money wisely.
60 Showing more people how to work all the new technology. So they can have a better understanding and it helping them
with there classes.
61 Everyone should take a "keyboard" skills class because using (typing) on a computer is so crucial to communicating with
society unsing a computer.
62 Focus on education. What makes good institutions, and how do we help learners learn better. Quit pandering to special
interest groups in education.
63 I wish educators weren't as willing to accept things as they are (the less than ideal conditions under which they have to teach)
But I know, too, they're too busy to do anything more to fight for what they need. So, I guess your answer is to have a strong
lobbying group to conditionaly put in front of the legislators the needs of education. I've always felt that if people who don't
vote for adequate funding for education would spend a time in the classroom to really know what it takes to do the job, They would
appreciate it and realize that it's the most important job in the world and fund it! If we have educated societies, where everyone
had their needs met because of the good education they received, we would have as many fewer societal problems.
A strong leader from the education file-or maybe (another field would be better?) needs to come forward and influence the
national will to make the education of our society our national focus.
Educators need to hve an objective advocate, too, to present the group in a different light-so many legislation and leaders
in the nation still see teachers as people (women) who need a "little extra spending money", who maybe can't do "real work" (i.e.
business, science, etc) and are somehow less intelligent because "how hard can it be to teach or work with children?"
64 To adopt our change to fit surrroundings
65 More connections with the industry & practice. This is the cornerstone of the success of higher education……specially
in fields connected to a certain profession.
66 No Answer
67 No Answer
68 No Answer
69 Better Math for everyone, Math is the base of all science. Interpersonal, communication skills (verbal and writing)
70 Equal Access
71 To give everyone an equal chance to learn
72 A greater federal grant to support the rising cost of technology and necessary in providing equal access to computers
training applications, the internet.
73 Equal learning environments for students of all backgrounds. And more rigerous educational experiences.
74 Everyone receives the same education regarless of race, funds, on all levels of education. Starting with k-12 and up.
75 Make critical thinking skills a priority over learning technology skills.
76 Children who learn the basics of grammar, reading, math, science, civics, history in grade schools.
77 Meet people where they're at and adjust to fit their different needs.
78 I know that it would be almost impossible, but to somehow make education a level plane, giving all children equal
opportunity and resources.
79 Teach multiculturism across the curriculum.
80 Have guidelines for each course but eliminate teaching to the test. Have the kids do profiles to see if they have a
understanding of what is covered in course. If their profiles don't meet certain guidelines then they don't get the credits.
81 Provide more funding to schools and educators.
82 Get more funding for schools so they can do the job necessary for every student.
84 More teachers w/more pay. Smaller classes. Put the politicians in the classroom. Maybe they could understand
what our educators need.
85 More business representitives should come talk to students interested in simular future employment to help them make
their decisions easier.
86 Not to set standards too low. If students are expected to only do so well, they will only meet that expectancy. I
believe more teachers should set the bar higher.
87 It would be beneficial if lawmakers would spend more time speaking with educators who are currently in the classroom
about educational concerns. Also, they (the lawmakers) should spemd time in the classroom possibly teaching
our actual lesson or even participating in a substitute program for a school system. I feel they would receive a
better understanding of situations we face.
88 Teach young people to think for themselves. It will make them more intelligent, competitive, successful, and responsible.
89 The one thing that I would recommend to make education successful in the future would be to deemphasize the results of
standardized achievement, end of instruction, ACT or any other tests that people are brainwashed into believing
are the ultimate goals of a successful education experience. Instead, create a city/state/federal government that
provides acknowledgement and gratitude for all learners and their individualized accomplishments (including
the all mighty testing results).
90 Choose instructors by education and experience not by ethnic background
91 Make it as accessable to everyone as possible.
92 No Answer
93 Better Teacher pay
94 Teach more and not use the internet for everything.
95 I would recommend history because history (the past) is a part of our life. If you don't know the past you do not
have a future. To learn about the past what human race did wrong can change the future to something positive.
Example: Adolff Hitler; everybody should know bout him, what he has done in the past. A terrible time. Those
things should be educated more so we won't do the same mistakes over and over.
96 Learning by experiences. (field trips and hands on learning) in conjunction with traditional lectures
97 Establish a "back to basics" approach of getting communities and families involved.
98 Make it possible to access education anytime, any place.
99 I would recommend more teacher evaluations, because some of the teachers that have "taught" me were
absolutely horrible. Of course, that would probably create even more of a teacher shortage than we already have, so
maybe fixing the teachers shortage is the answer, that way there are better teachers to choose from
100 Resist the "customer is always right" mindset. The customer is not the expert in the discipline, and a
demand for greater convenience can result in lesser learning, if we're not careful.
101 To provide more opportunity for success! It's not enough to just provide education. It is necessary to help the
student find the right path. During the counceling process we are ask for our major but not truly assisted in discovering
what that major is worth. It is important to help the student make good decisions so they leave with a degree
they will use vs. a degree they hate and end up back in school or discouraged and never go back because they
don't think it's worth it just because it didn't work the first time.
102 Promoting exchange programs for our students to go to as many countries as possible.
103 Smaller classrooms (as in #of children in class)
104 More diversity, see books and material provided for kids, teachers, better prepared
105 More connection & relationships with the industry & professional societies.
106 Require all legislatures to spend a month in a public shool classroom.
107 Education needs to start with its teachers and parents. Teachers need to be better and more strictly evaluated,
and parents need to stress school as an importance. Education needs to start at the top and work its way
down to the students, instead of blaming the students. Education needs to raise its expectations and standards.
108 Good funding and teachers
109 Computer literacy and technology available to all grade levels at all educational levels.
111 Let a younger generation run education in hopes that it will be more dynamic
112 Focus on the customer
113 Since everything is done on computers, computers should be more available to lower income people. We should also
have more user friendly programs for computers.
114 Be student oriented
115 Not to have so many policies and proceeders
116 I would say everything, it has all helped me but I forget a lot that I shouldn't forget. School is tough but it helps you big time
in the long run, I wish I would have new that along time ago.
117 Educators make an intricate part of student's lives. Better teachers that are funded equally and fairly will make schools
a better place and more learning will take place.
118 Just because you teach, doesn't mean you can't learn.
119 Make sure technology keeps up with todays standards
120 Lower the costs so more could attend and have the students earn the grades.
121 Smaller classrooms
122 More diversity in class choice
123 More teacher preparation either in college or offer clinics during the summer breaks.
124 Getting interested by trying new ways to teach
125 Strive for uniform access to educational resources.
126 Increase our expectations of young people for success in school. We must not lower standards to meet the status quo, but
gradually increase academic standards. Along with this, there should be good technological skills training for young
people who have aptitude for trades. We are lacking as a society in skilled craftness in building trades, etc.
127 Scheduling of classes in traditional settings
128 Focus on developing 21st. Century skills. Educate on the process of learning rather than the product.
129 Make learning fun. You can still be a hard teacher, but making it fun keeps students interested.
130 More government funding to increase teacher salaries to attract top candidates.
131 Better Training
132 Provide more funding for students.
133 Adequate funding for mandates
134 No Answer
135 Make it interesting to your student
136 Cover the basics!
137 The college do more realistic hands-on experiences or students entering the education profession.
The experience that new teachers have coming into teaching and being responsible for their own
classroom after college no way meets the realization of them being totally responsible for a class.
Also, working with low-socioeconomic students presents different challenges.
138 Public ed needs to be competative with privatized systems.
139 Having higher standards in English and math.
140 Educate non-educaors to the problems with our current system.
141 More student/teacher interaction, Sudents should not feel like they can't come to a teacher to ask
a question. Also, teachers should understand they are there to help the students.
142 The teachers should treat every student equally, and if they have special needs, then they help those students.
143 Somehow convince the government and your students that a strong, valuable education is the most important thing
they could ever invest in.
144 Teachers should be monitored to assure they are qualified in their subject areas.
145 Provide low cost lap top to all students with all needed text on them.
146 Getting back to the basics of education & the educational process taking into consideration technology &
progress, individual learning needs, etc. but making sure that children are still learning the basic skills
and concepts needed as their education progresses.
147 maintain balance between athletics and educational focus
148 develop a method to meet the needs of each student
149 make kids work to earn their education
150 integrate technology in the classroom while still maintaining the role of the teacher
151 Technology for everyone
152 more technology
153 Preperation of educators to communicate w/ students families of different cultures.
154 make quality education available to every child
155 higher pay
156 increased salaries
157 Technology, technology, technology
158 I know funding can be difficult but try the best to keep up with the technology.
159 No Answer
160 Target middle age people who are less educated about going back to school. Explain to them
how available education is being made.
161 The development of teacher education institutions that would specialize in the development
of instructors (teacher academics)
162 Accountability in schools to educate all children
163 Don't put limitations on students or yourself.
164 Quality teachers play a large role in the success of students. Teachers should be required to do more than teach
for 3 or 4 years to receive tenure. Tenure should not just be automatic for teachers after 3 or 4 years of teaching.
165 If I could recommend is finding more ways to get students actively involved with their lessons. If there are ways to get
students actively involved in all subjects, I believe that would be great. I only see studens actively involved in just a few subjects.
166 More one on one with students most teachers these days don't have enough time and patience.
167 Remember the people element. Remember that students are people not a test score. Remember that teachers are
professionals that chose teaching as a career because they desired to make an impact on young peoples lives. Allow
teachers to think "out of the box" instead of being completely tied to a curriculum because it's the latest "research based"
set of readers. Remember the culturally diverse population we live in; the importane of each person and their contribution
to our society.
168 To make it possible for all who really want to elarn, and want to go to college, to have funding to help ones who cannot afford to
pay, to encourage them to continue there educaiton, This will be for all ethnic groups.
169 To not let kids just "get through" their education and to really prepare them for their continuing education as they encourage
them to continue
170 Keep one on one interactions with children
171 Let teachers teach!
172 Reading more!
173 Teach students how to think
174 Free internet for everyone and cheap computers for underpriviledged kids. Oh, and no regulation either.
175 More rigerous certification requirements for school administrators.
176 Multiple intelligences
177 Encourage more people to study/pursue careers which contribute to the overall intellectual capital/competativeness
of the United States. Fewer lawyers, more engineers, business people, educators, directors. P.S.-Don't tell my brother!
178 Maixmize the use of and availability of technology. The availability of information will continue to increase.
Those who can best evaluate and use this information wil be the best prepared for the challenges ahead.
179 University should keep instruction as the first priority all the time.
180 No Answer
181 No Answer
182 No Answer
183 No Answer
184 No Answer
185 No Answer
186 Stop dumbing down the lessons to the lowest demoninator
187 The future is our children, so it would be to show them the way to be successful.
188 Giving students & teachers as many options as possible to achieve defined goals & the necessary means to get there.
189 Pay the teachers at a level higher than what the individuals they teach will make in their career.
190 Make it accessable, financially & remotely
191 Bridge the gap between higher education grads, the workforce
192 Again, I 'm not sure. I think budgeting is important because of the money crunch in school systems. I also think schools
should strive to hire good teachers, who want to empower their students. Without good teachers, education would certainly
193 Keep up on teaches better and make sure they are all meeting their requirements.
194 Make old topic thearetical classes more interesting to all, but especially the millennials who expect the bells & whistles
(responsiveness) of technology-adaptive to the learning styles of all ages.
195 With the rising cost in fuel & other things, make college education more accessible. Step up the distance learning.
196 No Answer
197 Lower the cost so everyone has the opportunity to attend and make a better future for them self.
198 Making education available to eveyone
199 In a perfect world, I would like to see all classes offered in different teaching styles. For example Anatomy 101, Sec 1-
online courses, Sec 2-lecture courses, Sec 3 -lab courses. I think if people were offered to be taught in the way they
learn best, more successful education could be.
200 Interactive learning during class and making students responsible for independent learning (quick quiz on reading). I have
found that games that have to do with our readings are very helpful.
201 I think educaiton funding should follow the student and there should be greater incentive for performance.
202 Stress the importance of a college education and start the motivation, encouragement and drive in grade school.
203 More incentive for educators i.e. (more money) Educators salaries, more value on education, by more specialized schools
204 Continuing learning, life long, Reducing all possible learning barriers if possible.
205 Increased access to remote students, in Oklahoma.
206 Placing less emphasis on "testing" and more emphasis on learning & understanding the material, & being
able to apply the learning in real life.
207 Remember that not "everyone" is technology savvy!
208 Increase funding so teachers can live comfortably on their salary and to increase retention of teachers.
209 To address individual learner needs to enhance learning and retaining of education received
210 Continued interaction between educator and students.
211 closed campuses in high school
212 Provide more funding to meet the needs of the schools system.
213 Insuring that when developing standards individuals needs and capabilities, especially children with learning
disabilities are still met.
214 Equip all schools with the tools & resources they will need to provide an education that is equal to that of
the national standard.
215 Include several different types of learning methods.
216 I think it's important for students to be taught good study habits & test taking tips, because they can learn the
information but if they don't know how to apply it then it is usless.
217 Focus on the basics, put phonics back in education
218 Pre-test students to ensure @ least adequate writing skills & reading levels a admitting them into a nursing or
219 Expect at least as much, if not more, from the learner as is expected from the educator. Engage the learner
in the process by whatever means available.
220 Engagement in active learning as early as possible.
221 Make sure parents are involved and feel that their child's education is their responsibility.
222 Be more creative in teaching "boring" subjects.
223 I partially answered this quesiton in the previous two quesitons but, just to summarize, bring ethics and critical
thinking (they are not mutually-exclusive) back to into a vibrant educational environment in order to raise
a generation of educated citizens focused on fixing and maintaining the things most important in
lives of individuals and societies.
224 adequate funding
225 Allow students to enter the labor force at a younger age so the public schools do not have to carry
such a large percentage of dead weight through the high school years. Classrooms are taken up
with discipline problems and time and energy is put forth by teachers but not many students. Many
students do not understand the privilege of an education.
226 Increasing funding so schools can afford to higher adequate faculty & staff & pay teachers what they deserve
227 Make it fun
228 Meeting individual learners needs.
229 Start teaching the people in your class room by ethnicity. If you are white you are out numbered about 5 to 1 now.
230 No Answer
232 To be sure that all student's needs are being met. Individual learning styles taken into consideration.
233 Teachers should know what they are talking about and make it fun.
234 If I could recommend one thing to education that would help make it successful in the future, it would be to
return to educating children in proper character, in traditional values, the things that really matter. Treating
others with kindness and consideration and doing the "right thing" is more important than adding another
math class or technology requirements, and would have a greater impact on society as a whole.
235 The quality of the teacher is the most important factor in the success of students. Get the best teachers,
let them teach, and the results will be strong schools and kids who have grown in their interest in learning.
It is still (and will always be) the personal connection between the teaacher & learning. Everything else is frills.
236 No one would disagree that technology & funding are important in today's education. But the 3 R's are still
the foundation of anyone's education. I believe thre needs to be a stronger emphasis on children being
more proficient in reading. They need to be able to communicate in an intelligent way both written and
orally. Finally, students need to learn to master math skills to the best of their ability-the 3 R's.
237 My recommendation is that educators help students make the connection between school and real-life.
This could happen by creating a desire to learn & think critically, as well as using the skills they learn
in school & applying them to their future careers, lives, etc.
238 I am stumped as to how to revolutionize education. Out of my inexperience and naieve, I would love to
implement smaller class sizes, more group projects, explorative activities, and other basics of education
that extract creativity from our kids and present them with the joy of discovery. The potential for an
inviting learning environment which inspires curious kids who themselves then enjoy and request
a rush of new knowledge is motivating but perhaps too idealistic.
239 I honestly don't know. It would seem to me we should place more value on teacher, and spotlight those
who are making a difference. (Teaches who are inspiring kids to rise above their circumstances to
attain high goals) But how to do that -inspire kids-I don't know.
240 Teach subjects that matter now or in the future. To much time is spent teaching about past history. Kids
today think more about the future and how they will survive, not how people survived 200 years ago.
241 Make sure that all teachers really can teach. Some teachers may have all of the requirements to be a teacher
but lack the skills to keep students interested in the subject they are teaching.
242 Move away from high stakes testing and toward recruiting (and compensating) high performing students to
enter the teaching profession.
243 Don't give up on any of the students. Keep raising the bar!
244 Do not put teachers in the education system who aren't capable of teaching or running a class room. Set
the standards higher for the people who teach.
245 Recognizing that students learn at different rates and in different ways. A universal method of teaching
is simply an impossiblitiy
246 Make everyone use technology in one way or another.
247 Parental involvement
248 At least two years of college should be mandatory.
249 Student/teacher ratio
250 Making parents more responsible for their childrens education and parents allowing their children to be
disciplined by the teachers.
251 Have better trained teachers who are willing to take the time with one-on-one support for each student.
252 More access to things
253 Benchmark & compare educational excellence where it exists to determine best practices and apply
to our educaitonal system.
254 I don't agree with teachers being secure w/tenyear. I believe teachers need to be evaluated on performance.
There are teachers that should not be teaching. This is a job that you want to change a life.
255 Proper funding.
256 More teachers that are qualified using technology
257 Continue to explore non-traditional ways of educating adults.
258 Discuss and promote thoughts and beliefs that promote a high standard for educators and a morale society.
259 Pay teachers adequately; respect teachers.
260 Education should be focused on students, not federal & state mandates
261 Let teachers teach & quite mandating things that "have" to be done. By doing this we are forced to "teach
to the test" rather than teach a broad spectrum of the subject. There are several important things that
need to be taught about the subjects, but 1/2 of which are being missed because teachers are forced
to teach to a test!
262 Students should have learning levels that should be held at every level, examples: know multiplications
tables by 4th grade. If students don't meet levels, students must take extra time or class necessary
to meet the levels. If that needs to be Saturday school, summer school, extra periods of Math or
reading, they must do it. These must be expectations that are reinforced for the slower students to
263 Everyone has specific needs. You cannot generalize everything associated with education to one specific
style. Everyone learns differently.
264 Treat children & students as people with learning needs & not as numbers and statistics
265 available to all those who desire it Finances wouldn't be a factor
266 Pay educators what they are worth
267 No child left behing-kids with ADHD need more help than what they get. Most teachers focus on the A students
than the students that really need help. They are put on the back burner. Kids are left behind! 504 program is a joke.
268 Lets people who have actually taught in a classroom make the decisions!
269 More government funding for all education programs-including classes to meet the individual learning needs of all ages.
270 teaching the advancing technology
271 Get with daycare providers and have them do age-appropriate activities with the children instead of pushing them to do
things that they are not ready for.
272 Consequences for students actions
273 Dedication to learning
274 Find out more about how eveyone learns & gear education to meet the needs.
275 Consequences for negative behavior
276 To prepare children to be effective families. I believe if we do not intervene in our families we will continue to perpetuate
a dysfunctional society, educational system, etc…………….
277 Vaues & morals returned to education
278 Students must be told in no uncertain terms that they are in school to learn. Any deviations must be
delt with effectively & swiftly.
279 Positive behavior mandates for low income students=require health for poverty students. Poor health =future costs to society
Low income students require self-discipline training=builds self-estem & self control
Low income students requrie strong discipline to teach students boundaries of behavior.
280 Make family an active part of the students educational process
281 More concern directed toward low socioeconomic students
282 Have stricter guidelines on qualifications for teaching middle school, particulary in the core subjects
283 No Answer
284 better discipline
285 No Answer
286 In sure that there are adequat funds for educators.
287 Public schools should not always be structured for students to enter college. Some Students do not always fit
into the category.
288 Make education available in a personal setting vice in a gory setting.
289 Class sizes must be small 1 to 10, or 1 to 12. There must be the ability of the teacher to give attention
to individual students daily. Caring and trust comes from that ability to get to know the students.
It can't happen if you have 30 students per teachers.
290 Make it mastery based
291 In some areas we need a tradiitonal high school
292 Build relationships with students and help them develop multiple paths to achieve their goals.
293 Detect problems with students at a younger age. The parents should be held accountable for the actions
of their children. Take preventative measures.
294 Individualized instruction for all
295 Take more time to educate our children better.
296 Take no shortcuts and provide brutal honesty. America is kidding itself in calling the nations
"Student friendly" The students are running the show and it needs to stop in order to improve quality of life
297 Incorporate religion
298 Encourage every student to be creative and involved in th arts (theatre, music, and artistry) because such
things build creativity & cultural appreication.
299 Invest $ in proven strategies at the district level for academic improvement. Plan to spend time to plan, & plan
to make it accepted by the teaachers & community. Add communicate, communicate, communicate.
300 tolerance, especially for Christian majority
301 Focus on excellence and increased expectations fo revery child.
302 No Answer
303 Ensure that learners are effective communicators and can exhibit the ability to think critically.
304 Make it more interesting and keep up with technology.
305 Keep it simple. Don't overdue the programs and the technology.
306 Raise the bar! Find a way to encourage Everybody to stand taller, do better and achieve more. When children
are given goals and know what is expected of them, it is amazing what they can do.Find a way to have ALL the parents
get involved and give the children the support at home that they need. Lets do that for everybody, educators included.
Start by paying them better. Make education a profession that people want to go into because it is a good profession
and can provide adequately for their family, not just because they want to make a difference and "love kids".
307 To practice what we preach-hold teachers accountable by developing multiple evaluation tools to evaluate teachers
based on merit and performance. There has to be a way to do this with the education field. (I said teachers, but I
believe this applies tso all certified staff in our field-from the top down).
308 Make it entertaining
310 Low tuition
311 Very actively recruit minority teachers and mentor them into staying but also provide a pay schedule that
would attract people from minority groups.
312 Train young people for their working life
313 Be more flexible (accepting of others)
314 To not forget, with all of our technology, personal, face-to-face interaction
315 Hold everyone and everything to a high level of excellence and never settle for second best because there is a lot of money
at stake when it comes to one's future, career and education. I want the best eudcation possible for myself and my son
and I would hope everyone else does too.
316 Keep the student as the focus of education.
317 Truly provide equal educational opportunites to every child regardless of socio economic levels and/or restrictions.
All schools should offer the same programs.
318 Prioritize funding for educaiton
319 Be flexible-try to help everyone in the way they need it.
320 Make education (of any form) the #1 priority.
321 Spend more time helping the student or students that need more help than others and also I think there is way too much
homework. Teachers also have to many students in each class to focus one on one.
323 If there could be some way to include parents more in educaiton process-possibly education for education -some parents
just don't understand how important it is for them to do their part.
324 That a budget that is over stressed & teachers large class the chldren who are middle of the road will get lost if you need
more help then an average student but not special ed there will not be enough resources to help those students reach
their maximum potential.
325 More extensive teaching at all levels with more time to provide a proper education for all people.
326 Teach more subjects that will help children
327 Offer College Coarses free of charge.
328 Availability to everyone not just those with low incomes.
329 Hold educators/administrators more accountable to the fact that every student deserves a quality education.
330 Get the parents more involved so they are more about the education of their children.
331 Keep record of students success often school (graduation) and use this to determine teacher success.
332 Put Prayer back in school and teach the truth.
333 Demand student master tasks before moving on to next level-always!
334 Teach more individualized policy/relations and interesting history
335 Keep education personable, remember were students not just a number.Push us to do better, don't accept
crap, cause then that is all you will get.
337 Maximize on group learning theories with and without technology
338 Convey the message to our legislature, and senate that all kids are not all college bound. We need to really open
our eyes and start training more kids for more hands-on-occupations. All kids in school can run a computer, but
very few can read a tape measure or weld.
339 Challenge the student
340 For government, state, and city to challenge themselves to put forth more resources into public schools. Addi-
tional funding to aid teachers, administrators, and staff to excel in their job endeavors, granting them ways and
the means to achieve their goals, allowing them to think outside the box and using technology to its fullest potential.
341 (The interviewee wrote nothing)
342 Begin now to address future trends. Shake things up!
343 More scholarships & programs for the less fortunate. Less politics in education-need more of "what you know"
instead of "who you know".
344 Replace the absolute power of parents & fringe groups upon the day-to-day management of curriculum & classrooms.
345 Less Expensive
346 A focus on individuals' intelligences & strengths-less mandated testing/more individual tuitoring/grading.
347 Recognize there is more than just the U.S. system of doing things. Prepare for global environment.
348 Focus on becoming teaching oriented and more away from the political, research oriented focus.
349 Have mandatory American History classes for all so that everyone has a knowledge of how our government
works and why.
350 Technology and "keeping up" is wonderful if money is not an issue. Getting back to basics and employ teachers
that care about their position who realize the permanent affect they have on students. I feel our society is steering
away from this basic yet most important aspect in our education system. Computers should be used as a learning
tool, not the teacher. School is not only a place to learn basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic it's a
growing experience for children to make it in today's world and becoming our future leaders.
351 How to use a computer & typing because in the business world or anywhere using a computer is key.
352 Once people get to college, they should not have to take general education classes. They should be available but not
353 To gain parental support. Having the support of parents is important because, unlike teachers who change every years,
parents are consistent throughout the entire educational life of the student.
354 Educate parents in parenting/homework, school involvement
355 Be open minded…………..
356 Everyone working for the child's ability to do good in the home, in school, then society and the world will take care of itself.
357 Keeping down the costs, (that seem to go up every semester) and paying more to teachers so they don't burn out, and have a
more genuine desire to teach & stick with it.
358 I have so many suggestions, but I suppose I'll just say make content applicable for students when you are preparing
ask yourself as if you were the student-why should I care or so what? Take your content and give it real life application
It is not enough to say it will be on your test. Interest and motivation will increase greatly if students see it as meaningful,
relevent, or related with real life issues. If you add creativity or diversity to your teaching methods, then it makes the
material more fun and memorable. If students leave a classroom hungry to learn and excited about applying it to life….
the teacher was a success!
359 Stop requiring schools to meet certain standards on standardized tests
360 Smaller class size with more one on one for those that need it.
361 Make it relevant to the learner
362 Education should be focused on providing a knowledge base that enables students to transfer this skill set to everyday
life. Education money should not be wasted on providihng skills that are only useful in a "hobby" environment.
363 Proper funding.
364 More counselors & support staff, psychologists, social workers, etc.
365 Build relationships w/kids & parents and teach kids to think.
366 Focus on the kids who are willing to learn and who will benefit society
367 Listen to your students needs. What worked in the past does not necessarily work now. Students go to college by choice
so give them what they need and want to learn. Teach diversity because that (diversity) is what makes us stronger not different.
368 Pay teachers more so schools can keep them-also if teaching were a more profitable profession more people would teach
giving schools more teachers to pick from and in general I believe we would have better teachers.
369 School reform. Example:faculty accomodations, graduation national standards, identify & channel equally college bound
& vo-tech personnel, etc.
370 Maintain rigor, but keep learning enjoyable.
371 Raise pay all around for education. If education doesn't receive more funds then all else fails. Everything revolves around money
Technology, teachers attitude, professionalism, teaching capabilities, more schools with smaller classes, new methods of
teaching are all tied into more funding that has to be acquired.
372 Give teachers & principals more power to discipline students. Students who respect their authority figure have a much better
chance to retain what's being taught because of less distractions.
373 Again, I think tha the classroom of the future is going to have a cater to all learning styles.
374 Put Godd, prayer, and the 10 commandments back in school to promote moral & ethical behavior.
375 …….to structure classrooms to teach in a multitude of learning styles. Not all children learn the same. Too often does a student
fail a class for not understanding their teachers teaching style. If subjects could be taught in several different ways, then more
students would comprehend concepts making school different ways, then more students would comprehend concepts
making school easier for them, along with the teacher. This could perhaps be done by testing students to find their preferred
style, and then pairing them with the teacher that fits most appropriately.
376 For teachers to focus less on faacts and more on understanding & problem solving. We need to produce critical thinkers,
not clones that can't think for themselves.
377 Have more than one teacher in each classroom, so you can meet each child's needs.
378 For teachers/eudcators to be more involved w/students on personal level (within reason). Teach students through a more
hands-on approach. Get involved, don't just lecture and talk at students. Have open discussions and debates, make them think.
379 I wish there was one thing………First…we need teachers that want to teach. Second…the supplies needed to make a school
function. Third…Parents that support their kids and the teachers. Fourth-FUNDING!
380 Pay and screen treachers & professors.
381 Our elected officials, principals, superintendents need to be in the classroom knowing what teachers are up against and
work as many days as the tax paying citizens.
382 Today's students and society are vastly different than those of 20-or even-10 years ago. This progression of change
will gain speed and momentum, making the change. Pattern of this decade appears slow. Because we have moved to a visual
society in which you no longer have to be literate to be exposed to the adult world, the childhood
will continue its disappearing act, and that will change education in ways we've never dreamed.
383 Increase teacher pay-for those who shape & educate our most valuable resource, what a shame that they are so
384 Create programs that require parent involvement.
385 To try find new and improved ways for students to concentrate and have a positive attitude about there image and self
and confidence that they could make it to be somebody they want as there career and to achieve there goals.
386 Knowledge is power. Encouraging others to succeed and focus on their achievement goals.
387 Make education as affordable as possible for future generations.
388 Continue to change to meet the future needs as the world changes.
389 Better teachers
390 Adapting! Everyone learns differently. Incorporating different learning styles into the classroom will benefit more students.
391 Cut down on the number of "special needs" children. Anybody who has a hard time paying attention can be labeled
as having a "learning handicap". The high number of these students hinders the education system.
392 continue to keep up with changing technology.
393 My recommendation would be to keep ever mindful of what sparks in one a desire to learn, to take on that endeavor oneself.
394 Administrators and politicians who make the laws should spend time in the classroom and really visit with real teachers
to get the real facts so policy can work correctly rather than force with limited results.
395 Do away with "No Child Left Behind" and transfer money appropriated for funding the Iraq war into the Dept. of Education.
396 Better state funding for increased teacher's pay and programs.
397 Find a way to pay educators, in our 1-12 grades, higher salaries, thus drawing better quality of instructors.
398 Make decisions with the needs of students in mind.
399 Provide quality preservice (higher education-teacher education) & inservice professional development training programs.
400 More collaboration in the classroom. In the high school/middle school level the Math should make problems that correlate
with science, english, and social studies to help the students connect with the topic in as many ways as possible. And the
other in the same manner.
401 Making sure students are prepared to socialize with other people. Meaning with as much technology as we have people are
more dependent on the technology than talking with people in person.
402 Pay our teachers more & give them the funding & resources necessary to teach our children the skills they need to
not only compete & succeed in the world but also give them the social skills that we seem to lack. (Although I know
parents are responsible for this as well).
403 Provide government subsidized grants for every American citizen that need not be paid back as long as the student completes
a four year degree. The current student loan and grant programs do nothing to provide incentive for the student to stay in
school and complete the degree.
404 Better prepare kids for the future. Teach them how to balance a checkbook. Prepare them for responsibilities they will have
to encounter even after college. Inspire them to become all that they can be in the crazy, technology driven world.
405 Elect Barack Obahma!
406 Incorporate creative and active learning opportunities in lesson plans, and encourage parental involvement in children's ed-
ucation. Kids need a variety of learning methods to stay engaged. Involvement of parents or mentors will also encourage
a child's performance.
407 We as teachers need to survey knowledge that society needs and teach the knowledge to students. So we continuously
produce enough human capital for future economy, culture, welfare, etc.
408 meeting individual learning needs
409 *Provide the same education in a public school as a private school.
410 Make sure all schools have the proper funds for books, programs, and other necessary tools for proper learning environments.
411 I can't think of just one thing. (1)Teacher salaries need to be raised, and for competitive so we keep out teachers in OK
(2)Easier access in ouitlying areas for High School students to be able to take college pre-requisite classes early
(3)More orientation to work area, inc. better more thorough orientation to career field.
412 Teachers need to be treated like "rock stars" meaning, very high paid, honored, looked at in very high regard. This is the only
way we can get back to the greatest minds back in education.
413 Education should be able to adopt to local, national, and international mandates & should be abl eto forecast to be prepared
for the future.
414 Don't forget about childrens' needs. They need to learn more skills as well as academic skills. And kids need to be kids!
They need to express themselves and have fun, even in a school setting.
415 No Answer
416 Keeping up with technology. Better marketing of all types of education-like career and tech centers.
417 Better funding & training for teachers & schools.
418 Encourage teachers to use the technology that is already available.
419 More Funds
420 focus more on the impact academics can have in general life (jobs, promotions)
421 Increase standards so that people who earn an education actually have something of worth. When people are striving for
something worth while, they tend to work harder.
422 hold parents accountable
423 Replace the education budget with the defense budget and leave it in this position for at least 500 years/forever. We need
smart people not smart weapons. We need weapons of mass education not mass destructions.
424 Funding. Have more funding on technology topics and some non-traditional topics.
425 Give student more fair environment
426 Have teachers evaluate what they are doing with other teachers from diverse areas.
427 Focus on creativity and exploration
428 That big ideas are great but remember details, details, details.
429 Teach technological skills to the young and enhance it throughout their education teach them about where their
world is going.
430 Recognize that not all students are capable of higher education. Leave the dregs behind.
431 Teach current events & technology
432 Study technology and hire teachers/instructors who have real knowledge of it. I think that it would open the door
for many new programs in both higher-ed and technical students (vo-techs).
433 If going to college is so essential to our futures, make it easier for us to attend. Have teachers that want to help us succeed.
434 For education to stay current with technology and business trends. To adapt to the needs of the work force.
435 We need to return to the core value system of our forefathers.
436 Our students need to identify their strengths and desires educationally, leading to professionally, at an early age. By
middle school, we need to be identifying the methods by which we educate different types of students and directing
students toward relevance in the classroom by use of electives and innovative delivery.
437 Reduce the emphasis placed upon testing and realistically educate students in our public schools. With higher levels
of math, most of which are not required in society, and emphasis on testing, many students fail short of the bar and to
not gain a marketable education and skill. A society of successful test-takers does not ensure economic stability.
Standards are an important part of our education system, but those standards should have relevance to our societal needs.
438 Put the same effort into giving money back as there is to taking it and let the professors know if its not for the students
then they wouldn't have a job.
439 Smaller classrooms and more one on one with students
440 To be accessible, modern and diverse
441 Quality teachers to be reinforcement of all the new technology.
442 Make schools more structured with less emphasis on social individuality and more emphasis on achievement (individual)
Example: School dress codes-even uniforms
443 Education must be accessable to everyone, no matter their financial position, age, race, learning disability, gender and/or
any other reason that could be viewed as a hinderance to a person being able to receive any amount of education
they need or desire.
444 To find a blance between life skills and mandated educational concepts. Both are important and both must, to some
degree, be focused on.
445 Teach love through service.
446 Demoralization (in California they are trying to pass a law that would be demoralizing to the traditional family. This is
not something that we should be teaching in school). To no pass that law.
447 To allow educators more influence in the politics and mandates past by the government. Because teachers don't have
enough say in the laws proposed and passed. The teachers struggle to meet the requirements and teach their students.
a few subjects.
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does a student