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It is de rigueur in certain circles -- conservative talk radio, in particular -- to bash public education and hold that teachers are failing to educate kids satisfactorily. Yet the majority of even the most vitriolic critics are products of a public education that is available to every citizen. (For more on the state of public ed in Colorado Springs, check out the cover story beginning on page 18.)
click to enlarge Gregory Hock - Skyway -  - Attorney -  -  -  - Are there major problems with public education? - Yes. I - come from a family of teachers, and I can tell you that - the government is asking schools to do too much. Their - mission is to teach, but they're being asked to do far - more than that. Also, teachers need more autonomy - within the classroom. -  -  - What are the strengths of public education? A - democracy - depends on having an educated and well-informed - public. A broad-based system of public education is - essential for that. It's one of the missions of public - education to prevent elitism. -  -  - Were you educated in public schools? I - attended - public - schools in Iowa, and I graduated from Cheyenne - Mountain High School. -  -  - Did public education equip you to succeed in life? -  I had a - fine education. Public education has  problems that need - to be addressed, though.
  • Gregory Hock Skyway

    Attorney

    Are there major problems with public education? Yes. I come from a family of teachers, and I can tell you that the government is asking schools to do too much. Their mission is to teach, but they're being asked to do far more than that. Also, teachers need more autonomy within the classroom.

    What are the strengths of public education? A democracy depends on having an educated and well-informed public. A broad-based system of public education is essential for that. It's one of the missions of public education to prevent elitism.

    Were you educated in public schools? I attended public schools in Iowa, and I graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School.

    Did public education equip you to succeed in life? I had a fine education. Public education has problems that need to be addressed, though.

click to enlarge Bill Hancock	 - Broadmoor Mesa -  - Veterinarian -  - What are the main problems with public education? -  - Mostly, students who aren't motivated and cause - classroom distractions. Kids who don't take advantage of - the educational opportunities that are there. But there's - also room for improvement in teaching methods and in - making education more interesting. Also, I don't see - parents caring enough about their kids' performance. -  - What are the strengths of public education? I - know this - contradicts what I just said, but I see schools and a lot of - teachers trying to find innovative ways to 	  teach, so that - it's not just a collection of facts. -  - Were you educated in public schools? I - attended K-12 - parochial schools in Denver. -  - If you could change one thing about public - education, - what would it be? I'd increase teachers' salaries - across - the board. They do an incredible job for what they're - paid. They don't get paid nearly what they're worth.
  • Bill Hancock

    Broadmoor Mesa

    Veterinarian

    What are the main problems with public education? Mostly, students who aren't motivated and cause classroom distractions. Kids who don't take advantage of the educational opportunities that are there. But there's also room for improvement in teaching methods and in making education more interesting. Also, I don't see parents caring enough about their kids' performance.

    What are the strengths of public education? I know this contradicts what I just said, but I see schools and a lot of teachers trying to find innovative ways to teach, so that it's not just a collection of facts.

    Were you educated in public schools? I attended K-12 parochial schools in Denver.

    If you could change one thing about public education, what would it be? I'd increase teachers' salaries across the board. They do an incredible job for what they're paid. They don't get paid nearly what they're worth.

click to enlarge Gail Finlay	 - Skyway -  - Church sextan and psychic -  -  - Name the main problems in public education. - It isn't - equal. Children in the  districts with the least money - don't get nearly as rich an education as students in the - districts with lots of money. Also, some districts - emphasize winning sports teams at the expense of - programs for the arts and music. -  - What are its strengths? It gives every citizen - access to a - free education. I think that's extremely important. -  - What values guide your vote in school elections? -  I vote - for school board  candidates who look out for the - interests of the kids, not the ideology of the parents. -  - Did you attend public schools? Yes. -  - Did you get a good education? Mixed. In high - school, - kids in certain cliques got more attention than other - kids. Many of the more introverted or unpopular kids fell - through the cracks.
  • Gail Finlay

    Skyway

    Church sextan and psychic

    Name the main problems in public education. It isn't equal. Children in the districts with the least money don't get nearly as rich an education as students in the districts with lots of money. Also, some districts emphasize winning sports teams at the expense of programs for the arts and music.

    What are its strengths? It gives every citizen access to a free education. I think that's extremely important.

    What values guide your vote in school elections? I vote for school board candidates who look out for the interests of the kids, not the ideology of the parents.

    Did you attend public schools? Yes.

    Did you get a good education? Mixed. In high school, kids in certain cliques got more attention than other kids. Many of the more introverted or unpopular kids fell through the cracks.

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