A Teacher’s Perspective On School Reform

I took that same attitude into the classroom when i began to teach. When I gave homework, it was so the student could practice a new skill. If a student made an honest attempt to complete an assignment, and was unsuccessful, he/she could come to me. The parents and the child did not have to spend quality time at home frustrated as they all tried to figure it out.

Second, we need to challenge them on their issues — specifically the unsustainable public sector payroll, pensions, and perks. We can compete on these issues. Democratic policies have chased both union and non-union jobs out of this state for decades. Republicans need to let private sector union workers know that their public sector allies are directly responsible for chasing trade union jobs out of Illinois.

A movement has arisen in response, called No Child Left Inside; the allusion to education reform is no accident. Since then, experts have testified to Congress. Officials have passed resolutions, and shepherded national and state bills through the halls of government. Websites, books, organizations, coalitions and operations are out there. Now, what can you do?

Pick up some litter. In your front yard, in the vacant lot, at school, in the super store parking lot. It makes the place look better, it’s free, good exercise, and shows you care. You could work with the family, make a special project, or just stoop a moment along your daily routine.

Start early and make it a habit before you introduce TV and video games. Limit screen-time, including TV, video games, and computer. Trade some of their structured activities for free time. Appeal to kids’ natural interests (e.g. sports: try hiking or canoeing, science: try gardening or rock collecting). Model outdoor time behavior yourself and focus on fun!

Will these “reform” efforts help teachers connect with students? No. Will these efforts help instill the level of trust necessary to reach those hard-to-reach kids who already struggle? Of course not.

“At this time, the student Code of Conduct does not take into consideration a child’s age in a Level three offense,” read the statement from the Christina School District in Newark, Delaware.

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I took that same attitude into the classroom when i began to teach. When I gave homework, it was so the student could practice a new skill. If a student made an honest attempt to complete an assignment, and was unsuccessful, he/she could come to me. The parents and the child did not have to spend quality time at home frustrated as they all tried to figure it out.

Michael Steele, the chair for the RNC had some great words over the weekend, I like him so much more when he is himself and not this psuedo cool hip dude.

Our problem in education is not state, federal, school or district problem. The problem is an adult and grownup problem. We must take our neighborhoods back and start being an active member of the community. Our young people are out of control. Where are the parents of these young people? They should be held accountable for the actions of their children.

Unfortunately, many parents are deluding themselves that the problems are “elsewhere”. The self-delusion that a schools is great simply because it’s situated in an expensive area, or because it is touted by the local residents, is self-defeating. Our best schools aren’t good enough and our best and brightest students are making miseable showings when they compete internationally.

Romer, nearing 80, is running a non-stop road show trying to make education a top issue in the 2008 election. He heads a well-funded, blue ribbon group named Great American Schools that tells anyone who will listen that our schools are failing and we’re falling behind the rest of the world.

Rhode Island can use up to million dollars to achieve their plans. Each states applications and plans can be found on the governments website. Rhode Island’s application is 377 long pages of a lot of detailed information on their plans to help the state achieve a level of education reform that it could have never expected without this money.

According to the office of Family and Public Engagement, the purpose of the meeting was to open a dialogue about addressing concerns such as grade configuration options, and to decide what will need to be done in order to implement a plan for great schools in Ward 5 that will be successful.