What Did Your Child Learn In School This Year?

J.C.:I started reading in Kindergarten. I remember keeping my book in my cubby and being so proud I could read a few words. I had a few favorite books as a kid. One was a book of fairy tales, and the other was a book of Bible stories. I still have them and read them to my daughter.

Shouldn’t it be us the parents, guardians, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, or anyone who cares, to step up to the plate? We can not blame our teachers as a whole for the problems in the school system. Many of our children are out of control. They have no displine or perhaps no love from the ones they need it most.

Is he suggesting that providing the tools to improve one’s professional skill-sets or spending more time with students is alienating by its very nature? Or, is it only alienating when it doesn’t come with more money?

Sure, attempting new methods of education will always carry a critic or two on its coat tail. But let me ask you; would you rather be part of a minority group who is on the right track, or a majority group on the wrong track?

Since the no Child Left behind ACT of 2000, there has been much debate over how to accurately determine school’s progress and achievement. What is the best way to hold schools accountable for the education of the nation’s children? This question is in the minds of educators across the country. Over the last few weeks we have examined many different perspectives on this problem, including Barton’s idea of gain assessment[1], Hess’s belief in “mean accountability”[2], and Raywid’s set of reasonable expectations and creative ways of measuring school achievement[3]. If i were to become responsible for education reform in Massachusetts today, I would adopt the ideas put forth by Barton and his strategy of gain assessment as the best way to hold schools accountable for educating students for the future.

When I was a child, I believed that the principal’s job was to terrorize everyone in the school. When you overheard the teachers speak of the principal during their playground duty, it was quite clear that they didn’t want to be in the presence of the principal any more than the children. It was almost like he was the head security guard that kept law and order in the schools. He was the “gotcha” man.

J.C.:The best part is forecasting where I grew up and being in an environment where the weather is always changing. New Englanders LOVE talking about the weather, good or bad. The most difficult part is forecasting in an environment where the weather is always changing! We have marine and mountain influences that can make forecasting quite a challenge.

Today, teachers live outside the community far from the neighborhood school. There is no vested interest in the community and neighborhood that their children come from. They never see their students outside of school. Visibility is a deterrent and helps to bring a sense of community. If teachers lived in the community, we would see a different level of respect for teachers, teaching and learning would be empowered.