Demeaning teachers, suggesting that "those who can't do, teach," or asserting that classroom teaching is a waste of an Ivy League degree--all of these statements foster a diminished valuation of education as a whole, and ensure that smart, talented college grads will look to use their skills elsewhere.
Credit recovery students' writing skills are often poor; it's naïve to suggest that by forcing them into traditional classroom setting, as opposed to a blended learning program, one could ameliorate overnight the consequences of years of truancy, family instability, undeveloped English skills, or infrequent outside reading.
Divesting from public schools in high-needs areas, urban and rural--either in the form of slashing budgets, offering private school vouchers, or pouring public funds into privately-funded charter schools with limited quotas of special needs or ELL students--is just another way of barring that Prodigal "younger brother" from coming to the table and joining the family.
For a long time I assumed that the experience of teaching 34 kids every single period of the day would make me get over the stage-fright that has plagued me since childhood. However, I've realized that teaching is entirely different than any other type of performance.
It's so hard to demonstrate every one of plethora of objectives that evaluators look for. As with all these types of evaluations, our best and worst moments go unaccounted for if they don't happen when someone is watching.
Amanda Ripley contends that poverty is not the cause of American schools' poor performance against peer nations. I want to raise some points for consideration--if not outright rebuttals.
This week, I want to rant about snow. Well, not about the meteorological aspects, so much as the city's response to it. Starting at 8am yesterday and into the overnight hours, New York City got about 11 inches of snow. However, the snow stopped coming down at some critical time in the wee hours of the morning, which meant that school the following day--today--was not cancelled despite there being almost a foot of powder on the ground. Obviously, we should cancel school for weather events as infrequently as possible, no matter how much I might like snow days. However, New ...
If there in indeed a causal relationship between the airing of the show "16 and Pregnant" and the precipitous drop in teen pregnancy, this is something worth investigating in order to replicate the results.
Suspension, once the student's infractions have gone up the ladder of referral, seems to be the only "scary" enough punishment to serve as a disincentive to further misbehavior; while this can be useful for removing disruptive students so that others can learn, there is still the problem of educating these youngsters when they are removed (sometimes consistently) from class.
According to a 1990 study of families all over the economic spectrum, which measured how many words (numerically) were spoken in these households, kids from low-income families were exposed to 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers by age three.