In a system that rewards high test results with extra money and takes away funding from low-performing schools, what can you expect? We ought to be able to expect academic integrity, sure, but I’m not shocked that desperate teachers, pressured by desperate administrators, pressured by high-stakes testing help desperate students in a pinch. If your choice was to nudge a kid’s pencil slightly to the left or lose your job, what would you do?
Something occurred to me as Charlie and I were reviewing his alphabet foam letters. Aside from realizing that I should remove them from his mouth, I was thinking about how easy it is to teach when your class size is one! Unfortunately, this led to depressing thoughts about the state of our educational system and what my two grandsons will find there once they start school. Coincidentally, my daughter emailed a relevant article from the NY Times....more
By the time our kids reach their teenager years, we can see the end in sight. Of course we’ll be jumping for joy sad when they take that next step of independence to find a place of their own or move away to college. But let’s face it, who wants to still be raising their children when they’re 35? To ensure this doesn’t happen, there are some very basic skills that every teenager should know. If I’ve missed any, be sure to add them in the comments....more
March 23, 2011
It's the question at the forefront of a lot of minds these days: What's Wrong With Education, and How Do We Fix It? The simple answer to a terribly complex question is there are far too many captains attempting to steer the ship in several directions. Who is the clientele?...more
March 6, 2011
Seriously, I'm an optimist. A Pollyanna. A Happy-Day-Sunshine kinda gal. But my goodness the world of education is beginning to look bleak. If I am to understand the vision of things to come, my classes will be much bigger next year, but there will be no money for books or supplies with which to teach the kids....more
I'm in the thick of grading and reviewing graded work with the six Teaching Assistants (TA) who are working with me. This term I have not found as many instances with student integrity and I was really hoping that I would not. But, alas, that dream was short-lived....more