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How Long Is The Wait

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There is a widespread perception that is all is not well within the American educational system. Although there are several schools of thoughts as to the possible causes for the perceived sorry state of public education, the educational process has emerged the key consensus culprit blamed by many pundits. Nothing can however be farther from the truth. While the educational process might purely benefit from a few innovations here and there, it is by no means the major problem with the American public education.

According to statistics, the problem of educational performance and poor showing in international tests are largely peculiar with American schools where more than 75 percent of the student populace is poor. Students who attend American public schools with a large percentage of middle-income students perform brilliantly in international tests and reasonable performance has also been recorded for students who attend public schools with half of the student populace living in poverty. It is however safe to conclude that it is indeed the high-poverty public schools that fall dangerously below the international educational standards. The national poverty rate stands at 14.5 percent.

Unfortunately, given that poverty in America is deeply concentrated rather than being evenly spread, American public schools and the neighborhood in which they are situated are inseparable. Therefore, in addition to the myriads of problems and disadvantages that come with growing up in low-income and economically isolated neighborhoods, there is the problem of local, poverty-ridden public schools.

These schools tend to be underfunded and as such the students miss out on several important opportunities and resources that students in public schools situated in an affluent or largely middle-income neighborhood enjoy. Consequently, their academic performance does not measure up and in the long run come to hurt the overall perception of the academic performance of American students in public schools.

The real problem here is clearly that of poverty and inequality. Poor kids are more likely to attend high-poverty schools. Taking this into perspective, it is clear to see the huge staggering gap that separates America’s well-resourced public school districts from its poorly resourced ones.

These poor students who to start with are already at a disadvantaged position end up attending schools that lack the necessary resources to cover for their disadvantages and bring them up to speed. The truth is that public education still works very well; the American middle-income public schools and the low-income public schools are proofs.

The bane of the American public education is therefore the extreme inequality characteristic of the American society which has spread to the education such that the most needy students are concentrated in schools that are very unlikely to possess the resources to meet their special needs. How long will we have to wait to see public education become a well oiled working system accommodating everyone?

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Facts That Can Motivate

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In today’s day and age, a lot of peoples worth have to do with their school history, and whether or not you graduated or found yourself struggling to get accepted into colleges. There are a lot of unknown facts about the education system that has been built in America, to the point where the unfair and alarming rates the system has seen is shocking. In fact, there are a lot of people begging that more federal funding ends up heading towards education in order to fix and secure the system that America desperately needs in order for our children to be prepared for the road ahead of them.

The way our education system is typically rated is based on the rate of graduation. According to research, African American students had a 70% graduation rates across the nation, Hispanics had a 73% graduation rate, Asian’s had an 88% acceptance rate and Caucasians had an 86% graduation rate. These rates are averaged according to different schools around the country, with different areas having different percentages.

Another piece of startling information is the fact that our education system has growing that it needs to do. Fortunately, a lot of media attention has been shined on this area, and the process is making a slow but gradual change. During the 1980’s, our country and education system was the in the lead of all high school graduation rates and school systems, securing America as one of the top countries. Now, based on a survey in 2012, America was listed as number thirty-six on graduation rates and tests scores of high school students.

Those graduation rates depend on the city and state, with different states having a higher percentage of students graduating on time. The states with the lowest graduation rates, which is averaged at around less than 60% of students graduating late, include New Mexico, Louisiana, and Georgia. The states with higher percentages, which range from 80%-90%, include Wisconsin, Iowa, and Vermont. Across the country, around 1.5 million students didn’t graduate on time, an important fact to know for our children that our entering high school and want to make sure to prepare themselves.

Finally, around 1.4 million students across the country didn’t graduate, and instead decided to drop out of high school completely. This is a very alarming fact, especially taking into account the amount of money the country would have seen if the students had graduated. On average, the estimation is that America would have seen around $350 billion from the annual income of these students if they had graduated and entered a higher work force.

Whether your future student is scared of these rates or allows them to motivate them, understanding the position our education system is in is important to prepare us for the position our family members will be in.

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Bullying – Cyber As Well

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Bullying has always been an issue in American public schools. It is shocking and staggering to note that 20% to 70% of all children will be bullied or will witness someone else being bullied during their school years. The bully of the past was bad enough, but when you add technology to the mix; bullying takes on a whole new persona. This is a major and immediate problem which is being taken very seriously with-in America’s legal and educational systems.

Bullying is an act of aggression. This aggression leans toward an imbalance of power and is likely to be repeated. Due to the age of the aggressor and the victim, it often escalates beyond the point of no return rapidly and it can cause serious and lasting effects to both the bully and the victim. Violent acts in school are no longer allowed or tolerated. In the decades past a parent might tell their child to “stand-up to the bully” or to “fight back”. However, today’s school has a zero tolerance to fighting of any kind. A shove back or a punch in the eye will result in immediate suspension or worse. The rules are clear; the victim must tell someone in authority.

Most bullying takes place in middle-school and the early high school years. Telling a kid to tell the teacher may seem logical to an adult; but it makes the child a target for even more name calling and being labeled a tattle-tale or cry baby. When a child is 12 years old this is a big problem.

Even if the child accepts the name calling and follows the rules, telling is not always the solution. Bullying goes well beyond the school yard. Virtually every child in the education system has some access to the internet. Internet bully campaigns keep the pressure on. Photographs, video tapes and clips of the child being taunted, harassed and humiliated circulate over and over. Children who are afraid of becoming a victim often team up with the bully as insurance of their own safety. Parents, law enforcement and educational leaders have little control over what happens outside the boundaries of the school campus. This sense of helplessness has led to children taking their own lives many times. What is the answer?

The tools needed to combat bullying must be instilled in our children. Anti-bully programs must be put into place. We must teach children to choose their words and actions carefully. We must enforce the consequences of breaking the rules but at the same time, we must find out why the bully is determined to cause someone pain. Often we find the bully is in pain as well and he or she needs help.

We must show a child how to stand up for someone who if being picked on. We cannot just speak the words. We must show them and assist them. Law enforcement agencies around the country are fighting back with technology. They are fighting fire with fire, so to speak. They are showing children that no path is untraceable and they are being exposed.

Celebrities and people in authority are speaking out more than ever before to support the victims of bullying. Bullying is a community problem and it will require a community solution.

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Challenges Of The System

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One thing parents, teachers and government officials will agree on is there is much room for improvement in the American public school system. Many of the areas which create serious problems with the learning of America’s youth are evident. However, the answers to the problems are not as forthcoming. Let us look at some commonly agreed upon issues that have been identified.

Poverty

Poverty is a common problem in many areas of America. When a family struggles and lives below the poverty line, it has a direct impact on the focus and ability to learn of the child. Though there are many social programs in effect to assist with these issues, a solution is not yet in sight.

When a city or town has a rising number of poor citizens, there are fewer people in the work place which means fewer people paying taxes. Soon the impact is felt throughout the town or city and the direct result is less money for education. This leads to schools being consolidated and closed. This means children are spending extended periods of time being transported to and from school. Children are unable to arrive to school in time for free or reduced priced breakfasts. They are unable to participate in after school programs which assist with snacks, and tutoring. The child suffers as does the American family as a unit.

A hungry child cannot focus. A child forced to spend extended hours in transport does not get the rest they need. We end up with an underfed and over-tired child trying to struggle through the school day. This is more than most adults can handle day-to-day.

Finally, a child struggling with poverty is more likely to drop-out of school than a child with adequate basic needs being met.

Classroom Size

As money for the public educational system gets tighter, classroom sizes are impacted. Some reports show, as many as 17% of American classrooms are well beyond the recommended ratio of 30 students per teacher. That number is being increased continually in some states and is expected to hit 25% in the very near future.

When a classroom is bursting at the seams, a teacher must keep the momentum going. He or she has no time to stop and assist the one or two students that are having problems. There are too many other students to consider and too much information to cover. This means a child is more likely to be left behind unless his parents are able to assist him or unless they are given special attention via tutoring or one-on-one instruction. Unfortunately, by the time the child is discovered as “struggling” it is already too late to catch up with the class. The pace is too quick and the teacher cannot afford to slow it down.

Frustration and self-esteem issues cause this child to give up. Our public school system loses the child that needs it most. As we continue to tread water with the education of America’s young people; we must ask ourselves what the future holds for the American family and for America as a nation.

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Government Funded

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Not very many individuals argue that government funded schools are doing fine in America. The country is losing its edge in the world, our students are ill learned and feel qualified for work after school regardless of their abilities, and many statistics all point to the same thing. The educational programs is constantly diluted and made tame, but then students still can’t adapt.

Schools are tormented by administration and money related issues and have gotten to be production lines that pump out unequipped individuals. Homeschoolers, on average, cost of the money per student that government funded schoolers do, and score (35) percentiles better than them!

Even between homeschoolers the amount of fund for each student has no effect: those whose parents spent under two hundred dollars per anum on their child’s education averaged the Eighty percentile, the $200-599 group scored in the 80 percentile, and $600+ scored in the 83rd (Klicka). For contrast, homeschoolers who spend an average of 16 hours weekly in planned lessons scored, on average, in the 89 reading percentile, 72 math percentile, 87 science percentile, and 81 social studies percentile (Klicka)—meaning that they did better in reading than 88 percent of others who had taken the test, better than 71 percent in math, better than 86 percent of test-takers in science, and better than 80 percent in social studies.

Clearly inefficiency is the issue and not time deficiency: Imagine what government funded schools could do with (One hundred and Eighty) 180 six-hour days on the off chance that they were that successful! Four times as much cash is spent per understudy as in the 1960s, yet abilities and execution have not enhanced but rather have declined (Beck 71).

One other significant issue is that the educational modules and air dishearten brilliance. Understudies are considered as having next to no mental limit for new thoughts and ideas. In that capacity, the educational modules is balanced as needs be.

Days are spent in planning of the statewide testing where understudies are prompted on great test-taking procedures before and amid the test, and among the lower evaluations, stress-lessening exercises are performed. Thus the occupation of a teacher has changed—redirecting valuable time and assets from real guideline—from instructing to making understudies care (Truong). Low desires of understudies really make lower execution, and the inverse is valid too, as expressed in Beneath the Apathy: “A society of exclusive requirements for understudies, instructors, staff, heads, and folks is a sign of high-accomplishing schools” (Thompson).What’s more, obviously, this theory will seep over into the educational system, making a framework where the biggest apprehension is that understudies will be tested past their ability to learn.

So the educational modules being orchestrated so as to pass on the impression of being more troublesome than it truly is brings down the capacity of understudies to think and learn and be as keen as they can be. All the more limited understudies couldn’t care less by any stretch of the imagination, on the grounds that they perceive that it is a self-assertive judgment. Rather, the understudies who do think about evaluations just care to the degree that it could influence what school they go to and what kind of employment they will get.

Existing life is complex to the point that the youngster can’t be carried into contact with it without either disarray or diversion; he is either overpowered by the multiplicities of exercises which are going on, so he loses his own energy of methodical response, or he is so invigorated by these different exercises that his forces are rashly called into play and he turns out to be either unduly concentrated or else broke down.

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Why Teachers Can’t Teach

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Of late, it appears to be each time you get a daily paper it contains a story on the insufficiency of our country’s Teaching framework. Society is everlastingly faulting its misfortunes, from not having the capacity to duplicate to not having the capacity to adjust a checkbook, on a terrible teacher. We all, at some point in our learning, have needed to sit through the weariness and vulnerability of teachers such as Christian Zowodniak’s rookie English teacher, Jeff.  Teachers like Jeff made it give the idea that our showing colleges are turning out inadequate teachers, however this is not the situation.

Average teachers get into the training calling for all the wrong reasons: from having summers off, to having great medical coverage scope, to having great work hours. Ideally, these educators rapidly “wear out” and look for business in different callings. Unfortunately, large portions of them stay and get to be inactive, unconcerned educators, much like Zowodniak’s Jeff.

Most likely, we have experienced more great Teachers than awful ones in our years of education. Yet, we rush to bring up the blemishes of our educational framework and to gripe about poor teachers. Be that as it may, from time to time do we commend our most prominent resource, our magnificent teachers. I might want to let you know about some astounding teachers, Mrs. Joan Beers. She cherishes educating. Her affection for her profession is reflected in her system for showing her students, in her technique for tending to her students diverse learning styles, and in her strategy for surveying her students.

Like Jeff, a significant number of my secondary teachers utilized a detached way to deal with teaching. The bell rang, and the teacher remained behind a platform with a scratch pad protruding with address notes. Confronting her was a roomful of enthusiastic students, with note pads opened and pens balanced. Our learning comprised of a fifty-five minute address on grammar, amid which the teacher verbally conveyed reams of facts and cases, and we hectically recorded her each word. We took in these bits of data and presented them word for word at exam time.

The detached teacher reviewed us just on our capacity to review at exam time. She then again, utilized a more dynamic, student-cantered way to deal with her teaching. She started class with a five moment talk on relational words. At that point, she separated the class into little gatherings of three to four students and gave every student a daily newspaper. She made her classes intriguing and individual by essentially utilizing our neighborhood daily paper. Every gathering of students was tested to locate the most relational words without replicating.

Then, she turns on her reduced circle player, she again tested us to compose the same number of relational words as we hear a song . We immediately found the requirement for relational words in our lives when she requesting that we revamp the newspaper article and the melody excluding all relational words and prepositional expressions. Mrs. Beers dynamic and imaginative methodology of teaching made her a great teacher and her students dynamic and innovative thinkers.

Another illustration of why Mrs. Beers is a fabulous teacher is her technique for tending to the distinctive learning styles of each of her students. Not just does she teach us on our distinctive learning styles, for example, sound-related, visual, and kinesthetic, she generally obliged every style of learning in her lessons. Unfortunately, numerous Teachers just address the sound-related learner, where the student adapts best by hearing. For instance, a Teacher who just addresses is talking just to the sound-related learner. The issue with numerous Teachers is this is the main style of learning they address. I have additionally had the mishap of having a mentor for a Teacher.

Taking everything into account, I think we would all concur that our educational framework has its shortcomings, which incorporate poor teaching . Notwithstanding, I don’t think it will absolutely dispense with inadequate teachers, even with expanded accentuation on stricter models for teacher preparing programs in our schools and colleges, in light of the fact that some go into this most vital calling for all the wrong reasons.

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Education

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OVERVIEW OF EDUCATION

EMPOWERMENT COMES

In looking at the overview of education, examining how education is handled and the identification of the key players and their impact on the process; empowerment underpins.Therefore, it is the intent of this website at this time to examine education and its presentation. Know first that the key players include, the parent, teacher, student, community and government. Know too that the key indicators that will be examined in this website include choice, discipline, economics, traditions, support, and effectiveness. Each plays a part in empowerment that occurs through knowledge and implementation of what has to be learned.

Right out the gate, every person alive, including me, you, and we receive empowerment through education. While you might believe your day passed for additional learning, you’d be wrong. Every day we learn something new. It might be insignificant or very practical but we do learn. Consider the single mom that decides to go to an auto mechanic course at the local night school. She’ll no longer be subject to less than honest repairmen, not necessarily because she’ll do the work herself. On the contrary, the education empowers because she’ll know that a loose muffler won’t make her tires fall off while she’s driving or that changing a taillight shouldn’t cost 12 hours of labor. You can benefit from additional education. Everything you learn gives you more knowledge and knowledge is power.

PARENTS
If you give your child the opportunity to receive a good education, it also empowers you. Parents can only do so much for their children and then it’s the child’s responsibility. Teaching your child discipline, honesty, integrity, work ethics and providing a good education is solid groundwork for their future. At that point, it’s up to them to use what you’ve given. When you empower your child, it empowers you.

STUDENTS
Education empowers students because the value of a good education is in the options it offers those who seek it. If the student has an advanced degree, he or she might go into any area of specialty or even choose a position that simply wants someone with a college education. He could decide to go into business for himself or simply chose a low paid position that requires no special training. The choice is his. The education empowers him because he has the opportunity to make that selection. A person with no advanced degree can either choose the lower paying position or go into business for himself or herself. Of course, you’ll always find the exception to the rule, the person that manages to fight their way to the top without any formal training.

TEACHERS
Supporting the educational system empowers the school and the teachers. Without parental and community support, the school has a rough road to travel. Teachers need everyone’s help to be their most effective. The help doesn’t have to come from an extra hand in the classroom. It can be as simple as supporting school decisions and the teacher or making certain the lines of communication are open between you and the school.

COMMUNITY
Communities receive empowerment when they have high numbers of educated individuals and good school corporations. People want to live where students receive quality education. As people move into those communities, it increases the tax base and empowers the community. Communities also benefit from educating their citizens. Statistics show that people with a better education earn more money. More money in the hands of the citizens means more revenue into the community.

GOVERNMENT
Just like communities, every governmental entity is empowered by the level of education of its constituents. The name of the game for cities, counties, states and nations is productivity and problem solving. Countries that show higher educational results also show higher growth. Education empowers everyone from the student to the government. Quality education should be important to every person that lives in our country. Even if your children are grown or you have no children, each citizen that passes from student to worker plays a direct role on your life, your community and your country.

INDICATORS
The overview above lets us move into the six indicators named earlier, choice, discipline, economics, traditions, support, and effectiveness. It also allows you to get involved through sharing your thoughts and experiences. Such participation may help someone else who is experiencing a similar situation.

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Empowers Parents

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PARENT IIIEDUCATION EMPOWERS PARENTS

If you give your child the opportunity to receive a good education, it also empowers you. Parents can only do so much for their children and then it’s the child’s responsibility. Teaching your child discipline, honesty, integrity, work ethic s and providing a good education is solid groundwork for their future. At that point, it’s up to them to use what you’ve given. When you empower your child, it empowers you.

As parents, we all want to be involved in our children’s education. We want to know that our students are receiving the best schooling possible and that the environment that we are sending them off into is nurturing and positive. Over the last several decades, public schools have started to receive a bad rap, being accused in some cases of providing a sub-standard education to children whose parents cannot afford a private school education. One link that many public school administrators have been able to make though is that the more involved the parents in their district are, the better the students in their district perform.

Many private schools require not only a hefty financial contribution from parents, in the form of tuition, but also a certain level of parental environment. It is not unheard of for a private school to require parents to donate a certain amount of time every year and attendance at a specific number of school events.

Smaller private schools may rely heavily on parental support in the classroom, with parents often serving as chaperones on field trips. Students whose parents are actively involved in their school seem to have a better overall school experience. There seems to be a direct link between parental involvement and academic success.

For parents that cannot afford to send their children to private school, there is a vast public school system in place. Public schools do not have the ability to require any parental involvement in the day to day operations of the school. As a result, many public schools find that their parents are, on the whole, uninvolved in their children’s day to day educational experience. While some children do have parents that are involved through PTO and PTA organizations, many parents will very rarely if ever see the inside of their child’s school. For children who lack that level of parental involvement, there appears to be a direct link to poor academic performance.

There is no simple answer to the parental involvement puzzle. Parents need to work, in order to provide their children with the necessities. Parents that cannot afford a private education also can often not afford to take time away from their jobs to be involved at school. Schools that have a low level of parental involvement often suffer from widespread poor academic results. There must be a link between the two. Bridging the distance is the real challenge in front of today’s educators and parents

If you give your child the opportunity to receive a good education, it also empowers you. Parents can only do so much for their children and then it’s the child’s responsibility. Teaching your child discipline, honesty, integrity, work ethic s and providing a good education is solid groundwork for their future. At that point, it’s up to them to use what you’ve given. When you empower your child, it empowers you.

As parents, we all want to be involved in our children’s education. We want to know that our students are receiving the best schooling possible and that the environment that we are sending them off into is nurturing and positive. Over the last several decades, public schools have started to receive a bad rap, being accused in some cases of providing a sub-standard education to children whose parents cannot afford a private school education. One link that many public school administrators have been able to make though is that the more involved the parents in their district are, the better the students in their district perform.

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Empowers Students

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HIGH SCHOOLEDUCATION EMPOWERS STUDENTS

Education empowers students because the value of a good education is in the options it offers those who seek it. If the student has an advanced degree, he or she might go into my area of specialty or even choose a position that simply wants someone with a college education. He could decide to go into business for himself or simply chose a low paid position that requires no special training. The choice is his. The education empowers him because he has the opportunity to make that selection. A person with no advanced degree can either choose the lower paying position or go into business for himself or herself. Of course, you’ll always find the exception to the rule, the person that manages to fight their way to the top without any formal training.

The schools face a financial crisis and part of the problem in the preparation of students for work comes from that shortage. Many schools that once offered curriculum that included vocational arts, computer science and other specialties, including college preparation now face cutbacks and a watered down curriculum. Those that still offer true vocational arts programs, however, deal with issues of helping the student make their skills marketable by increasing the communication ability of the students.

Even with the programs in place, students still leave the high school with few marketable skills for the jobs. For those in a general education course, often the basic math capabilities, reading and communication skills are limited at best and totally absent at worst. This leaves the student ill prepared for any position, such as store clerk, that requires not only the ability to communicate effectively but also some basic math.

In order to attack the problem of sending illiterate and ill-prepared students into the job market, most schools adopted a core curriculum. The core curriculum is one year of college preparatory courses and includes a foreign language, more focus on English, science and mathematics. This movement is now nationwide.

The focus on core skills occurs because many students are not yet ready to make a decision on their future occupation. It also addresses the fact that Johnny simply can’t read or write intelligently after he successfully received his diploma and threw his mortarboard into the air. The tug between a focus on vocational and practical arts programs and core curriculum still leaves many students with watered down versions of both.

In an attempt to face the issue, many schools have adopted alternative programs that involve internships and work experience in areas such as health care, auto mechanics, electrical occupations, computer science and construction. These programs allow the child to utilize more time in school for core instruction while attaining experience and education in job they wish to explore.

The dilemma of the ill-prepared students does not begin at the high school level but earlier in the learning career of the child. The failure of the school system at the upper grades is simply a reflection of the failure of the system and curriculum at the primary education level.

Schools no longer teach but simply control the masses of children. They face an overwhelming task of accommodating every potential special needs child with kid glove empathy and making certain that no one feels failure. In an attempt to do this, they fail the students by allowing children to pass the grade without the basic skills, simply because they have a special situation.

This biased and unfair practice tells those children they don’t have the capabilities to learn. Instead of insisting on basic skill levels in the classroom, teachers adjust grades for the short falls of the student. This is the most insidious form of insult, not only to the educational system but also to the student himself. The teacher no longer believes that there is hope to teach this child, and because of it, all learning ceases.

Compensation for attention deficit, English as a second language, at risk children or other blocks to learning should not become the rallying point for lower expectations. Instead of lowering the bar for these students and admitting defeat, the school corporation needs to focus on setting standards of excellence and doggedly sticking to them. The schools can only accomplish this task by a more stringent belief that students can meet expectations and accept no excuse for failure. Only then will the schools provide students prepared to enter the work force.


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Empowers Teachers

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Supporting the educational system empowers the school and the teachers. Without parental and community support, the school has a rough road to travel. Teachers need everyone’s help to be their most effective. The help doesn’t have to come from an extra hand in the classroom. It can be as simple as supporting school decisions and the teacher or making certain the lines of communication are open between you and the school.

Some believe an effective teacher is born rather than created. It is true that teaching is an art, but one where mastery is possible with appropriate direction. There are specific requirements that each candidate must possess, however, in order for the instruction to be successful.

The teacher must have a love for knowledge and the desire to impart it. They also must have a strong intuitive sense and caring nature. Most of all, teachers must expect that their students will learn and believe in not only the students, but also their own ability.

Classroom management skills are important as are subject matter mastery. Here is where education and mentoring help the novice teacher. Often they face situations that they never considered while attending university classes. The seasoned teacher not only can help them through these times but also provide a working model for the novice to mirror to avoid crisis in the classroom.

The core requirement to good teaching is belief and a firm grasp on classroom management. The teacher sets the pace for each child in the classroom. The more the teacher believes in the child’s capability to conquer subject matter, the more successful the student is. This is the Pygmalion effect, also known as Rosenthal’s self-fulfilling prophecy. The higher the expectation of the teacher, the more the child tends to accomplish.

While this optimistic attitude may not be natural for many of the new teachers, the teacher can learn to do this with practice. It involves first, identifying the need to see each student as capable. The teacher learns the importance of this concept in college or with a mentor. Once the novice teacher understands this, they then need to make a concerted effort to see each student as capable. They need to understand that the ability to learn is within each child, the key is finding the method to unlock that ability.

Teachers need to be able to sell the concept of the child’s capabilities to the child and their family. In order to do this, they must be able to spot even the most minimal of growth and take the time to call parents and tell them of the child’s achievement for the day. Often, parents seldom hear from the teacher unless their child is unruly. This positive technique builds not only the esteem of the child, but also a cooperative attitude in the parents.

Classroom management is a task that requires a well thought out plan ahead of time. Classroom rules with rewards and consequences need assessment so the teacher can put them into written form before the first bell rings on the opening day of school. Children need to be aware of the rules immediately. The use of a mentor helps to identify the necessary rules to maintain classroom order.

Establishing the classroom routine the first day of school is also another way to help the class run smoothly. Again, the help of a mentor to create a manageable program is beneficial. Children that know what is required of them and what to anticipate next often find learning easier than those who have to anticipate what happens next.

Effective teaching requires organization, identification of goals and rules but it also requires the strong belief of the teacher that it is all possible. The most effective teachers are those that don’t give up in the face of adversity but look for ways to use the new information they gleaned from it to make their classroom more effective for learning. Marjan Glavac has some suggestions.

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Empowers Community

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Communities receive empowerment when they have high numbers of educated individuals and good school corporations. People want to live where students receive quality education. As people move into those communities, it increases the tax base and empowers the community. Communities also benefit from educating their citizens. Statistics show that people with a better education earn more money. More money in the hands of the citizens means more revenue into the community.

America is a land of opportunity. One of the opportunities that are afforded to every citizen is education for our children. Through a network of public school systems, free education is available to every child in America. There are those however, that believe that our public schools are in crisis. With populations rising, and budgets for education shrinking, our educators are being asked to do more and more for our children with less and less. As our economy suffers, more and more children are living at or below the poverty level. Families are turning to their school districts for subsidized lunches and other assistance in record levels.

One of the biggest impacts of our current school crisis has been in the decrease in funding for arts education. With budget cuts all around, district leadership is being forced to decide between providing adequate text books and learning materials and providing music and art classes to students. Some schools have had to cut back their programs to only half a year, while others have had to eliminate the programs altogether. This lack of fine arts training is robbing our students of valuable learning opportunities, as there is a strong body of research that indicates that students that have music classes do better in math.

No Child Left Behind, or NCLB as it is commonly called, has been one of the biggest factors in throwing our public schools into crisis. With ever state being required to develop standards to which all districts much adhere, teachers are being called upon to push students through a curriculum that may not be appropriate for ever student. NCLB did away with the ability to have “leveled classrooms”, where students were grouped into classes based upon their academic achievements. Students that were academically advanced were in a class with other students that are also advanced, rather than having a mixture of ability levels in the class. Under NCLB, no such leveling is allowed.

There is no doubt that some of our public schools are in crisis. Standards vary widely from state to state, meaning that the impacts vary as well. Schools that are in more affluent areas tend to have better test scores, as the schools are able to allocate more financial resources to curriculum than they are to support services. The one thing that is sure is that something needs to be done, and soon, or else the education that all children are guaranteed may become more and more a thing of the past.

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Empowers Government

Posted by Admin On August - 26 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

WE THE PEOPLE.XJPG EDUCATION EMPOWERS GOVERNMENT

Just like communities, every governmental entity is empowered by the level of education of its constituents. The name of the game for cities, counties, states and nations is productivity and problem solving. Countries that show higher educational results also show higher growth. Education empowers everyone from the student to the government. Quality education should be important to every person that lives in our country. Even if your children are grown or you have no children, each citizen that passes from student to worker plays a direct role on your life, your community and your country.

While many people might cite the failure of parents as a main reason for the ‘throwaway’ children of our society, there is at least one man who believes that someone else needs to be held responsible. President Obama gave a speech on September 8, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia that was broadcast across the nation. It was about public education. It was about children succeeding in school to create a hope for a better future. But it wasn’t about the lack of responsibility by parents or teachers. It wasn’t about children learning their values and discipline from their role models. It was simply about children taking responsibility for their own education.

When the President addressed the nation on that September morning, not everyone was listening. Many schools didn’t broadcast the speech for various reasons, but the message still rang true and clear: children need education, and children need to be accountable for the responsibility they have to take the education that they are given and make the most of it. To a certain extent, this is probably true. Children cannot be governed completely by parents or teachers, as they are humans with free will.

President Obama spoke about the skills that are obtained through a public (or private) education, and how critical those skills are in life. He said things that many children have heard countless times from other adults in their lives. Did it make a bigger impact because he is our country’s president? No one really knows. Every child will have a different reaction and acceptance of the speech they heard. Some will blow it off. Others will take it to heart. Still more might remain understanding, yet apathetic about actually following through on the words he spoke.

Parents are often seen as the missing link in educational failures when it comes to children. One way to combat that issue, especially when it becomes impossible to get parents involved, is to teach children how to excel despite the circumstances that they are in. This seems to be the point that Obama was trying to get across. He is quoted as telling children that “Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.” This is a good thing to teach children, because there are times when the missing links just cannot be connected, and these students will have to create their own connections to succeed in life.

To read the full transcript of the speech given by President Obama on education, visit the White House website transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-in-a-National-Address-to-Americas-Schoolchildren/

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Empowers Change

Posted by Admin On August - 26 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

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IT IS TIME

The role of this site is to look for ways to improve the schools, its benefits for everyone and help lower the cost of education while improving the quality.

Schools today have become big business with little room for the input from the average parent, teacher or student, let alone the taxpayer footing the bill. One man can make a difference. That’s the concept of the website. Through dialogue backed by action, you can return the schools to the center of learning and social function for the community but it isn’t easy.

Each person needs to speak their mind on issues that affect everyone. No matter what your age, the role of the school and quality of education has an impact on your life. Older people with no children in the house feel the sting of increasing property taxes. Parents watch as their child loses hours of education because of bad behavior of others in the classroom. Teachers face the problem with their hands tied and yet administration expects them to perform miracles in the classroom while offering no support.

Students that want to learn receive punishment for their desire for a better education as bullies take over the class and take retribution on those more dedicated. Click on the images below to get more insight.

The next generation of students will become the leaders and workers of the world. If the workers cannot adequately read, do the simplest of math, understand basic concepts or follow directions, what will happen to the state of our country? Already America is falling behind other nations in the quality of learning.

We set our standards lower and lower every year and the students fulfill our constantly decreasingly expectations. It’s time to rise up and regain the respect for education, improve the classroom and do what past teachers, parents, communities and students failed to do. We need change back to original virtues, beliefs and standards that somehow went to the wayside. The past has shown that education without discipline, demands without consequences and belief without action doesn’t work.

The dedication of this site is to the people of the American communities that still believe that answers for education begin with talking points. The points made in the different sections on the slider may not always be the right answer but they are a place to begin discourse.

Educating our students is a task for every member of the community whether they have children in school, are students themselves, are teachers or simply an active member of society. By joining forces, viewing education through each other’s eyes, we can find an answer together.  It is time to get involved.

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Michelle Rhee – Student First

Posted by Admin On March - 28 - 20111 COMMENT

Michelle_RheeSTUDENT FIRST- PROS AND CONS -THIS IS A NEW INITIATIVE HEADED BY MICHELLE RHEE

For over 18 years, Michelle Rhee has dedicated her time to compiling the skills that students will need when they enter the work force. She actively instituted many of these when she took her personal time as a third grade teacher to visit the homes of her third grade students for additional instruction after school hours. Besides many of the other innovative ideas Rhee brought to the table, she also started the DC Public School System Youth Cabinet, a concept that brings in the ideas of students for reform of the educational system.

Rhee started a grassroots initiative to improve the schools. Some of her key points are improving the quality of teachers, parental involvement in the schools and putting tax dollars where they’re most useful. StudentsFirst’s basis is that no child should suffer from an inadequate school simply because they live in the wrong area.

The basis for the StudentsFirst program is sound. The teachers in the classroom should be well trained and focus their time on the student. Today, many inadequate teachers remain in the classroom simply because of tenure. While tenure is good in some ways, such as preventing school boards from removing the higher paid teachers to save money, it also has its downside.

Too many teachers presently remain in the classrooms that spend their energies counting off the days to retirement. The lack of enthusiasm and caring can greatly affect the outcome of the educational experience for the student.  Read the rest of this entry »

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