In Public Schools

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Rearranging the Chairs on the Deck

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 20103 COMMENTS

 

CHAIRSIt is time to rearrange the chairs on the deck or at the very least recognize the sense of urgency for the need to do so.  Parents, students, and teachers are a part of the “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND” but more time is being placed on the teaching component. 

This may be the right thing to do. In principle,  if the bandleader is out of sync, then the rest of the band does not have a chance.  However, parity may be apropos.  All three must have attention simultaneously. If nothing else, let these words open the conversation for equity, along with getting parents and students in a different mindset as to their real responsibility in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

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Charter Schools

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 20103 COMMENTS

charterBy definition charter schools can be elementary or secondary. They may be set up by parents, teachers, whomever feel that the public school is not working.  They use public monies and are a part of the public school system.  The main difference is that they are not strapped with many of the regulations of public schools, but, still, must produce the same accountability.

Many charter schools have smaller classes better teachers, run longer hours, may often have students dress in uniforms, and if over prescribed, becomes a part of a lottery drawing. There is diversity in learning protocol, focus, and more often then not they end up with the upper echelon of public school kids that need private school templates at the expense of the public taxpayer dollars.  Even without the cream of the crop, charter schools have done much better then many of the public counter parts.  Seemingly, smaller is better and helps students focus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Every Tub Sits On Its Own Bottom

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

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EVERY TUB SITS ON ITS OWN BOTTOM

 

 IT’S EASY TO BLAME THIS ONE AND THAT
LET SOMEONE ELSE BE THE DOORMAT

 FOR THINGS THAT DON’T GO RIGHT
EASY FOR YOU AND ME TO STAY OUT OF SIGHT

 SCHOOLS HAVE THEIR SHARE OF ISSUES
ACCOMPANIED BY MANY EXCUSES

 AS TO WHY STUDENTS DON’T ACHIEVE
AND LEAVE

 MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS TWISTING IN THE WIND
UNDERPINNED

 BY HEAVY TAX BURDENS
SPENDING DECISIONS

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Destiny

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

destinyWhat does your child/teen need in order to succeed in a highly competitive world?  Many thoughts are out there.  Adam Koo one of our sponsors sees it this way.

The first thing that high achieving kids have in common is a very strong sense of belief in oneself or, put simply, ‘Self-Belief ‘. They believe that they can and deserve to achieve great results in life.

This self-belief is what drives them to set high standards for themselves. And when faced with setbacks or failures, their faith in their own abilities prevent them from giving up. Their self-belief pushes them to pick themselves up and to strive until they succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Neighborhood

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 2010ADD COMMENTS

neighboursjanNeighbors Lane introduces the location of the readership and the importance of  location to the children who are the future.

 

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What Shall I Do – Parent Teacher Conference

Posted by Admin On February - 7 - 20101 COMMENT

whatshallSchool achievement and self esteem for your child correlates with how closely, YOU, the parent(s) participate in the education process.

Some schools value parent involvement by providing numerous opportunities for parents to interact with each other, with teachers, and with students.   Some schools seek the involvement by allowing parents to share responsibility for operating the schools along with the teachers, and community members.  This is called “school based management.”  Your involvement occurs with sitting on committees that govern your child’s school or by joining the parent teachers’ association. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Speech

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Education- Raising Standards and Responsibility for Future Hope

speechsliderWhile many people might cite the failure of parents as a main reason for the many vulnerable children in the education system, 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. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Opposition

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

The Debate and Opposition Surrounding the President’s Speech

oppositionsliderWhen President Obama addressed the nation’s students on September 8, 2009, not everyone was inspired. In fact, many conservatives and other right wing critics were all but appalled at the claims that were made. The fear of Socialism has caused many people to ignore the message for the sake of attacking the messenger. Many times in life, people end up in a position where they have this same reaction. If you trust the messenger, you will likely trust the message that they are spreading. If you do not trust them, you’re not going to believe what they teach. Therefore, it’s not surprising that most of the opposition to the speech came from those who already didn’t believe in President Obama before he even began. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Resolution

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Parents as Role Models for Children in Public Education

resolutionsliderThe public education system is a collective forum that belongs to the entire nation. It is not about wrong versus right, good versus evil, or any other competition. It is about coming together as a country, recognizing that there are issues that need to be resolved, and working together to resolve them. People have the right to free speech, free press, and all of those things that make life in America so desirable and worth living. The ability to use a forum like this site to create discussions, launch healthy debate, and speak about what each person believes to be most important is invaluable to those freedoms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anger

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Dealing with Children and Conflict Resolution

angersliderDealing with anger can be a complicated issue for any parent, teacher, or other adult involved in the lives of children. There are many different things that need to be considered and looked into when choosing how to effectively deal with anger. The most important issues that will surface include: control, stress and stressors, when other emotions present as anger, and how to teach children to properly deal with anger and conflict in their lives. There are four faces of anger that you should be aware of: Read the rest of this entry »

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Violence

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 20091 COMMENT

In Schools -  Bullying, Victims, and Intervention

violenceViolence in schools is a serious, albeit overly talked about topic. When people discuss issues that impact the public schools systems, violence is one of the most popular issues. However, talking about does not serve to rectify the situation or make things better for anyone. There needs to be a preventative method for dealing with anger and violence in schools before it becomes an issue that simply has to be cleaned up. Fighting back against violence seems to be on the top of everyone’s agenda, but aside from locking the doors and enforcing ‘zero tolerance’ policies, schools aren’t really doing a lot to prevent the issue. How about a little compassion? Read the rest of this entry »

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Anger Management

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 20091 COMMENT

Gaining Control and Establishing Discipline

managesliderAnger management is a serious issue among school age children. Aggressive behavior can be triggered by many different events in a child’s life. These events can happen at home, at school, or out in the world that we live in. what is important is learning how to recognize the early signs of anger problems and dealing with ways to resolve and control anger before it gets to an unmanageable point. Punishment is effective enough, but often causes more rebellion than what might have happened in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Closing the Gap

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 20091 COMMENT

Between The Races In Public School Education

 

closingsliderAmerica is a land of great cultural diversity. Nowhere else in the world can you reasonably expect to find people of so many different races, colors and creeds living in relative harmony with one another. The founding principles of our country focused on all men being created equal, and to a large extent this is lived out, at least on the surface. One of the inalienable rights that are afforded to US citizens, regardless of whether they are African American, Latino, Asian or Caucasian is access to education. All American children are entitled to a free public school education. The truth is though, there may be a wider gap then is depicted that we still need to close between the educations that you get at public schools, depending upon where they are located. And, some gaps are larger in some schools then in others. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Beat

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 20091 COMMENT

The Many Sounds

 

sonicsliderAs parents look for activities that will bring the family together in quality time, Song Producer gives opportunity like parlor games and Nintendo to have family members not only become creative but challenge the other’s music capacity for creativity.  There is relevance to the old adage that “the family that plays together, stays together.”  For years, Monopoly and landing on the Boardwalk or Park Place challenged competitive egos.  Today, with “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars,” music is taking its place as an activity, either for family members to watch together or as a challenge for the development of individual talent. Read the rest of this entry »

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