An archived stack of papers: 'Reform'

Why We Need Realistic Education

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Dec
  • 17
  • 2006

College isn’t for everyone. Going to college simply because you feel like you should is possibly one of the biggest mistakes you will make in your life.

College should be a means to an end, not an end in itself.

It’s a nice dream that no child will be left behind, all students will be ready and willing to go to college, and all citizens will be well educated and care about... read more

A Diploma’s Significance

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Sep
  • 11
  • 2006

What does a diploma mean? Is it such a huge accomplishment to graduate from high school? Upon graduation, does anyone really care what your GPA was or how many AP classes you took or how often you cut 6th and 7th periods? Is high school simply a gateway to college? Or should high school be about preparation for any kind of life beyond the world of education? How does a diploma fit into that scheme of... read more

Under Attack

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • May
  • 05
  • 2006

After a moderately heated exchange of rhetoric in a recent staff inservice session, another teacher questioned my professionalism. Here’s the line of thinking that lead to that declaration.

My Ideas

As an educational community, we should be open to folks coming into our classrooms and offering suggestions about how we might do something better. An additional perspective is... read more

Get Rid Of Bad Teachers

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Apr
  • 01
  • 2006

Teachers know who the bad teachers are. So do students. So do administrators. So do parents. So do union officials.

But year after year, those bad teachers remain in the classroom. Teachers, students, administrators, parents, and union officials moan the same complaints and hold the same wishes of retirement. The bad teacher is still there and nothing changes.

The other teachers on campus... read more

One Size Leaves Lots Behind

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Mar
  • 26
  • 2006

Should diplomas reflect the education completed, requirements passed, or growth over time? Is it possible to show all three?

Special education is modified instruction. Doesn’t that imply that it’s not the same as mainstream? Shouldn’t that mean a different diploma to signify that? If the expectations aren’t the same, should the diploma be the same?

AP is modified... read more

Life After School

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Mar
  • 25
  • 2006

Several students will gather at Mission College today to partake in the yearly StRUT competition, demonstrating their knowledge of computers by taking an objective test (Written Test), troubleshooting 9 computers (Challenge), and tearing apart then rebuilding a computer (Build). The winners will take home one of the computers used in the Build portion of... read more

Reaching The Apathetic

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Mar
  • 22
  • 2006

What is a school to do with students who elect to fail? I have a student in one of my classes who shows no interest in completing any work. Worse yet, he doesn’t really have opinions. A slightly more enthusiastic shrug of the shoulders shows his penchant for music. On Monday, the daily topic asked for an opinion on education (it relates to Siddhartha). He only manage to give me... read more

Conclusions: Faulty Comparison 4

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Feb
  • 28
  • 2006

The roles of parents, money, and school focus are terribly important and horribly absent from today’s average public school. Parents influence behavior on campus; money influences decisions on campus; school focus influences quality on campus.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

The role parents play has an even more profound impact on a student’s academic development than the role of the... read more

Charter Me This, Batman: Faulty Comparison 3

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Feb
  • 27
  • 2006

School systems in other countries are better than that in America. That is spoken without due consideration to the myriad of other things that are different in a student’s life overseas and that may impact academic performance. Private schools perform better on standardized tests that public schools do. But with the ability to cherry pick students and refuse an education to those who do not want... read more

Public Is Not Private: Faulty Comparison 2

In a stack of papers called Reform.

  • Feb
  • 25
  • 2006

American Public Schools Versus Private Schools

The big problem with any kind of comparison between public and private school systems is that public schools have to take any student living in the attendance area. There are no tests to take, no essays to write. If you live within the marked area, you go to School X. Private schools only have to take those students they want to.

The Escape... read more