February 14, 2010
The cost of bad teachers
If you are interested in why our school system is so screwed up and why we are paying through the nose and not getting reesuls from our educational system. Check out this article.
The cost to the kids is much greater but just the cost they are throwing away to get rid of bad teachers should have us all up in arms.
It cost the district roughly $3.5 million to try to fire seven teachers
January 15, 2005
11 Million Paper Clips
I have been guilty of doing one of the things that I blame other people for doing especially in Iraq. I have complained as have others that we only hear the bad news.
I have done the same thing in education. I have always written about the bad things going on because there are so many of them but I have been remiss is talking about the good things and there are many. In this country there many teachers who are educators in the true sense of the word. We don't hear about them because of the same reasons we don't hear about the good news in Iraq.
Therefore when I read this story about something good that has been going on in a school in a small town where kids are really learning about the real world I knew I had to write about it.
Why would kids from a small town in Tennessee—a town without any Jews—decide to create the world’s only children’s Holocaust memorial? How would the world respond? This is the story that Bob Johnson and his group of McLean filmmakers tell in the documentary film Paper Clips.
The story started small but it evolved into a major project spanning several years.
In 1998 Linda Hooper and a group of parents and teachers in Whitwell sat down to talk about what kids were learning in school—and what they weren’t. There was one obvious gap: In a town that’s almost exclusively white and Protestant, Whitwell kids knew very little about other people.
Linda Hooper is a true educator and her community is lucky to have her. I wish there were more like her in america's schools. Thinking outside the box, trying to make a difference, this story has it all. They even attracted some real survivors of the death camps to come visit, read the whole thing and more.
If you get a chance go see the movie, I know I will.
December 22, 2004
Sad State of Education
I am generally a fairly positive person but I have been distressed for sometime on what passes for education in our country.
I am going to grill my 15 year old later and see how many of these questions see is able to answer. She might not do well but when we are done she will know the answers. She might even remember some of them for more than 5 minutes.