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5 February 2013 at 11:57 p.m.
It sounds like a pretty big change. I very much hope it works. More writing is defenatly needed. I don't know how fancy you have to make the program though. In my day, teachers did this by saying, ” Book report due next Friday”. It worked very well and it didn't need to be sold to us like a con man saying for the tenth time, “Don't worry, this time I know what I'm doing”. I wonder how in our day our teachers taught us to read, write and do math far better then they do now, and we didn't have computers or fancy programs. Oh yea, because if we didn't learn the principles were fired. It was their job to weed out the bad teachers. If that didn't work then the super intendant was fired. It was their job to manage and motivate the principles and make them responsible for their schools. It was the principles who were responsible for the teachers. Failure was not accepted. Now the people in charge blame the teachers, and get away with it, and keep their jobs. Here's a news flash, if you think a teacher needs to go, then let them go. If it causes a fight with the union, then fight. I truly don't think that's the case though. The union here has told me they personally want to get rid of bad teachers and are willing to do so. I've watched the teachers and have been impressed. I think this whole thing is management and the constant changes and programs they force on the teachers. I ask you, with the last round of sad scoring for our schools, has one person been fired? How about last time? Or the time before that? Nope, just more snake oil being sold from the top. And the school board is where a lot of this stupidity comes from. Go sit in. Your head will explode just listing to it. one thing for certitin though, when you leave, you to will know why our schools are failing. Oh yea, one more thing, the school board members are going to be wanting you to re-elect them. You should think about that, half don't even have kids in school. That's fine and all, but it makes a difference. If its your kid, this isn't no work in progress to you, you'd want someone fired.
6 February 2013 at 12:33 a.m.
Here's a question? How is it that other school districts preform just fine with their teachers? Maybe they don't have Joe Petrone as their superintendent. He's been here before we got down into the bottom one percent, during the bottom one percent, and he still here as we stay close the the bottom percentages. The reason why because the school board likes him. They think alike. Yup, they say to themselves, no change needed here its just a phase we're going through. Don't forget to vote folks. By Election Day it will be clear what needs to be done.
6 February 2013 at 6:29 p.m.
How bout this, get the parents more involved. My wife teaches. At here last parent teachers conference over 2 evenings she saw 22 parents, she see just over 100 a day. Guess what, everyone of the 22 kids had good grades. When you were in school there were no standards set by the state. Now there are, technology is a big one, but guess what, no computer teachers, teach technology in the regular ed class PLUS your standards! The math and science my kids brought home in the middle school is stuff I did not see until high school in the late 70. DO NOT just blame the school or the teachers. Some parents see the school as a baby sitter, then when the kid gets held in at lunch/ recess of after school to do their work, the parents throw a fit. Parents and kids believe that if the kid is in an advanced class they should always have an A, but there should be no homework or being accountable. How about mandatory summer school/retention for kids that lack skills, oh no, that affects their self esteem, and interferes with our vacation. Granted, there are bad teachers, just like every job out there. But do not try and lump all of them in one bunch,
6 February 2013 at 7:42 p.m.
Who are you talking to Calvin? Not me because I didn't blame the teachers. Lol I will be addressing the standards in one of many up coming letters. I've had to pay for the college to teach my daughter an English class that the high school said she was good in. In fact the HS said they had met the college standards for her. She got a “A” in the hs class. She had to re take the class at the college, which I paid $350 for. The reasons for that are another subject entirely and I will address at a later time in a letter. But let me make it clear for the forth time and for people who don't read my actual post, I don't blame the teachers. Our teachers are very impressive,(for the third time). It's the school board and administration that blame the teachers! I do not! I've sat in with both, I know better. I would advise others to do the same. The reason for a school system that is as bad as ours is not hard to find. It's so bad, it's obvious where the problem lies. So other than a little misunderstanding I would agree with everything you said. Im sorry if I offended you but that blame the teachers thing is at the root of my disgust. I get a little emotional when people use that excuse and being accused of it myself is a little offending. Sorry
7 February 2013 at 8:46 a.m.
I'm with Calvin. I tend to think Craig's deficiencies have more to do with deadbeat parents than the actual system itself. That's not to say the education system can't be improved, but at some point parents have to burden their share of accountability.
7 February 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
Buff you and Calvin have a good point. One I agree with. I don't believe that's the big problem though. Something like poor parent participation might knock you down some but not to the extent we are dealing with. Let me play Devils advocate for a second. Here in Craig we have almost zero gang activity. We have a small crime rate. We have few drug problems, such as heroine, LSD, and meth. They are still here, but the PD keeps them in check compared to the big cities. We have more traditional families than large urban areas. We have lower unenployment then they do in urban areas. The only thing I think that we out do the urban areas in is alcohol. Which is no small thing, I'll grant. But over all, we should have a more stable home enviroment than most communities. I can't tell people enough, go to the school board meetings. You will see the problem, its right there in front of our faces. I'm not going to spoil my next letter by telling you what I mean. But trust me its right there. Our school system is so bad that the problem jumps out at you if you look for it. Please get involved. Please start standing up for our kids in Craig. Whatever it takes. Please quit accepting this. Write the paper. Post on this wall, but start standing up for the kids. We have to stop this if it's ever going to change. The people we've voted in will not. The school board members are all friends, they all meet, shake hands, ask about each others families. Then they eat dinner together. Not one of them will stand up for our kids if it means offending their friends, they just go along to get along. The people who work for them are all friends with them too. Meaning the administration. And they don't want to hurt their feelings either. The school board is very very happy to accept the excuses offered to them by their own management. At least that's my impression. But don't take my word for it, go see for yourself.
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