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Ron,ar    Posted 03-15-2004 at 05:35:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
To go along with the posts yesterday about school problems and the posts about days that are significent in March. Last Monday we did not have school,staff development day. This Monday early out,faculty meetings. Next Monday shows to be National Goof Off Day whatever that is. The last Monday of the month is 6 weeks tests, gee, wonder when they had time to teach/learn for the tests?


JF    Posted 03-15-2004 at 07:43:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
By the time you reach march in a public school you are just wasting time to get to the end of the year-sad but true. In Ky their is a standard test (CATS Kentucky accountability testing system, why does it start with a C- to parrell the KY legislatures importance on the University of Kentucky atheletic department, another post within itself just remember that sports is king in school, followed by feeling good, then maybe instruction)-they would argue that it is not a cookie cutter approach. Yet all staffing, facilities, expendiatures, etc.(other than sports) revolve around this test. It was meant to be an effective means of measuring instruction but now is the old principle of teaching the test. All along while millions of dollars is given to an out of state agency for scoring. Hence telling the teachers that we cannot teach nor have the cognitive ability to evaluate what we teach! Anyway it is a standard test in april. The kids mentality since so must talk and effort is placed on this test is that as soon as the test is complete instruction (what little their is) shuts down for the year. This couples with 30 kids in a room who are tired and want to be outside makes the end of the year totally ineffective for learning devices. the student can only learn what they desire to be taught. This combined with the fact that drugs is prevelant, alcohol abuse among teenagers is rising, sleep deprevation is unbelievable, etc. The parents are no longer in charge of the household. How can a teenager stay up on a regular basis until 2 am and be prepared for school? My philosphy is that schools are only effective on tue-thur. Kind of like the old adage on american made cars. Monday they are too wore out due to lack of parental control and discipline in all aspects of their lives and Friday they are gearing up for a weekend of "goodtimes". As far as Professional development. It is clock time at best. In 11 years I could probably not pinpoint 3 days of PD that improved my instructional ability, discipline procedures, classroom managment style etc. And in 11 years I had 66 days of this stuff. Ky always flys in a goober from out of state at a cost of 1000 dollars not counting 150-200 per day for each teacher, that does nothing. PD is the worst waste of educational dollars that ever came down the pike(my personal experince speaking) If I spend 5 years in a qualified university yet when I get out I cannot effectively teach then something is wrong with the curriculm. Which almost all college education curriculm is a joke- it a pool of incompetence- there is no comparing an engineering curriculm to an education curriculm. Of course you cannot compare the salary, benefits and work environement of a teachet to an engineer. You cannot attrack ther best people into a position of slavery. Very few engineers are cussed in the hall, laughed at, undermined by the very people who want the job done, etc. In short education is a reflection of the community and throughing money away in an ineffective methods is useless. until the people of this country are willing to accept the responsibilty of the outcome and affect a positive change look for it to get worse


jeanette    Posted 03-15-2004 at 06:16:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i had shoes but we had to walk up our mile lane to catch the bus no matter how cold and nasty it was. i think they just make them up at the end of the school year


Alias    Posted 03-15-2004 at 06:20:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
You had it easy, I had to walk two miles, barefooted, up-hill both ways........gfp


jeanette    Posted 03-15-2004 at 07:02:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i may have only had to walk one mile and it was up hill both ways and it was a great big hill, about a mile high.....


BOB NY    Posted 03-15-2004 at 05:51:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I READ IN THE PAPER THAT THE SCHOOLS HAVE USED UP ALL THE SNOW DAYS WE ARE EXPECTING 6 TO 10 INCHES TUESDAY. DOES THAT MEAN THE BUSSES WILL RUN COME SNOW OR HIGH WATER. I DON'T THINK SO
BOB( WHO WALKED TO SCHOOL UPHILL BOTH WAYS WITHOUT SHOES)NY


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