Your Child: Political Pawn or Student

Several generations ago the communist party of America developed a 50 part plan to take over America from the inside, learning that America could never be conquered any other way. Using students on college campuses to riot and force social education changes while capturing the minds of other students was priority method chosen in the 60′ and 70’s. So these students planned and started violent riots, injuring many policemen, firefighters and other students. I was there. Education for many others was disrupted severely. At Kent State, when National Guardsmen feared for their very lives, they opened fire on the radicals. End of riots. The radicals did not achieve their goal. They begin to bomb police stations and even military facilities they were so radical and filled with hate for America. Continue reading

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Education Turning Plaid

There are great teachers out there [watch the video from the article here]. Plenty of them. Why then does our education system fail in the general sense to produce students prepared for life beyond classroom? For months the “Where’s Waldo” mantra of this site has been extremely critical of parents not being involved in their children’s education and understanding exactly what is being delivered as the final product. Most are happy if their children get A’s and B’s, is well-behaved and is socially accepted by their peers. Continue reading

How Not To Engage In School Reform

This topic has been addressed in many forms, but it’s relevant in more than one way. With the public school system having a myriad of issues to tackle going forward, alternatives are a good thing. At least most of the time. Those engaging in reform would do well to not replicate the mistakes that have been made already. However, Channel 9 reported this local charter school goes much farther and bolder than anyone could imagine. (Thanks to Tricia for the heads up). Continue reading

Commentary: Building A Sense Of Community In West Clermont

(Editor’s Note: This is a commentary on West Clermont Schools by community member John McGraw. The piece is published in its entirety, with only two small spelling and formatting changes. If you have an article you wish to publish, please send to scschools@yahoo.com)

On November 6th, West Clermont voters overwhelmingly voted down the operating levy placed on the ballot by the West Clermont School Board.  Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. The definition of foolishness is not knowing the definition of insanity. I am very disappointed for the children of the district and for my own kids who attend West Clermont Schools.  Continue reading

Commentary: West Clermont Levy Failure A Failure of Leadership?

(Editor’s Note: This is a commentary on West Clermont Schools by community member Stuart Kennedy. The piece is unedited except for two small spelling changes and has been published in its entirety. If you have an article you wish to publish, send an email to scschools@yahoo.com.)

 

The West Clermont School Levy failed to pass by a 60/40 vote.  This was no surprise since the prior two 7.9 mill levies also failed by a 60/40 vote.  The school board met the day after the election to discuss their options to handle the over $2,000,000 deficit this school year and the projected $6,000,000 deficit next year. Continue reading

Who Runs Your School District?

This is a trick question, so don’t be shocked if the answer eludes you. This Columbus Dispatch article describes how the access to information is controlled by the administrators. Board members are then left on the outside looking in if this is the case, and that leaves the community and staff out of the loop. So, what is the answer? Continue reading

Weighing A School Levy

Burnt out. Tired. Ready to move on. Elections are both the end of a cycle, and the beginning of a new one. Those that have closure, may move on with the implementation of a plan and will be judged on the results in the future. Those that fail or fall short, can regroup and discover the humility that goes along with not meeting the intended goal. Admit the defeat, but the decision ahead is whether to double down for next time, or to view the results as a turning point. That’s the job of leaders. This editorial in the Columbus Dispatch was published before the election, but it is perhaps more relevant after the fact and deserves a second look. Continue reading

Buckeye Institute Weighs In On Levies

Clermont County has three levies on the ballot, all different in size and scope. Milford, Batavia and West Clermont residents have received a lot of information from different sources regarding these ballot initiatives. This brief by Greg Lawson is another piece of information to weigh (or not) while thinking about Ohio Schools and funding problems. Continue reading

Canary in a Coal Minnesota

This crossed the desk this evening, and thought it interesting. What is going on in Minnesota, because apparently you need a license to learn for free? The links in the article by The Foundry may be better written, but it seems interesting that furthering knowledge would be the goal of an educational institution. These courses are provided by competitors and for free, but it not only stifles the internet, it poses the question of who “owns” knowledge? Regardless of whether or not it’s the law, the slippery slope is how education as an industry is fighting to keep hold on the market share and careers from every angle. As the Forbes article describes: Continue reading

Supersize My Superintendent’s Pay!

I didn’t write the article, but I was interviewed for it. The author has a handle on the issue and I believe she understands my position. However, is this a non-starter when it comes to saving money? There are a number of arguments to be made in both directions, but I think my statement holds true. In a good economy, and in schools where everyone is learning at an acceptable rate, no one bats an eye is Joe (or Jane) Superintendent makes good money. Is your kid safe? Charting a course for advanced studies or has an angle on the career path once all the Pomp and Circumstance is over? Is the ACT average score less like a learners permit and more like car rental age? What else can you ask for? Continue reading