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

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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

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

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

Food Fight-Students Take A Stand (Ends 10-12-12)

It’s not what you think. No mass hysteria and flying projectiles interrupting a school day, but there is a bit on controversy nationally on the changes to school lunches. Yes, the number of free and reduced lunches being served is growing with the economy on life support. Even from what was reported here way back in 2011. But the recent turmoil stems from what is being served, and apparently the kids (and many parents) don’t like it. It’s national, as you can read here. The few kids I spoke to locally and in a few other states provided the same feedback. Continue reading

Where's Waldo?

I’m on limited time, so these are not as well constructed as I’d like, but I wanted to get it out there before it leaves my radar. There is a new component to education starting next school year, that will increase reading standards and reading assistance in the hopes that all kids read proficiently by third grade. Those students not achieving will be given additional tutoring and resources in order to bridge the learning gap, and if they do not achieve they may have to repeat grades in order to master the discipline of reading. Continue reading

Where’s Waldo?

I’m on limited time, so these are not as well constructed as I’d like, but I wanted to get it out there before it leaves my radar. There is a new component to education starting next school year, that will increase reading standards and reading assistance in the hopes that all kids read proficiently by third grade. Those students not achieving will be given additional tutoring and resources in order to bridge the learning gap, and if they do not achieve they may have to repeat grades in order to master the discipline of reading. Continue reading

Ohio School Funding Blues Reprise

With the number of levies on the ballot in Clermont County and the number of comments lamenting the school funding model in our state increasing by the day, I thought I needed to rehash the argument. One of the people I respect most when it comes to school issues is Paul Lambert, School Board Member -Hilliard Schools. If there ever was a person who can explain a concept or make an argument without coming across as arrogant or out of touch, it’s Paul. Continue reading

Goshen School Board Recap 9/10/12

The meeting started with a moment of silence and the pledge. Third graders are getting ready to take reading tests, and intervention will be applied where necessary. SB members will be able to get info electronically before and after meetings so they can be better prepared, and to save costs of paper, all starting in November. The Summer Program for Goshen students was better attended this summer, and plenty of help was available, and the program events were reviewed. Continue reading

West Clermont August Recap 2012

Another summer has passed us by, filling us with anticipation of another school levy on the ballot in November. Third time may be a charm for some things, but not in this case and never in this fashion. For those who believe hope springs eternal, I envy your optimism, but will trump your pair of hearts with a full house of incapable leadership. Continue reading