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'[OT] Schools and teaching'
1998\05\12@200046 by William Chops Westfield

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I have come to believe that excellance in teaching is directly related to
the ability to treat each student on an individual basis.  Change the rules,
change the methods, change the cirricula, do what works...

Meanwhile, the administration is working hard to make one set of rules that
they'll hold hard and fast too for everyone.  No weapons.  No corporal
punishment.  No punishment period.  No phonics.  Five absences and you flunk
for the year (serious accident and prior 98% grade average ignored.)  No
homework and you flunk.  No extra credit.  No partial credit.  No
complaining, no exceptions.

Get rid of the administrative "overhead" (I think this includes a large
part of the union), distribute the money to the teachers, and the good
ones will become great, and the bad ones will quit in shame or be fired.

I was lucky enough to go to school just as this overhead was building
up.  I had great teachers, I had great classes, I learned a lot.

I fear for my children :-(

BillW

1998\05\12@231433 by Walter Banks

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William Chops Westfield wrote:
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> Get rid of the administrative "overhead" (I think this includes
> a large part of the union), distribute the money to the
> teachers, and the good ones will become great, and the bad
> ones will quit in shame or be fired.
>
> I was lucky enough to go to school just as this overhead was
> building up.  I had great teachers, I had great classes, I
> learned a lot.
>
> I fear for my children :-(

Yeah..

I live in a province where the government was forced to
finally say enough is enough. The school year had reached
about 180 some days, the year was legally longer but PD
(professional development) counted as school days. We had a
province wide teachers strike for several weeks because
"The government was out to dictate class size" They were
but it was a maximum class size. The teachers unions had
become powerful and the school boards were trading salaries
for class size and school resources for administration. Salaries
over the years had risen to very high levels. It was more
the use of resources rather than the available resources
that was the problem.

Schools are only one part of the equation. Learning can
happen anywhere and parents are responsible too. I took
a trip last summer to the artic with my two kids. At one
point we stayed for a few days with an Inuit friend and
his family 1300 miles from the pole. My kids know midnight
sun and that the Inuit don't live in snow houses. Canadian
geography and northern culture just became a lot easier.

(Anyone want to do a pole run some year?)

Walter Banks

1998\05\13@083237 by Andy Kunz

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>I was lucky enough to go to school just as this overhead was building
>up.  I had great teachers, I had great classes, I learned a lot.
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>I fear for my children :-(

We put our children in a private school (visit http://lvbaptist.org and
check out their school) for the past few years.  Next fall they'll be
homeschooled - again.  Not as a complaint against the school, it's just
that my wife drives 3 hours a day chauffering kids and would like some of
that time back to work with the newborn.

The local public school is a nightmare.

Andy

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1998\05\13@123257 by DREITEK

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In a message dated 98-05-12 23:19:24 EDT, you write:

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Schools are only one part of the equation. Learning can
happen anywhere and parents are responsible too. I took
a trip last summer to the artic with my two kids. At one
point we stayed for a few days with an Inuit friend and
his family 1300 miles from the pole. My kids know midnight
sun and that the Inuit don't live in snow houses. Canadian
geography and northern culture just became a lot easier.

(Anyone want to do a pole run some year?)

Walter Banks >>

Walter,

That sounds like a blast!

Dave

1998\05\15@101826 by Scientific Measurement Group

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Can you tell me more about homeschooling?  I have little ones and I am
thinking about it.

Richard

1998\05\15@101826 by Scientific Measurement Group

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Can you tell me more about homeschooling?  I have little ones and I am
thinking about it.

Richard

1998\05\15@101829 by Scientific Measurement Group

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Walter:

I think you are absoluterly right.  Parents are, and should be, a
responsible part of the "education equation". I wonder what you think about
parents who have to worry about influences the public school system has
over the social and behavioral development of their kids.  I am not
suggesting anything confrontational, here. But I am curious to know your
opinion.

Richard

1998\05\15@101829 by Scientific Measurement Group

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Walter:

I think you are absoluterly right.  Parents are, and should be, a
responsible part of the "education equation". I wonder what you think about
parents who have to worry about influences the public school system has
over the social and behavioral development of their kids.  I am not
suggesting anything confrontational, here. But I am curious to know your
opinion.

Richard

1998\05\15@112649 by roseberry

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Richard:

You might visit these URLs ...

       www.islandnet.com/~bedford/home_lrn.html
       http://www.gocin.com/unit_study/Index~1.htm
       http://www.midnightbeach.com/hs/
       www2.islandnet.com/~bedford/home_lrn.html
       www.ici.net/cust_pages/taadah/unskl.html
       http://www.charm.net/%7Ejcain/
       http://www.armory.com/%7Ejon/hs/HomeSchool.html

but be advised: some may be broken links -- I have not visited them in a year or
so.

Regards,
Michael J. Roseberry
Fort Worth, Texas, uSA




Scientific Measurement Group wrote:
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> Can you tell me more about homeschooling?  I have little ones and I am
> thinking about it.
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> Richard

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