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Sink or Skim in Digital World

The Digital Pandemic, Part Two I wrote The Digital Pandemic in 2010, warning about drowning in the digital ocean that now covers us all. What has happened over the past six years? Some have coined the term Cyber Native to describe how our youth function on a day-to-day basis. When kids have over 1000 friends […]

Our Kids are Walking the Plank?

“Once upon a time, a long time ago –– a large, prosperous, nation, determined that all of its children should be formally educated. This would strengthen the country economically and give every citizen an opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Uniformity was also a goal. If the government operated the schools, everyone would receive […]

Where Have The Kids Gone?

Where did they go? Most have gone to choice schools. Where are these choice schools? Some 10% percent of school-aged students are not in the neighborhood school because they are in private-religious, private-secular, or home-based schools. These students may not all be above average in academic ability, but they often have at least three of […]

Cowboys Knew More

Rejecting Test, “Massachusetts Shifts Its Model” by Kate Zernike (Nov. 22) New York Times. No where in this article is there any mention of the students. It’s about time we started looking at the students who are being affected by school reform. These experts are obviously operating under the assumption that all students are exactly […]

Uncovering a Hidden Factor in School Reform

Uncovering a Hidden Factor in School Reform   School reform. Is it really about teacher training, curriculum materials, and achievement tests? Maybe not. Let’s look at an original and quite different approach to school reform. In a previous report, I highlighted a great American myth. That myth is IQ. We want to think that everyone […]

Uncovering a Hidden Factor in School Reform

School reform. Is it really about teacher training, curriculum materials, and achievement tests? Maybe not. Let’s look at an original and quite different approach to school reform. In a previous report, I highlighted a great American myth. That myth is IQ. We want to think that everyone has the same mental ability, but it just […]

School Reform: A Crisis of Expectations: the whole story

CONTINUED: Do we really have a school crisis in America, or is it a “crisis” of unrealistic expectations? What are these expectations? That all kids can achieve at the highest levels, that all kids can be successful in school and in life, and that all kids can go to college if they really try. And […]

The Beginning

MORE ON EXPECTATIONS: How did we develop such unrealistic expectations about our educational system? I believe one of the culprits is IQ. Despite scientific studies of IQ that have continued over the past 100 years, we are in denial about the fact that some people have higher mental abilities than others (for whatever reasons). Do […]

School Reform: A Crisis of Expectations

Do we really have a school crisis in America, or is it a “crisis” of unrealistic expectations? What are these expectations? That all kids can achieve at the highest levels, that all kids can be successful in school and in life, and that all kids can go to college if they really try. And isn’t […]

School reform in 112 words?

Taking off the rose-colored glasses: How to reform American education in one paragraph –– (112 words): Reduce the academic high school graduate expectation to 65% so that high school becomes a true academic high school and not a glorified middle or elementary school. Allow 40% to 60% of interested students to elect career education on […]

SREB REPORT

The Southeastern Educational Board’s report is helpful, but the recommendation that we raise high school graduation rates to 90% or higher in all high schools within a decade is foolish to say the least. If this goal includes career education and giving high school credit for that education, then the recommendation makes sense. Otherwise, it […]

Why Have 5 Black Schools Failed?

School Crisis: Tampa Bay Times. Why are these five black schools far behind supposedly equivalent schools in other parts of the state? Should we blame the school board? Based on my own research, I believe part of the problem is that our school board has done a marvelous job of creating special programs such as […]