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​Rita F. Pierson, a long-time educator has penned an interesting opinion piece for CNN.

One of her premises for the argument strikes a familiar sentiment:

It is important to note that most of the dictates for schools are proposed by people who have never taught. Regardless of the studies and research aimed at school improvement, I believe good educators have always known what makes schools work more efficiently. However, we get bogged down in rhetoric and what is "hot" at the moment. I believe that sustained school improvement will take guts (good old fashioned courage), focus and stamina.

She makes five practical suggestions for improving the school: focus on attendance, cull ineffective teachers from the ranks, intensify efforts on early-reading competency, rehire or reinforce counselors and support personel, and build a "winning spirit" in all children, which means that the schools shouldn't appear to celebrate only our college-bound students.

You can now break into small groups and discuss.

P.S. I don't know about other teachers, but for me it seems that the school year is ending before I'm done teaching everything I need to teach. Wouldn't it be great if we could somehow cut off the first month of the school year (the month when we don't have much of a relationship with our kids) and add a month to the end of the year when we have a much deeper understanding of what it takes to help our students to learn?



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May. 6th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
Your P.S. would be a real trick.
May. 7th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for this. I will be having my students in my graduate class watch this tonight in class. Love you!
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