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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Where could we find the time?

If only we had more time to teach our children science and math possibly we wouldn't be in the bottom ten (and dropping) for state rankings.

But what segment on earth could we possibly cut out of state education curricula (and have parents take care of) so schools could concentrate on their original job? If only we could find something to cut out.

5 comments:

  1. The state department is making the rules Senator, not teachers and certainly not TEA or SEIU. Maybe if legislators and state department employees would quit moving the target and changing the standards teachers could do what you expect. There is a push on STEM going on right now but classroom teachers are told what to teach, when to teach it, how long you have to teach it, and what the test scores should be. That is good education policy? Perhaps if you actually sat down with teachers and someone from a local association in East Tennessee you might discover the problem with public education is not the teacher in the classroom but the politicians in the cloakrooms!

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  2. Never said it was. We have some great teachers. I think a more limited course load with more concentration on the basics would be a big help to the teachers we do have.

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  3. Believe it or not Senator but I am one of those hated union member teachers and I agree with you! When administrators were asked when teachers are supposed to teach spelling they were told either don't do it or try to fit it in somewhere. Ask the professionals how to improve education instead of people who just happen to have a lot of money and think they are educational experts, i.e. Bill Gates. Ask teachers Senator what they need to improve education and then give it to them. On the top of the list will be parental involvement and respect!

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  4. When my kid was in public school, I noticed the "science" was heavily concentrated in environmentalism. When I worked with public school kids at church, they seemed to know a lot about compost and recycling, but not about real science.

    I have a degree in engineering and tomorrow at homeschool co-op we're going to be talking about variable and control in the k-2 class, we're going to be dissecting earthworms in my middle school class. We're going to finish by doing hearts and kidneys! I just make it up as I go sometimes, but I don't shy away from introducing real science early and learning terminology.

    I feel bad that teachers are not allowed to develop their craft or cater their lesson plans to the kids in their classroom because of the huge bureaucracy.

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  5. Not so fast there my union friend. It is the NEA that has endorsed Bill Gates' Common Core State Standards (although it is apparent they were against it before they were for it - wonder what changed their minds?). It is the TEA that is a partner organization to Bill Frist's SCORE. The unions don't seem to mind all the moving goalposts. They are just another corporate interest that will do whatever it takes to benefit financially - whether they represent the dues-paying teacher's views or not.

    Why do they endorse it? Because at least they don't have to manufacture a conflict between labor and management. It gives them a reason to exist (and keep collecting your dues).

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