The Equity Audit Racket

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Have you ever taken your car in for an oil change only to have them tell you that you need hundreds of dollars of other “repairs” that they can conveniently take care of for you? Have you ever hired someone to patch a small leak in your roof only to […]

The Reality of Equity

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“Equity” moves a student through the system without ensuring mastery of literacy skills. “Equity” dismisses a mother’s concerns for her child because addressing those concerns would be an admission of failure on the part of the school system. “Equity” will move this student into middle school with only basic reading […]

No Child Left Behind

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No Child Left Behind Act 2021 Kindergarten: No child left behind. But he cannot read his sight words. It will be fine. Just have him look at the pictures and use the word that matches. 2nd Grade: No child left behind. But she has no phonetic awareness. She cannot spell […]

A Solid Foundation

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It has been said that the Declaration of Independence is the foundation of our country and that The Constitution is the blueprint or building plan for it. It recalls a popular game where focus, intentionality, and precision are key to ensuring the “structure” does not collapse. In this game, as […]

The Nation’s Report Card Delivers Dismal News

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The nation’s report card, NAEP, recently released a study showing the performance of students over the last 50 years, and the results are disheartening. The test was designed “to improve the effectiveness of our Nation’s schools by making objective information about student performance in selected learning areas available to policymakers […]

Don’t Let the Labels Stick

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This was a popular book when my children were little. The first time I read it, I remember thinking what an important message it was for children and adults. The Wemmicks gave each other stickers based on talents or flaws. Some had a lot of stars and some had an […]

Reluctant Fighters

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This is one of my favorite stories. I can relate so much to Ferdinand. He found contentment in the simple life. It is likely many of you can as well. You just want to raise your children, enjoy your life, and sit quietly smelling the flowers. But, like Ferdinand, we […]

In the Name of Equity

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Our schools claim this is about “equity”. They say it is about “closing the gap”. Here is the problem, they are only prolonging the inequity that exists in the real world. No matter what they tell you, standards have been lowered. Criteria for getting into the Advanced Program and AP […]

The Tide is Turning

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The tide is turning. I can feel it. I entered this fight about a year ago. At the time, I was angry, shocked, frustrated, and sad for the state of our school system and country. Since then, I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about critical race […]

Learn from the Past

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We Can Learn from Our Past, But We Should Not Live There   Not many of us can look back on our childhood, adolescent, or young adult years with zero regret. There were choices, actions, and thoughts along the way that we are not proud of. During those times, there […]

Heavy Load

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We Are Asking Our Children To Carry a Heavy Load   “So the line had stuck in my head. “Sex,” I was pretty sure, meant whether you were a boy or girl, and “sin” made Tante Jans very angry, but what the two together meant I could not imagine. And […]

Grading on a Curve

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When I met my son’s engineering professor about 12 years ago, he told me that he never grades on a curve. When I asked him why, he answered “Because no one wants to be driving across the bridge or riding on the elevator built by the kid who got a […]

Parents, Participate!

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When parents and school personnel build partnerships, the benefits can extend beyond the classroom.  These partnerships can take several forms: involvement or engagement.  According to the author of Building Parent Engagement in Schools, the main distinction between the two terms is telling versus listening. “ A school striving for family involvement often leads with […]

School Choice

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One Scenario of School Choice What does School Choice look like? Here is one scenario. Parent: I do not approve of the curriculum materials that are being used in my child’s classroom. They are not progressing academically and they are coming home and sharing some ideas that are in opposition […]

Marriage Analogy

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No Perfect Union No marriage is perfect. That’s because it is a union between two imperfect people. However, a marriage that focuses on what is good while working on the areas needing improvement will only grow stronger. Meanwhile, a marriage where the focus is primarily on the flaws and imperfections […]

Why?

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Why? Why did I sign up to be a No Left Turn in Education Chapter President?   Someone recently asked me why I am doing what I am doing. I was thinking about that this morning. What is my motivation? The answer is gratitude. I am grateful for my God […]

Reading Comprehension: Digital or Paper?

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A previous blog post on active learning presented evidence from several research studies indicating that the “low tech” method of handwriting notes provides certain advantages over the high tech note-taking on tablets and computers.  Handwriting notes enhanced the cognitive process, thus resulting in better retention. “The slower hand movements involved […]

The Case for Classic Literature

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A war is waging in English departments around the country regarding the literature syllabus: Should teachers follow the canon of classical literature or encourage student choice of young adult or graphic novels? Choice supports student autonomy and self determination. On the other hand, Classics extend cognitive skills, improve vocabulary, writing, […]