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They shelter the lazy and incompetent and at the same time discourage and beat down the eager and hard-working.
Then get rid of the bad and hire new teachers who have plenty of ambition and energy. Somewhere along the way we not only took away the ability for teachers to punish our kids, but we opened our big mouths and told our kids they were untouchable.
I found out this week that my 8-year-old is doing pilates and yoga at school. Between that and various assemblies and Covey skills, not a whole lot of time is left over to make sure kids can read and write well. Seems like a good idea on the surface, until it backfires, like all socialist programs do.
Of course, the more kids in the program, the better for the school running it, as social programs are typically funded by participation counts. Schools actually benefit by trying to get as many kids onto the free and reduced lists as possible, because the state gives the most funding to the schools that appear to be the poorest.
Kids are put into rooms based on how old they are, with usually no bearing on ability or skill level. Teachers would find teaching easier, kids would learn faster.
Smart kids are made to feel guilty and ostracized, while the average kid is held up as the model for the rest. A few years ago, our system implemented a new policy that allowed any kid to re-take any test once. All they had to do was ask, sit through a study session after school, and then take the test after school.
Again, seems reasonable, right? Give the kid a second chance in case they blow it, right? Well, tell me what incentive any kid has now to work hard and study for the first test? Teachers accept late assignments without penalty. I know a kid that has 15 missing assignments in one class.
They just needed to be turned in before the end of the semester. There was no penalty at all for being late.
Critical information is conveniently glossed-over to emphasize other points. In public school history, there were no violent indians, only the South had slaves, and all slave-traders were white.Let us eschew the familiar examples: the disinvited speakers, the Title IX tribunals, the safe zones stocked with Play-Doh, the crusades against banh mi.
Keep the arts in schools. Keep the Arts in Schools School can be viewed as an extremely boring place to spend most of the day.
Plain colors of paint cover the walls and the only sounds students and staff hear are the . News, reviews and features on fashion and style, travel, gear and gadgets, health and fitness, sports, food and drink, movies, television, books, art, theater, cars. Political hacks have a term – also ran – used to describe people who ran for political office unsuccessfully.
And by the term political hack, I am referring to the bloviating second-guessers that have plugged the drain after the election, making post-election coverage more painful than the actual election. The boarding schools had what came to be called the "half and half" system where students spent half of the day in the classroom and half at a work assignment or "detail" on the school grounds.
As I scroll through my Instagram feed I see various types of pictures: food, family, homework and a myriad of other subjects. One thing many of the people I see on Instagram do is take pictures in front of old, beat up homes on the east side of Detroit.