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Melony



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:50 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

That's a good point, Mike.  I was just thinking the same thing this morning, that No Child Left Behind has mandated passing core tests at a certain level of knowledge, but how does a student get beyond the mandatory average set of skills tested?  Good point, Mike - thanks for bringing it up. We are thinking that it has contributed to our current lack of creativity in our students.  But that could be attributable to affleunce, too, couldn't it?  Necessity is the mother of invention and all that.


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Melony



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant to also say that I just returned from the book store with a new novel ironincally titled How to Buy a Love of Reading.  It is by a new author, Tanya Egan Gibson, and looks to be a totally great summer reading book.  Rich girl's parents think she is "intellectually impoverished" after she responds to an essay question at school that she has never read a novel she likes.  They hire a novelist to move in with them and write a book she will enjoy reading.  The author is Bree McEnroy, who has written a failed meta-novel about Odysseus's journey home through the Internet.  Eventually our heroine finds that stories we read and believe in have the power to destroy, or save, a person's life.

Ok, hoakie, but I want to find out what it is about and so far it has been delightful.  I also bought the children's novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, which starts:

It was a dark and stormy night.


What's not to love about that!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was talking to a fellow the other day who is retiring from the education field after 39 years as a teach, school principal and superintendent of schools. He said the number of kids who take their studies seriously is about the same as it was when he started teaching. What's changed, he said, is that the ones who are disrespectful and defiant of authority have become even more so over the years. That's the trend he's noticed.


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Melony



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I have noticed that trend, too.  But, I can unqualifyedly (if that's a word) say that kids are not as well educated as they were when I started teaching 34 years ago.  They also won't stay in school - we have a 25 - 30% drop out rate.  We also have about 1/5 of our students in online school because they can't abide by the school rules.

I was just reading an article about your neck of the woods, Joe, and it quoted the founder of a school in Toronto as saying that she has noticed many young people today having difficulty with executive function of the brain that regulates problem solving and task completion.



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