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02 Apr 2010   08:36:09 pm
National Books
Now the Government wants all the states to use the exact same textbooks when they teach the children. Now while on paper that might sound good, I can tell you flat out that it sucks completely. Each state has different needs and culture and the school books should reflect that. Just because our public school children are failing, doesnt mean that the Government needs to stick its over paid nose into it. Back off and let the States do it their way.

Take Hawaii and Virginia for example: History
Virginia will teach about the King of England and the Revolution, Tea prices and all that, but Hawaii doesnt care about the King of England because they had their own ruling family and their students need to study about that.

Now I am not saying that Hawaiian children dont need to learn American History because they all do, but how a state became a state and what that state history was is also very important to how the children of the state views History.

To Virginia -- the Revolutionary War was very important, had some battles there, was part of the founding of this country -- so that beginning history is very important to that state.
To Hawaii -- all of that Virginia history is just something in a book. They were not involved, and were thier own country at the time, so they need to learn it different.

To make the children in both states use the same History book and learn it the same is wrong.

Take Alaska and Colorado: Social Studies -- ie city,county, neighborhood stuff,where they live

Colorado -- children first learn their neighborhood, corner market,post office, city information like library, school location and then on to county information and so forth,what they live in is houses, apts, condos.
Alaska -- they have no Counties, and most the kids live miles from a true city, no corner market or local post office. What they live in is yurts, igloos,houses,apts,bush tents,boats

To make children in these two states study the Same Social Studies is wrong and will completely confuse the children.

Alaska and Hawaii: Seasons, length of day/night

Alaska -- has snow from Sept - May and some areas of that state has snow year round,winter they see no sun, summer they have no night, leaves change in september.
Hawaii -- last time I checked, they have 2 seasons basically -- Hot and not so hot, no seasonal changes with leaves and colors, and have normal day/night.

Can you see how children studying with the exact same textbooks would confuse both?

Now I figure you are thinking.. Well math is the same for all... is it? Lets examine that, shall we?

I will use 6 states this time:
New York (NY)
Florida(FL)
Kansas(KS)
Oregon(OR)
Hawaii(HI)
Alaska(AK)

Ok lets do the math comparison:
NY and FL have to use the exact same math book -- and word problems are introduced and they talk about how long it will take a subway to get from point A to Point B. NY kids understand what a subway is and all that, but a FL kid would be.. subway? so lets add confusion about an object onto math shall we?

NY and FL -- Recipe talks about how many oranges you have to use and names a size of orange.
FL kids would know exactly what that orange is and how to get it and use it, while I bet in NY, they have one size and dont know there are different size oranges.

FL and KS -- same math book
bushels -- KS kids probably understand this measurement due to the amount of farms around them. FL kids would be completely lost.
Nautical Miles -- FL kids probably understand this measurement due to Hurricane watching and boating. KS kids would be lost.

KS and OR -- same math book
bushels -- KS kids probably understand this measurement due to the amount of farms around them. OR kids would be completely lost.
board foot -- OR sells alot of lumber so those kids probably would recognize this measurement, but what about the KS kids?

OR and HI -- same math book
How much spam is needed to make a spam/egg casserole? HI kids would know due to the fact that HI eats more spam per capita than any other state. Would OR kids know or even care?

OR and AK -- same math book
distance to town? for OR kids -- 5 mins or 5 miles. AK kids -- 3 days, 70 miles or town what town?
If you had x amt of money -- how many bush plane rides could you take? OR kids -- Huh? AK kids would know what you are talking about.
How many people can be fed by a Moose? A polar bear? A whale? AK kids would know, OR kids would probably not know.


These are just some of the problems with the same math book that would crop up if all the states had to use the same one.

Geology -- Most states like to teach the geology of the state, weather of the state and so forth.
Florida and HI using the same geology text -- One has Hurricanes, one has Typhoons. One has Volcanoes, One doesnt. One has swamps, one doesnt.

HI and AK -- both have volcanoes but they are completely different. AK volcanoes dont spew lava, HI volcanoes do, HI doesnt have blizzards, AK does. AK has tundra, HI doesnt.

Science -- chemistry,physics,cooking(I see it as a science because items are being changed with heat and so forth)

New York and Florida -- temps would be different due to humidity, less water for some things and so forth.
AK and any other state -- bread rises different, compasses dont work, water boils at a different time.

How about Health? What a balance meal is, showering, brushing teeth, laundry, taking care of your body.

What a healthy meal is seriously depends on where you live. What might be considered gross and unhealthy in one state, isnt in another. Louisana,Florida,Texas -- are three states that I know eat alligator and snake and find it delicious but a California or New York or Kansas child would find that gross.
Calfornia kids have garlic,artichokes,avocados -- but to alot of midwest and east coast kids those are gross.
Alaska kids eat alot of meat -- they have to for warmth in winter.
Hawaii kids eat alot of spam, poi, pig --- most other kids dont even know what poi is.

Showering/laundry -
Alot of Alaska homes dont even have indoor facilities and they drive to the nearest town to use the public showers once a week. Laundry is a once a month thing.

If this national book idea passes, then you will have problems with the tests from the books.
Example:
Question could be:
A Large fish weighs how much?
2 lbs
5 lbs
10 lbs
none of the above

For most kids in most states it is 5 - 10 lbs, but Alaska Salmon are 20 - 60 lbs depending on the salmon breed, so the Alaska Kids would pick none of the above and get it wrong.

How about this one?
Tis raining and storming outside, what do you do?
Read a book
watch tv
play outside
play a video game

For most kids it is a simple answer, for Alaska,Florida,Oregon kids -- it is play outside because it rains so much and for AK or it is snowing. They play outside no matter what, also alot of AK households have no TV, but they would get it wrong on the test.



Do you see how having any nationally required text is going to cause problems? That isnt the way to fix our educational system. I blogged in another Education post exactly what would help. Tell your representatives, write them, call them and demand they say NO to national text books.
Category : Education | Posted By : 8GoldStars | Comments[173] | Trackbacks [66134]
19 Mar 2010   11:55:51 pm
School Closings
As most of you know, the education of this country has truly gone down the toilet. Students are graduating without the ability to succeed in college or at a full time job. Their reading level is low and their math skills are almost non existant. They know nothing about history, geography or any of the other subjects and daily life skills that are needed to be a success in the Adult world.

Now I have heard that some Schools are being closed to save money, because students are failing, because the teachers suck and so forth. Now lets analyze this shall we?

1.School Close due to inadequate Teachers
Now I happen to know that most teachers put in more hours per week to prepare for their classes than any other profession. They have to write out lessons, tests, homework assignments, then grade them all, not included in all that is the staff meetings, the district meetings, the parent - teacher meetings, the before school and after school duty, the lunch duty and so forth. For a work day of approximately 12 hrs, a teacher with 20 years of work experience and a minimum of a Bachelors of Science or Arts makes a measely 32k a year, and for alot of teachers that doesnt even give them health or dental insurance. Add to that, the fact that most schools today have no discipline and the students threaten, harass and attack the teachers and you wonder why your student doesnt learn?

Where are you? The parents? Why do you support your student in the mistreatment of the Teachers and then blame the teacher when your student didnt learn? Why not take away all of your students extra curricular activities and devices - computer, video, cell phone, sports -- until they show the respect to their teachers that the teachers deserve? Why blame the teacher when you, the parent, are to blame?

2. School Close due to Bankruptcy of District
Now I have a hard problem understanding how a school district can run out of money, since most school districts get their funding fun the state, the feds and property taxes. I think these school districts need to cut their programs down to the bare minimum until their students start performing properly as in academically, not on sports teams. The sports teams are extra, hence the term extra curricular, means not mandatory, or needed. Sure it is fun to watch your local school team play another team but wouldnt you rather have the school stay open and your student go to college on an academic scholorship instead of how well he/she can do a hook shot or hit a ball with a piece of wood?

3. School Close due to City issues.
The city has hard times due to major layoffs, families moving out of the area because of no jobs and so forth. Now this is totally different than the other 2 reasons for closing a school. Why pay to have a school open if it is more expensive to keep it open and heated or air conditioned than to bus the students to a different school?


Another thing that bothers me is hearing about teachers being fired because the students are doing poorly. I really dont think you all get it when it comes to learning. A teacher can sit there and teach the material 100 different ways but if the student cant learn it for whatever reason - drugs, apathy, school safety -- they wont learn it. You cannot make a student learn. They have to want to learn. They have to feel safe in their learning environment, they have to feel like there is a purpose for them to learn the material, they have to feel like their home environment supports their learning the subject material. If one of these breaks down, the student wont learn. Blaming the teacher because the student wont learn is stupid and does what lately seems to be the norm, putting the blame on the wrong person.

The teacher is doing their job -- teaching.
The student isnt doing their job -- learning.
The parents arent doing their job - supporting the teacher and the learning process.

These are some of the major problems with this country's public schools now. It isnt the test scores that make a great school, it isnt the sports teams, it isnt the latest and greatest equipment or style of clothing.

IT IS THE TEACHERS!

Support them, teach your children that teachers are there to teach but they have to show the teacher respect and want to learn. They have to help the teacher teach by learning, asking questions and listening.

Take the tests out of the schools, the test scores for the fed. money and give the teachers the support they need by making the schools safe and a more learnable environment for the students and the teachers.

You will remember the best teacher you ever had from 1st until 12th forever, but you will forget the final score of your schools teams championship game within a few years.

Remember that, the next time you complain about the teachers. Stop blaming them about your child that refuses to learn and showing them no respect. Blame Yourself.
Category : Education | Posted By : 8GoldStars | Comments[249] | Trackbacks [68022]
08 Jan 2010   10:14:31 pm
Education-- How to fix it!
Ok as most know the education of the USA has gone to the toilet, kids are passed for showing up, they learn nothing and still the government demands better test scores. I know how to fix our school system in a few easy steps.

1. Get the stupid psychologists out of the schools and stop worrying about the kids "feelings" about failing!
-- When I was in school, if you didnt do your schoolwork, didnt pass the tests and didnt actually come to school you FAILED!! Noone cared if you didnt like it, noone cared if your friends went up a grade and you were left behind. WE LEARNED TO NOT EXPECT FREE HANDOUTS!! We learned hard work got you the awards of good grades, passing your grade and pleasing your parents.
--- GIVE BACK A CHILD'S RIGHT TO FAIL!

2. Pay the teachers competitve rates.
-- Do you realize that a teacher is required to have a Bachelor of Arts/Science (BA/BS) degree to even take the test to be a teacher??
-- Do you realize that a starting 1st year teacher is lucky to make poverty level in her/his yearly salary?
--Do you realize that after 30 yrs of teaching that same teacher is lucky to make 45k a year?
--- Do you realize most teachers have NO medical/dental/health insurance?
--- BUT if they went into their career field... say BS in Chemistry -- their start pay would be 45K??


THAT IS ONE OF THE REASON MOST TEACHERS QUIT!!

Other reasons is that students are allowed to attack them, harass them and hurt them and they get no backup from their principal or district.
When I was in school.. Parents and Students respected the teachers and if you DARED to talk back to one or harm them, your parents would kick your butt.

BRING BACK THE SAFETY OF TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS!!

3. Forced testing, dumbing down of the books.
-- You know I am tired of seeing 6 weeks a year going to teach students how to take the damn test!, teach them the other stuff -- algebra, history, civics, chemistry, physics, biology, english lit, and shove that stupid test up the NEA's butt!

If these kids cant read their damn diploma, havent been taught that work brings rewards, havent been taught a work ethic -- they will FAIL AT LIFE!!

4. Displine, PE, dress codes
And BRING BACK SCHOOL DISCIPLINE--- Yes I mean that disgusting wooden paddle applied to the backside of the idiot students that cause probs!!

And dress codes, and school rules and school contracts of appropriate and acceptable behavior and ENFORCE IT!!

And you parents --stop blaming the school cause you have fat lazy stupid kids!! It is your fault too!! Take from their rooms -- their tv, their video games, all that crap that they dont need. Stop feeding them fast food crap, hand them a book that doesnt have pictures like Keats, Poe, Shakespeare, Dickens, Azimov, Austin,Hemingway, London... and make them LEARN and kick them outside and make them WALK, Bike or whatever to go somewhere and you will be amazed at how fast they stop being fat idiots and start thinking.

THAT IS HOW TO FIX THE SCHOOLS!
Category : Education | Posted By : 8GoldStars | Comments[345] | Trackbacks [34340]
 
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