Showing posts from February, 2018

Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?

Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against? Johnny : What've you got?    Marlon Brando - Johnny in “The Wild One” 1953      Schools are, and have always been, a reflection of our society. The societal issues we face are, like the people of our society, a  wonderfully illogical mix of multiple beliefs and interests, tragic and triumphant circumstances, individually unique backgrounds and talents and seldom prone to universal  solutions.  Over the past few years I have heard - and I’m sure you have too - ideas presented as solutions to violence in schools including changes in gun laws, upgrades to mental health screenings, arming teachers, metal detectors in all schools, armed guards patrolling the entrances and halls, rapid response systems, improved background checks, requiring daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, restoring prayer (it never left, by the way...lawyers just changed who led it),  the installation of cameras and video monitors, anti-gang,anti-violenc

Lets Begin at the Beginning

This article - and others on the teacher shortage - can be found on the Center for Teaching Quality website     Let’s begin with the premise that teaching is hard work, and that good teaching is even harder.  Bad teachers work hard, but fail through a deadly combination of inexperience, poor planning, poor preparation, ineffective staff development programs, the lack of a good mentoring program or all of the above, to direct their efforts toward positive results for students. If you really need proof that teaching is hard, simply ask any parent at the end of an extended school vacation if they are ready for school to resume. Parental valuation of the work teachers do rises exponentially as holidays progress.     I believe that the vast majority of teachers love teaching.  Just what is it teachers do, you might ask?  Here is a partial list of  teacher responsibilities that aren’t listed in any contract: drug educatio