Is money spent on school technology money well spent?
Public education has advanced at a rapid pace with the focus on the paperless classroom. Education leaders are advancing the theory that technology can place everything on computers for learning, review and testing. This is the mantra school districts throughout the country have been marching to since the early 2000’s. This focus on creating everything electronically has been advertised as the delivery system to assist our students in becoming better learners.
We are being sucked into the educational technology black hole by focusing more and more of our educational budget on technology infrastructure, software, and hardware.
With the creation of Common Core (the federal government’s attempt at taking over our local school systems) the requirement that all state testing is done on computers to allow quick analysis and feedback to our educators has been established. Unfortunately, so far, we have not seen (more…)
Redux plus dux equals $878,000,000
-No, this is not a replay of a post from a few weeks ago.
Public schools make money from Charter Schools
A few weeks ago we attempted to clear up some misunderstanding that exists around charter schools. As we are often ahead of the curve, last week many newspapers in the state of Florida ran a piece about charter schools. Cherry picking two schools that have closed the writer was aghast at wasted taxpayer money, $150,000, that went into these schools.
While we don’t like seeing wasted tax dollars when the 800 pound kettle is calling the Suzie Homemaker pot black it is necessary to bring notice to it.
As soon as last Sunday’s paper hit the door step the following letter was fired off to the local paper. We wanted to give the paper first crack at publishing a response to their article. Unless we missed it, it wasn’t or has yet to be published. So we felt that it was our duty to bring it to you here.
BREAKING THE CHARTER SCHOOL MYTH
People constantly speak and write about the advantage charter schools have over the public school system. Statements that they don’t take tests or educate tough children, all while getting the same funding as public schools are common in the press. These myths have no foundation to stand on. (more…)
“When we have lost our way, the quickest way forward is usually to go home.” – C.S. Lewis
Much is being written about speaker Boehner’s giving up the speaker’s gavel of the U.S. House of Representatives. What should be looked at are his words when he took the gavel from Nancy Pelosi. The following was written by John Boehner article in the Wall Street Journal November 5, 2010 entitled “What the Next Speaker Must Do.”
The Speaker’s Gavel
Here is the first of what I think will be many in a collection of posts and articles about education. Education, because it deals with our children, grandchildren, and the future of our country, has been and will continue to be a hot button topic, and one we need to follow. – Mike L.
Competition in education is a healthy concept and one that is long over due.
March Madness! Everyone who enjoys basketball and its competitive nature understands that phrase. March is the month of the college basketball’s super bowl, the NCAA national championship.
It is unfortunate that as a country we don’t have a similar passion for our K-12 educational system. In many states we have a grading system for our schools and school districts. This identifies the good from the not so good in public education. There really isn’t any competition within the system, just goals to be judged by. Would our schools be better if there were competition like a field of 64 defined down to #1, the CHAMPION? (more…)