I agree with 100% of this post, especially “Write something,” because it is important to communicate with others who struggle to solve the same problems. Our school district has trained us in the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). In the PLC meetings I facilitate, we track several sources of data and have set up a data wall to keep our fingers on the academic pulse of our children. Many of the ideas we employ have been inspired by blogs and research articles so I treasure what you said about sharing…”especially if you have a solution that might be generalized or even replicated in other environments.”
The fault dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” -Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141), William Shakespeare
There are fewer words in the English language which, in combination, cause me more agita than “school reform”. I have been struggling to understand the school reform debate for quite a while now – almost four decades. It pains me to witness the ‘dogfight’ being played out across the country in newspapers, films and in the media as parents, politicians, teachers and educators accuse, complain, and blame.
University of Chicago professor and author Charles M. Payne expresses my frustration concisely and correctly in the title of his recent book on school reform: So Much Reform, So Little Change: the Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools. We are a ‘nation at risk’, ‘wondering why Johnny can’t read; ‘waiting for superman’; hoping to ‘leave no child behind’. And still we leave…
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