Category Archives: Education Reform

Throwing Money at Education

What Schools Need The answer is simple and it is not only money it is respect and discipline. Teachers need to respect their students and students and parents need to respect their teachers. As to the idea that more money … Continue reading

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School Suspensions; The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Recently our local paper opined that student suspensions from school harm education and for an individual student I agree that may be true. The editorial writer was particularly shocked and dismayed  that kindergartners and 1st graders were occasionally suspended while … Continue reading

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A Real Bargain

I had written around a thousand words about the destruction of public employee collective bargaining particularly as it would affect our schools, I was a teacher and a teacher association negotiator back in the “good” old days before collective bargaining … Continue reading

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A Principled Principal- Gary Eyerly

I had two great principals to work for, as a classroom teacher, in my teaching career. The first was Terri Cunconan at Johnston Middle School in the 70’s and 80’s and my second was Gary Eyerly at Hiatt Middle School … Continue reading

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It’s The School’s fault that My Child Is Tired

I find it interesting that the American Academy of Pediatrics finds that school start times ( have we heard this, it’s the schools fault theme before) are unhealthy without noting that parents used to nag their children to go to … Continue reading

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If Kids Were Cars

  We can all define a car, it has four wheels, seats, windows, doors, transmission trunk , and an engine. And we can argue quite correctly that all cars share certain characteristics.  But we can also agree that not all … Continue reading

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Teachers and the Crab Fishing- Dangerous Jobs?

Dr. Gerald Juhnke of the University of Texas quoted in a Des Moines Register  article concerning teacher killings illustrates just how far out of touch many college professors are with modern educational problems when he calls teaching a “peaceful profession.” It was a … Continue reading

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