Category Archives: Education Reform

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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Standards Referenced Grading

For Teachers /Parents, The latest fad for better or worse that will swoon sweep across the nation is Standards Referenced Grading It is coming to a school district near you soon if it has not already arrived! Look at the … Continue reading

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The Common (nothing special) Core

This is a re-post from  September of 2011 as the debate over the National Common Core heats up it seemed reasonable to re-post. National Core curriculums are like nuclear reactors, at the core of both we find a powerful but … Continue reading

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Sleep Deprivation and Education

In the Michael Jackson trial a noted sleep doctor said, “Like a computer, the brain has to go offline to maintain cells that we keep for life, since we don’t make more,” he said. “Sleep is the repair and maintenance … Continue reading

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