Paying students to attend school?

What are we coming to? An article on the CNN website today tells of a new program that pays parents to attend parent-teacher conferences and pays students to attend school and take tests.  Says the brainiac who thought up this idea, “Our parents are disconnected. They’re disconnected from a system that doesn’t respect them,” says Wiley. “They’re disconnected from a system they don’t have a positive relationship with, so we’ve got to reconnect our parents.” Respect? Excuse me, but as a teacher I had nothing but respect for the parents of my students.  In my eyes, I worked for them … Continue reading Paying students to attend school?

Sine of the Times

The front page of today’s Metro section of the Dallas Morning News has a series of photographs of billboards, posters, and signs found throughout Dallas — all with glaring spelling and/or grammatical errors. A generation of our people have scraped through our public schools and have entered the workforce without knowing how to write (or spell, or read, or balance a checkbook, etc). Clearly, something in our education system is broken! More to come…. Continue reading Sine of the Times

The Educator’s Candidate

Education — education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained, but what is the value of access to a failing school? We need…We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice. Let’s remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work. When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students, parent — when it fails to meet its obligations to students, parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend … Continue reading The Educator’s Candidate