The Roanoke Slant

This file is a very brief journal and scrapbook and LTEs of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant. Comments to: lbhagen@roanokeslant.org

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

 

Too dumb to serve?

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Roanoke Times, 12-28-10, Pg 1 & 13: Editorial: Too dumb to serve? What does it say about our schools that so many graduates (25% of applicants) can’t pass the Army entry test?
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How incredibly politically incorrect! Calling our children DUMB!
They’re not dumb, they’re “intellectually challenged” and totally empowered by our society to choose to not learn and to choose to the best of their ability to inhibit others from learning in our public school classrooms.
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The following is a summary of Roanoke Times articles over the last 5 years on the sad performance of our public schools and the associated blog items clearly addressing the core classroom issues with public education.
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And it’s not the money – Stupid! Taxpayers spend over $10,000 per student per year, that’s over $130,000 for each student for K through 12!
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As long as parents, school boards, judges, ACLU, politicians and the media empower those students who choose not to learn and to be disruptive we will not make significant improvements in public school performance. The best teachers in the world with the best physical facilities and technology in the world cannot be successful in a disruptive and chaotic classroom environment that is beyond their control.
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Roanoke School Grades
Roanoke Times, 9/17/06, Pg 1: Teacher turnover spikes to almost 20%.
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/09/roanoke-school-grades.html
The best Teachers in the world with the best experience and best lesson-plans cannot teach in chaos. It’s not surprising that teachers are leaving. Except for prison guards, there is no other profession that tolerates and accepts the level of disrespect and harassment and chaos as does teaching.
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Perhaps Mr. Thompson and his division staff should have a meeting and view the Morgan Freeman movie "Lean on Me" as a starting point for establishing action plans and procedures and processes to achieve a teaching-learning environment in every classroom every period of every day.
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechleanonme2.html
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School failures
Roanoke Times, 9/17/05, Pg Va 1: Failures cause Roanoke schools to lose students. Under No Child Left Behind, Title I schools that are failing improvement criteria must offer students the option to transfer to other schools. Roanoke has several such situations.
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/09/school-failures.html
I could not find in this article a summary or discussion of the real issues involved in these failures. At what point will the school board, and the administrators address the teaching-learning environment in the classrooms and take the necessary steps to return the classrooms to the teaching-learning environment that’s required for each student to learn?
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The best Teachers in the world cannot teach in chaos. We need a process and system to deal with disruptive students and we need it NOW!
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Mr. Editor and folks at The Roanoke Times – why not take on this quest as a major effort that will help all the students in Roanoke and The Valley get a much improved education. Put aside the political-correctness mantra and get involved, creative and assertive in demanding classrooms in which teaching-learning can flourish! (Just imagine that George Bush is responsible for each and every dysfunctional classroom – and go get’em!)
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Teachers short on math
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2008/06/teachers-short-on-math.html
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Who are the failures?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/12/who-are-failures.html
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It's the MEASUREMENT STUPID!
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/04/its-measurement-stupid.html
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Schools, who is rsponsible for what?
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/08/schools-who-is-rsponsible-for-what.html
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Respect at school
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/08/respect-at-school.html
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Graduation rates
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/06/graduation-rates.html
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Hard-to-teach kids
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/04/hard-to-teach-kids.html
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Longer School Year
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/04/longer-school-year.html
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$100,000 K12 Education
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/03/100000-k12-education.html
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No child left behind
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/03/no-child-left-behind.html
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Gates-Warner Improve High Schools
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/02/gates-warner-improve-high-schools.html
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