|January 19th, 2017, 03:40 PM||#41|
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Brown Township, Ohio
My public grade school was a six room school house out in the country surrounded by corn, bean and wheat fields. Instruction was by rote and flash cards were used for basic math. Corporal punishment was administered when necessary. Heat was supplied by a coal fired furnace. Old and torn American flags were burned outside by the Boy Scouts. We didn't have a library but the bookmobile stopped by every two weeks. My class had 23 students and we were all white. Jackie Trent was black and he was in our class for two years and never saw one incident of racism. The entire class including the teacher said the Lord's Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance before class started. Pictures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were prominently displayed in every classroom as well as the American Flag. Six students in my class became multi-millionaires when adults which is better than a 25% millionaire rate. Three students in my class became decorated Vietnam Vets. This rural picture does not bode well for the Department of Education.
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|January 19th, 2017, 05:14 PM||#42|
Join Date: Dec 2015
Great question...and where to begin? Things have certainly changed. I guess I would start with the credentials I was required to have just to get started--strong teacher prep--the pedagogy classes, psychology/child development, student teaching, writing curriculum, languages, literature, etc. The Dept of Ed has requirements that must be met in order to BE a teacher--to receive a certification and be highly qualified. Teachers are back-ground checked and finger printed. For individuals who want to go beyond the basic requirements of state licensure, there is the option of achieving National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. This is just one thing that the Dept of Ed did for ME and students--at the same time.
What has the dept done for my students?
*Preschool and all day Kindergarten and Headstart programs
*Special Education and the the inception of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
*Disability Discrimination and Accommodations
*No Child Left Behind and Common Core--State Standards/Higher Standards
* Grants and financial aid
* Collection and dispersment of national educational data--how to improve math and reading--census data
* Required inclusion and aid for cognitively disabled, impaired
* Guidelines on religion and public schools
* Privacy Information Act
Is that enough? Because there's much more. When I first started teaching (small town Wisconsin), I was stunned to find the Down Syndrome children housed in a remote portable trailer on the edge of the district---all of them. There was one 'teacher' and one aid to about 10 kiddos, from ages 6-16. So basically they were hidden away--no curriculum--no requirements--no special area subjects like art, music, P.E. It was the Dept of Ed that changed that with the word "inclusion" and certified special ed teachers.
Today, Kinder kids can count to 20, know their alphabet, colors, shapes--and are reading...because of pre-school and Head Start programs.
Disabled students are mainstreamed--autistic, hearing/sight impaired, bi-polar, LD, ADHD, etc......because of the Dept of Education.
|January 20th, 2017, 03:10 AM||#44|
Join Date: Jul 2014
A phone call to the school revealed that they don't have a gun, they have a fence and bear spray.
|January 20th, 2017, 06:33 AM||#46|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Republic of Texas
|January 20th, 2017, 06:46 AM||#47|
Join Date: Jul 2016
|January 20th, 2017, 07:11 AM||#48|
Join Date: Jul 2015
|January 20th, 2017, 07:28 AM||#49|
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|January 20th, 2017, 08:09 AM||#50|
Join Date: Dec 2013
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