funny - motivate students... when all the circumstances around school militate
against their engagement.
The best motivation would be, if school, teachers were permitted, to identify
school as what it is and see what people would come up with for alternative
From: Todd Groves tag1022@...
May 26, 2011 3:58:22 PM
Subject: [wccusdtalk] To spew or not to spew?
What have I learned from reading this list? If I were a Martian, and knew the
district only through the posts here, I would gleen this district's problems are
3. When all else fails, blame Charles Ramsey
Really? Could it be that easy? None of the three are going anywhere soon, so
what are our options? Take our marbles and go home? Pull our kids from public
schools? Or do we engage to fix things? I chose the latter.
We need to motivate students. The teacher excellence awards showed that we have
extraordinary capacity in the district. How do we support and expand on their
How do we empower school communities to find appropriate solutions tailored to
local needs? Do we need the same curriculum in all schools, or simply the same
What would stem the outflow of students? In my community, neighbor after
neighbor moved to avoid Portola, many aiming for King Middle in Berkeley. Why
can't we duplicate King's desirability?
I'm completely exhausted with fruitless sniping charactering school discussions.
On whole, we don't do a good job of educating the children of this community.
Instead of getting defensive, it's time to look squarely at our performance. If
you don't accept testing, propose other measures.
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