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  • calantjis@aol.com
    Five Educational Myths 1) It all happens in the classroom. Learning requires reinforcement through homework and studying, otherwise, whatever is taught in the
    Message 1 of 6 , Dec 24, 2010
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      Five Educational Myths
         
        1)  It all happens in the classroom.
       
            Learning requires reinforcement through homework and studying, otherwise, whatever is taught in the classroom will not be retained. This is one of the reasons for poor test results.
       
        2) The teacher is the most important factor in learning.
       
           Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the most important factors in learning. If these factors are lacking, no teacher will be successful. Test scores are primarily a reflection of these factors.
       
        3)  More money will improve education.
       
           Education budgets have been continually rising for many years will little results. NYC has an education budget of approximately 20 billion. Federal money has been increasing to schools. Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the factors which money can not buy.
       
        4) Smaller Learning Communities (including smaller schools) will improve education.
       
          Smaller Learning Communities have been around since the 1980's with little results. It is a cosmetic fix as class sizes are generally no different than other schools. Smaller Schools (last ten years) only get better results when student populations are changed. In ten years, smaller schools will combine and the large comprehensive high school will return due to poor results and cost effectiveness.
       
       5) All children must be prepared for college.
       
         Many students have no desire to go to college and due to their own choices, lack the skills necessary. We see evidence of this in the extremely low CUNY 2 year and 4 year graduation rates. High schools must focus on the needs of these students by primarily preparing them for the workforce.
       
       
      James Calantjis
      Educator


    • HB
      Brilliant! -HB ________________________________ From: calantjis@aol.com To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com; ICOPE@yahoogroups.com Sent:
      Message 2 of 6 , Dec 24, 2010
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        Brilliant!
         
        -HB


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        Five Educational Myths
           
          1)  It all happens in the classroom.
         
              Learning requires reinforcement through homework and studying, otherwise, whatever is taught in the classroom will not be retained. This is one of the reasons for poor test results.
         
          2) The teacher is the most important factor in learning.
         
             Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the most important factors in learning. If these factors are lacking, no teacher will be successful. Test scores are primarily a reflection of these factors.
         
          3)  More money will improve education.
         
             Education budgets have been continually rising for many years will little results. NYC has an education budget of approximately 20 billion. Federal money has been increasing to schools. Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the factors which money can not buy.
         
          4) Smaller Learning Communities (including smaller schools) will improve education.
         
            Smaller Learning Communities have been around since the 1980's with little results. It is a cosmetic fix as class sizes are generally no different than other schools. Smaller Schools (last ten years) only get better results when student populations are changed. In ten years, smaller schools will combine and the large comprehensive high school will return due to poor results and cost effectiveness.
         
         5) All children must be prepared for college.
         
           Many students have no desire to go to college and due to their own choices, lack the skills necessary. We see evidence of this in the extremely low CUNY 2 year and 4 year graduation rates. High schools must focus on the needs of these students by primarily preparing them for the workforce.
         
         
        James Calantjis
        Educator



      • Leonie Haimson
        Many studies show that smaller classes lead to more engaged and motivated students. This is because they feel like they matter, and a workable feedback loop
        Message 3 of 6 , Dec 24, 2010
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          Many studies show that smaller classes lead to more engaged and motivated students.  This is because they feel like they matter, and a workable feedback loop exists between teachers and students.

           

          Smaller classes cost more money.  The research shows that on average, more spending does lead to better outcomes.

           

          However, the money must be spent on the right things.  It is possible to throw money away, as the DOE has done in many instances.

           

           

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          Five Educational Myths

             

            1)  It all happens in the classroom.

           

                Learning requires reinforcement through homework and studying, otherwise, whatever is taught in the classroom will not be retained. This is one of the reasons for poor test results.

           

            2) The teacher is the most important factor in learning.

           

               Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the most important factors in learning. If these factors are lacking, no teacher will be successful. Test scores are primarily a reflection of these factors.

           

            3)  More money will improve education.

           

               Education budgets have been continually rising for many years will little results. NYC has an education budget of approximately 20 billion. Federal money has been increasing to schools. Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the factors which money can not buy.

           

            4) Smaller Learning Communities (including smaller schools) will improve education.

           

              Smaller Learning Communities have been around since the 1980's with little results. It is a cosmetic fix as class sizes are generally no different than other schools. Smaller Schools (last ten years) only get better results when student populations are changed. In ten years, smaller schools will combine and the large comprehensive high school will return due to poor results and cost effectiveness.

           

           5) All children must be prepared for college.

           

             Many students have no desire to go to college and due to their own choices, lack the skills necessary. We see evidence of this in the extremely low CUNY 2 year and 4 year graduation rates. High schools must focus on the needs of these students by primarily preparing them for the workforce.

           

           

          James Calantjis

          Educator

           

        • Deborah Meier
          Indeed--brilliantly stupid. Or misguided. .... Teachers influence attitudes, motivation and effort. As does a community of teachers--the culture of a
          Message 4 of 6 , Dec 24, 2010
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            Indeed--brilliantly stupid. Or misguided.  ....    Teachers influence attitudes, motivation and effort. As does a community of teachers--the culture of a school s well s a single clasroom or series of classrooms.   Parents without a strong education themselves are at a disadvantage in "helping" with homework--as even my math major son discovered his limits in "helping" (teaching) his own kids math!  Of course, small classes matter--as every person (nearly) with sufficient resources insists on for his/her own child--ditto for smaller schools (especially in secondary education!).  Of course it's easier to be anonymous--teachers and kids--in a big school.  etc etc.  And it's esier to create a culture of adults that inspires kids to want to grow up educated......not just rich--in a smaller more personalized setting.  There are exceptions, but certain aspects of private education increase the odds that kids already favored will be more so. 

            Deb
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            Deborah Meier

            Note: latest book!! Playing For Keeps (TC Press) by D. Meier, Brenda Engel and Beth Taylor

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            On Dec 24, 2010, at 10:14 AM, HB wrote:


            Brilliant!
             
            -HB


            From: "calantjis@..." <calantjis@...>
            To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com; ICOPE@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Fri, December 24, 2010 10:01:53 AM
            Subject: ICOPElistserv Five Educational Myths

             

            Five Educational Myths
               
              1)  It all happens in the classroom.
             
                  Learning requires reinforcement through homework and studying, otherwise, whatever is taught in the classroom will not be retained. This is one of the reasons for poor test results.
             
              2) The teacher is the most important factor in learning.
             
                 Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the most important factors in learning. If these factors are lacking, no teacher will be successful. Test scores are primarily a reflection of these factors.
             
              3)  More money will improve education.
             
                 Education budgets have been continually rising for many years will little results. NYC has an education budget of approximately 20 billion. Federal money has been increasing to schools. Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the factors which money can not buy.
             
              4) Smaller Learning Communities (including smaller schools) will improve education.
             
                Smaller Learning Communities have been around since the 1980's with little results. It is a cosmetic fix as class sizes are generally no different than other schools. Smaller Schools (last ten years) only get better results when student populations are changed. In ten years, smaller schools will combine and the large comprehensive high school will return due to poor results and cost effectiveness.
             
             5) All children must be prepared for college.
             
               Many students have no desire to go to college and due to their own choices, lack the skills necessary. We see evidence of this in the extremely low CUNY 2 year and 4 year graduation rates. High schools must focus on the needs of these students by primarily preparing them for the workforce.
             
             
            James Calantjis
            Educator





          • jcalant
            ... Five Educational Myths 1) It all happens in the classroom. Learning requires reinforcement through homework and studying, otherwise, whatever is taught in
            Message 5 of 6 , May 15, 2013
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              Five Educational Myths
                 
                1)  It all happens in the classroom.
               
                    Learning requires reinforcement through homework and studying, otherwise, whatever is taught in the classroom will not be retained. This is one of the reasons for poor test results.
               
                2) The teacher is the most important factor in learning.
               
                   Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the most important factors in learning. If these factors are lacking, no teacher will be successful. Test scores are primarily a reflection of these factors.
               
                3)  More money will improve education.
               
                   Education budgets have been continually rising for many years will little results. NYC has an education budget of approximately 20 billion. Federal money has been increasing to schools. Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the factors which money can not buy.
               
                4) Smaller Learning Communities (including smaller schools) will improve education.
               
                  Smaller Learning Communities have been around since the 1980's with little results. It is a cosmetic fix as class sizes are generally no different than other schools. Smaller Schools (last ten years) only get better results when student populations are changed. In ten years, smaller schools will combine and the large comprehensive high school will return due to poor results and cost effectiveness.
               
               5) All children must be prepared for college.
               
                 Many students have no desire to go to college and due to their own choices, lack the skills necessary. We see evidence of this in the extremely low CUNY 2 year and 4 year graduation rates. High schools must focus on the needs of these students by primarily preparing them for the workforce.
               
               
              James Calantjis
              Educator


            • Deborah Meier
              Calantijis--on myths. There s a bit of blame the victimology in your list of mythologies. But your views are clear. ... Deborah Meier Note: latest book!!
              Message 6 of 6 , May 17, 2013
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                Calantijis--on myths.  There's a bit of "blame the victimology" in your list of mythologies.  But your views are clear.
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                Deborah Meier

                Note: latest book!! Playing For Keeps (TC Press) by D. Meier, Brenda Engel and Beth Taylor

                NOTE: new e-mail address.  deborahmeier@...

                For more information see website:  http://www.deborahmeier.com







                On May 15, 2013, at 6:56 PM, calantjis@... wrote:

                 




                -----Original Message-----

                Five Educational Myths
                   
                  1)  It all happens in the classroom.
                 
                      Learning requires reinforcement through homework and studying, otherwise, whatever is taught in the classroom will not be retained. This is one of the reasons for poor test results.
                 
                  2) The teacher is the most important factor in learning.
                 
                     Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the most important factors in learning. If these factors are lacking, no teacher will be successful. Test scores are primarily a reflection of these factors.
                 
                  3)  More money will improve education.
                 
                     Education budgets have been continually rising for many years will little results. NYC has an education budget of approximately 20 billion. Federal money has been increasing to schools. Student attitudes, motivation and effort are the factors which money can not buy.
                 
                  4) Smaller Learning Communities (including smaller schools) will improve education.
                 
                    Smaller Learning Communities have been around since the 1980's with little results. It is a cosmetic fix as class sizes are generally no different than other schools. Smaller Schools (last ten years) only get better results when student populations are changed. In ten years, smaller schools will combine and the large comprehensive high school will return due to poor results and cost effectiveness.
                 
                 5) All children must be prepared for college.
                 
                   Many students have no desire to go to college and due to their own choices, lack the skills necessary. We see evidence of this in the extremely low CUNY 2 year and 4 year graduation rates. High schools must focus on the needs of these students by primarily preparing them for the workforce.
                 
                 
                James Calantjis
                Educator




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