Posts Tagged ‘students’

While the adults are talking…parental involvement in education

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

school cartel

A new movie out called The Cartel presents the very sorry state of education in the U.S. The film criticizes teachers unions, tenure and concern over superintendents contracts using the Garden State as a backdrop because it tops the nation in per-student spending.

Like most problems, the initial reaction to low scores and high school students that don’t know the alphabet or basic multiplication is to throw money at the problem. Is there a correlation between the incredibly high property taxes in NJ? While we weren’t watching, the focus shifted away from education and toward politics. Even in my little town of Nutley, NJ when someone gets a job in any capacity in education the question is “Who do you know?”

That single question clearly presents the problem. If we don’t have the right people in the right jobs, education will continue to decline.

For the big picture, fixing this underperforming system will require that parents rally together and become advocates not only for their children, but all children.

But in your little world, remember it is the job of educators to teach our children to count the seeds in an apple; as parents it is our job to teach our children to count the apples in a seed.

What do you think will help? Please leave a comment.

Don’t you want to be an accountant?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008


“Consider a career you may have never imagined,” and the discussion begins. Corporations such as Deloitte are reaching out to high schools to persuade students to join their ranks. Their objective is to convey the benefits of working with sponsor companies. They do this by drafting curricula, lesson plans and equipment with the hope of creating a pipeline of workers far into the future.

Businesses are now influencing schools in a way that is much different than when businesses simply wanted students to become customers. This is in response to a fearful shortage of workers from the coming labor force.

Some are worried about a commercial agenda influencing schools, and the potential loss of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

On the plus side, students that may not have any idea what to do with their life, may get on an ‘express line’ to a career. It can also finally answer the age old question kids have when learning math and science, “When will I ever use this?”