A Teachers Viewpoint

Location: Texas, United States

I am a teacher with 33 years experience in public education. The purpose of this web log is to critically examine the present state of education in our great country and, particularly, in Texas.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

wonder whats new today

You have to love it.....

A wake-up call from one of America's top education watchdogs: Parents are ultimately responsible for their kids' future success. Check out the rest of the article here.

Here's one that seems to say that school success might indicate success in he real world. Who would have thunk it?

In their meta-analysis of 127 studies involving 20,352 participants, psychologists Nathan R. Kuncel, Ph.D., and Sarah A. Hezlett, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Deniz S. Ones, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, set out to directly test whether the abilities related to performance in academic settings overlap with those predicting performance in work settings. To do this, they focused on studies that involved the Miller Analogies Test, or MAT. The MAT has been used for admissions decisions into graduate schools as well as in hiring and promotion decisions in the workplace. In use since 1926, the MAT is composed of analogies that require knowledge in many different areas, including sciences, literature, the arts, history and vocabulary. Read the rest here.

Kudos to teacher Debbie Fisher in St. Petersburg, Florida ...

Debbie Fisher, a teacher at Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, has a problem her peers can only wish for:After class, her students don't want to leave. Check it here.

Here is another great teacher. For Elaine Schwartz, 2005 is going to be a tough act to follow. That's the way to go Elaine! Read about this wonderful teacher here.

Late in the day today, I noticed this article in the Guardian over across the pond. Teachers who use any technology probably are familiar with Power Point. Here is a nice article on the uses of the program. According to the article "Whether it's used to teach special needs children to express themselves or for demonstrating accelerated learning, PowerPoint is proving a real hit." The rest of the article is found here.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The loss of wonder in school

As we all know there has been an enormous controversy regarding the teaching of evolution in schools. I think one, among many, of the things that bothers me with the secular fold is the loss of wonder. I am a Christian. But, I don't have a problem with evolution because I believe that God did it all. I also see the holes in evolutionary theory. I think I found an article today that puts it better than I could ever hope to do. The article is The Death of Wonder by Rabbi Nathan Lopez Cardozo

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I didn't know what to do with this from the start

Hopefully, I will now. I really hope I am a little less bitter now than I was a few months back. A lot of things in education seem unjust to me and in fact, they make me mad.

I am going to be restructuring this blog to include much more related to home schools. I really believe in them. I am very drawn to the independent lifestyle it affords. I am also keenly aware of the traps that can be set. I am going to try to keep this local as much as possible, offer teaching tips and support homeschoolers as much as possible. I will also be scanning the news for items as they come up.

Henry Cate asked me if I would mention the First Carnival of homeschooling. So, the First Carnival of Homeschooling is up and can be found at: http://whyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2006/01/carnival-of-homeschooling-week-1.html

I am more than willing Henry. There ya go!

I hope everyone has a great and happy New Year. I hope God blesses you really well.