13 April 2009

K12: Good News & Teaching With The Lights On

It's more fun to talk about the reality of teaching .... ya know ... hard working - honest folk who are ready to take some action based on their belief for the good of the cause....

For starters, teachers in the UK ... I luv their gusto and bravado..... have had enough! Haven't all teachers in every country?

.... but the UK folks are saying so out in the open .... and they are ready to do something - a novel idea!! Kudos to them!

1. They are threatening to strike over being fedup with the low pay and testing requirements ....

2. Apparently some schools hire bouncers to be in classes that substitutes teach because of unruly students ....

Next in the room with the lights on.....a national curriculum .... the issue has been raised again in the UK. I can't remember when it's been discussed in the USA .... I guess it's more enriching and costs less to have each state do education a different way ....boy, I betcha if
a national curriculum bill ever hit that floor for a vote it'd have some serious pork on it.

Until going to graduate school and studying education I was always AGAINST a a national curriculum .... but I now think it's a main strength of getting the USA out of the quagmire that education now is. Read more about the UK debate here ... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7982215.stm

...and now the good news ..... for all USA teachers....
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Hope your week is off to a brilliant start! Jack

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