Posts tagged ‘school systems’

March 20, 2012

report card

Published in 2011, Push Has Come To Shove by Dr. Steve Perry delivers a raw & honest view of the state of education in our country.

Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve--Even If It Means Picking a Fight

Interesting points Dr. Perry states…:

  • nothing improves student performance as much as quality of instruction
  • parents are neither the cause nor the solution for the problems in our schools
  • many schools don’t know how to make parents useful partners
  • most good teachers don’t want anything to do with teachers’ unions
  • students know who the good teachers are
  • schools & educators derive some of their greatest growth from a sincere question

Additionally, Dr. Perry offers parenting thoughts from what is the best home atmosphere in promoting life-long learning to the challenges, including his own, of the 24/7 world of parenting.

  • “What I see in all successful parent-child relationships is humility & respect.”
  • 5 things parents can control (pg 95):  early reading, early numeracy, setting high expectations, curiosity, discipline
  • being a parent means putting your kids’ needs above your compulsions of adulthood while simultaneously keeping the you in you
  • “from the middle class up, we give our kids too damn much.”
  • successful students’ parents don’t do the studying for their kids, even if they do it together
  • successful kids are not perfect
  • create a shrine to learning in the home – read, watch what money is spent on as it reflects values, find educational toys supporting intellectual growth

“There’s always a price for what you want.”  ~ Dr. Steve Perry

December 6, 2011

class time

To those interested in learning about what it is like to be a teacher or about complications that arise in the field or about the state of education here & abroad, consider reading one or both of the following books:

1.  Educating Esme ~ Diary of a teacher’s first year   by Esme Raji Codell

Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year

2.  To Miss With Love ~ One inspirational teacher.  One extraordinary year.  Hope & heartbreak on the front lines of an inner-city school.   by Katharine Birbalsingh

To Miss with Love by Katharine Birbalsingh

An excellent description of the second book’s main points can be found here:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/8362188/To-Miss-with-Love-by-Katharine-Birbalsingh-review.html

Educating Esme was entertaining & inspiring.  To Miss With Love was quite an eye opener…the author brilliantly captures the big picture & consistently reaches for what is best for each pupil.  Excerpts from the book:

  • “parents are everything…”
  • “I think it’s our job to help all children, whatever their class or colour, to achieve their potential.”
  • “I feel for those poor children, both bright and not so bright, who are being taught, or indeed not taught, in a system of political fantasy…”

Praise for teachers.  And, by the way, if you are a parent, you are a teacher, too!  24/7 by example & environment & dialogue…

“A teacher affects eternity:  he can never tell where his influence stops.” 

~ Henry Adams

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