Showing posts from January, 2015

Problems Seen and Problems Solved

American public schools can be described in some very large numbers:
100,000 schools 3,700,000 teachers 55,000,000 students 700,000,000,000 dollars
       Yipes!  Those are certainly huge numbers.  Of course, the United States is a big county of over 300 million people.  When we talk about any "system" in the United States, we are going to use some very big numbers.  And sometimes big numbers can make it seem as if the problems with our educational system are too big for us to solve.  But there is no such thing as a problem that is too big to solve.

       At one time in America it seemed ridiculous that women would ever get the right to vote.  At one time it seemed impossible that man would ever walk on the moon.  Separating our garbage into plastic and paper items in one spot and everything else in another spot was unheard of.  Smoking cigarettes used to be common in restaurants and offices.  And in our schools, it used to be practically impossible for students r…

college and CAREER

Our schools have picked up the catch phrase "College and Career" a lot over the past few years.  But the words that come after this phrase seem to (more often than not) have a lot more to do with "college" and a lot less to do with "career".  
       Of course it is important for our P-12 schools to prepare students for college.  But our most important responsibility is to prepare students to be responsible and productive citizens.  For some students, that means beginning a career soon after high school.  In the school systems where I have worked, we have taken this responsibility very seriously.  We have a separate school building that is our Career and Technology Center (CTC).  Students spend part of their school day at their regular, comprehensive high school and the rest of their day at the CTC.  This school holds classes that teach students trades and prepare them for certification requirements in these various trades.  We also have courses an…