Showing posts from April, 2017

Public Schools and Choice

Is it true that public school kids and their public school parents don't have choices?  I'm sure that I will expose my ignorance of the "far right" and the "far left" and their respective discussion points about school choice; but isn't it the case that we already have a fair amount of choice when it comes to educating our students?

"Better Schools"        I think I understand the issue of "better schools" in richer areas.  It goes like this:

Richer people (even upper-middle-class and middle class people) are more likely to have college degrees.Parents with college degrees are more likely to value education.People who value education are more likely to instill these values into their children.Children with parents that value education (especially if their parents--themselves--are college graduates) are more likely to do well in school.Hence, schools in richer areas have students who do well in school.  (I'm defining "…

We Protect Our Students - but we can do better

I just finished watching the Netflix show titled 13 Reasons Why.  It is about a high school girl that commits suicide and her life in high school during the two years prior to killing herself.  It made me think of all of the efforts and policies and hours spent on keeping students safe in our schools.  We practice fire drills and code-red drills; we encourage students to talk with an adult when they see something or hear something dangerous; and we all make an effort to have good, healthy relationships with as many students as we can.

       Still, despite these efforts we are constantly faced with the reality of high school students riding into their first attempts of adult life without training wheels.  Adults can be warm and friendly and approachable, but they are still adults.  It is too easy for teenagers to view the adults in their life as completely unable to understand the issues that they face.  We can do better.

       In 2014, 1668 teenagers (13 to 18 years old) kill…