graceadams830about 1 year ago
1) Standardized tests favor those with Asperger's Syndrome. Rather than throw those tests out altogether, we should cut them about in half and use the savings to give right-brain students a chance to show their stuff to grade-consumers. Standardized tests are also cheaper to administer and for the grade-consumers to consume the results of than portfolios of more creative work. 2) Art, music, and phys ed exist mostly to give students a break from the 3 Rs which gives the back of their minds a chance to digest what has been shoved at the fronts of their minds with reading and math lessons. 3) So poor rural schools need extra help in helping their students cope with poverty the same as poor inner-city schools--nearly the same program should work with both. Poverty is the problem in both rural and urban areas. 4) Maybe we need to get creative about finding locations for schools. Willimantic has a magnet school for the performing arts in a slightly remodeled old movie theater. There must be lots of old movie theaters around to remodel as schools. And give the odd-ball location to the charter school--keeping the old school for the public school. 5) Economic and social class segregation is even more of a problem than racial segregation. Local funding of schools very much aggravates to economic segregation problem. It costs public schools more to educate poverty-stricken students than it costs public schools to educate middle income students. Poor students are more likely to have health problems. Poverty-stricken parents are not able to provide breakfast and/or lunch, school supplies including paper and pencils or pens, never-mind anything for extra-curricular activities.