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    and sigh.... in agreement.

    ... cannot improve if charter schools siphon away the most motivated students and their families in the poorest communities from the regular public schools

    and vouchers.

    I am so much in agreement it hurts. :(

    Treating students like people

    What is wrong with that.  We have wonderful zoo where great pandas are given what they need to grow into healthy pandas. Interesting environment, proper diet exercise, rest, space, etc.

    Our children ?
    drill and practice, boredom, neglect
    Because when we put great people together, wonderful things happen when we treasure all our children.

    http://www.sbac.edu/~werned/DATA/RESEARCH/journals/Excep%20Children/inclusion.pdf

    Sorry for spaming this article but it is a model of what can happen when every one gets behind the neighborhood's school children.

    Shelterbox http://www.shelterboxusa.org/

    by TexMex on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 05:48:10 AM PST

    •  not spamming - always welcome your response (2+ / 0-)
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      TexMex, kyril

      people should note the link in the comment by TexMex will download a pdf file

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 05:50:02 AM PST

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        teacherken, barbwires

        folk might not want that. But usually this article is behind journal access but someone put the pdf up so i use it.

        I have been twisted up in a couple of knots about NCLB for two reasons. One the effects of it on our children and jealousy over the last ten years over the efforts of Alberta to promote great hands on science education.  I have see the spread of great science education programs and support from all sectors of business especially the" villainous" oil and gas sector that know they are at the mercy of the knowledge base of the workers they hire in order to thrive.

        This is what makes me crazy.
        How did our goal become to make our kids dumb and bored.
        It is simplistic i know.
        But there are just lovely little rural schools out here in Canada's most  conservative province.  City school are not worse either.  They have their problems but not like in the U.S.

        tsk I love America.

        Shelterbox http://www.shelterboxusa.org/

        by TexMex on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 06:01:28 AM PST

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    •  oops that didn't work very well. (0+ / 0-)

      Shelterbox http://www.shelterboxusa.org/

      by TexMex on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 05:50:24 AM PST

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