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    It's about getting the whole picture.

    My oldest niece is on her 21st year of elementary school teaching. She started out in private schools -- inner-city Oakland Catholic schools, for the most part -- then moved to public school teaching about the same time her family moved to Livermore where the town was growing and they needed teachers. (Puts her in great shape seniority-wise, as well; she's one of the longest serving teachers in the district now and she's only in her early 40s.) She knows what works in each, and where improvements need to be made. Many of her recent complaints has to do with over-regulation and of course over-testing, leaving her little time to actually teach -- and she teaches 5th graders so it's not just getting the information they need to pass that grade but to prepare them for middle school the following year.

    If you have someone whose only experience has been private schools, you're only getting one side of the story.

    Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

    by Cali Scribe on Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 12:56:26 PM PDT

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