Archives for November 2011

Teachers Are the True Survivors

Mark Woods, a columnist for the Florida Times-Union, had a piece that I think you will find interesting.  Although it was written on June 15 of this year, what he has to say about teachers is well worth repeating here.  This is what he had to say. “It’s hard to believe that another school year […]

Mentors Making an Impact on Kids

In another piece to the Florida Times-Union on October 13, 2011, Topher Sanders wrote the following: “Haskell Architects and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida announced Wednesday the most aggressive mentoring partnership with any of Duval County’s challenged schools. Fifty-three Haskell employees are pairing up with students at Andrew Jackson High School in the […]

Fifth-Grader Takes on Bullies

Topher Sanders wrote a piece for the Florida Times-Union on September 24, 2011, that caught my eye. He writes, “Breanna DeGrove was once the target of bullying.  She sat alone when her classmates wouldn’t include her in recess games, and she ate lunch by herself nearly every day.  But on Friday, you couldn’t tell any […]

Volunteers Contribute to Promote Literacy

This is the conclusion of my last post concerning A Bookcase for Every Child.  If you would care to read that post first, it is located here. Since Davidson launched the project, more than 2000 volunteers in Conway have kept it going.  They bake cakes and grill sausages for the Bookcase Literacy Banquet each October […]

A Bookcase for Every Child

Unfortunately, a lot of the news for us teachers is just downright depressing.  Beginning with today’s post, I’d like to concentrate on some things that are positive and encouraging in the world of education. For example, I learned recently about a town in Arkansas that promotes literacy one kid at a time.  Nija Graves (pictured […]

Four Ideas for Improving Our Schools

On August 22 of this year, Roger Pancoast of Jacksonville had some intriguing ideas about improving our schools.  He stated the following: “Several recent Times-Union articles and a couple of thought-provoking letters dealt with the question of who really has the ability to improve public education in this county. But teachers can’t teach because of […]

Lack of Support for Teachers

Jane Bowman, a teacher who taught at Butler Middle School with me for a few years, recently wrote a letter to the Florida Times-Union in which she states the following: “A recent letter writer supportive of Duval County Superintendent Ed Pratt-Danals (pictured here) blames parents of the intervene schools for students’ poor attendance and behavior […]

Denigrating Teachers Is Not Productive

There’s been a lot of dialogue locally and also nationally about the state of education as it exists today.  What follows here is what Mr. Gerald Kissin of Jacksonville recently had to say about it in the Florida Times-Union: “Educate has been defined as,’ Any act or experience that has a formative effect on the […]

Reaction to Teacher of the Year’s Resignation

Eleanor King, a retired teacher here in Jacksonville, was very saddened by the resignation of former Teacher of the Year, Christopher Harvey.  If you have not had the opportunity to read my previous three posts about Chris, you may want to consider doing so before continuing here. In a letter to the editor of the […]