Archives for December 2011

Well-Earned Respite to Enjoy the Season

Well, we’ve finally made it to the holiday season. Just like you, I am taking a brief respite to spend some time with family and friends.  In your case, you earned it–all the time you spent working with your kids, appeasing administrators, attending all those endless meetings, and everything else that is demanded of you. […]

More Observations from a Retired Teacher

This post is the conclusion of an editorial piece that appeared recently in the Florida Times-Union. If you haven’t had a chance to read that post, it is located here. Lois Floyd continues, “Busing students from failing schools to other schools compounds problems in the schools. When you bus about 300 students across town to […]

The Joy of Teaching Is Disappearing

I have recently been writing about good news in the world of education. With today’s post, I’m returning to the category of teacher issues. Unfortunately, there continues to be more negative news for educators. This Point of View piece was recently published in the Florida Times-Union, and in my estimation, it reflects what many of […]

KIPP’s Teaching Demands are Stringent

This is the continuation of my previous post regarding a local KIPP school.  If you haven’t had a chance to read that, it is located here. In this KIPP school, it’s hard work for the teachers too.  They promise to follow through on returning phone calls and e-mails. All KIPP schools are designed to prepare […]

Is the KIPP School a Viable Alternative?

About three weeks ago, as you may recall, I wrote my first post in the new category of  “Good News.”  Unfortunately, at least for the time being, today’s post and Friday’s will be the last ones in that category for a little while. What follows is an unsigned editorial that appeared recently in the Florida […]

Thank You for Surviving Another Year

This is the conclusion of an editorial column written by Mark Woods for the Florida Times-Union.  If you haven’t had a chance to read my previous post, you may want to consider doing so.  That post is located here. Mark concludes, “Are there bad teachers?  Of course there are.  But they’re in the minority.  And […]