Possible Grade Recovery Solutions

This is a continuation of my previous three posts on grade recovery, the earliest of which is located here. It seems to me that there should be reasonable solutions to propose concerning grade recovery.  For starters, the school district should put together a task force with plenty of teachers and come up with some solutions. […]

Grade Recovery is Slacker Recovery

This is a continuation of my last post about grade recovery, which is located here.  You may recall a much earlier post that I wrote concerning Christopher Harvey, a former teacher of the year here in Jacksonville. He thinks that grade recovery is a big mistake.  He says the majority of the students taking grade […]

Grade Recovery is Overused

Last Tuesday, I wrote about my experiences with grade recovery as it is practiced here in Jacksonville.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to read it, it’s located here. An unsigned editorial appeared in the Florida Times-Union on December 18, 2011.  This is what it said. “In the old days, there used to be something […]

Offering Grade Recovery to Students

I don’t know whether you have “grade recovery” or its equivalent in your school system or not. But, here in Jacksonville, Florida, the people who are large and in charge have made it a district-wide policy. Once students have failed a particular class or classes, they are offered the opportunity to “recover” from the failing […]

A Temporary Adjustment to Schedule

I have no way of knowing whether you found The TeacherBeacon via Daily Teaching Tools or through an Internet search.  If you haven’t had a chance to see Daily Teaching Tools, I think if you visit,  you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you will find there. If you ARE a Daily Teaching Tools visitor, some […]

Public Education isn’t Failing

This is a continuation of my previous post regarding charter schools.  Susan Estrich, a Creators Syndicate columnist, concludes a recent piece published in the Florida Times Union in this way: “Running schools takes talented principals, dedicated teachers, inspiration, charisma, administrative experience, an understanding of the special issues involved in educating children who face crime while […]

Charter Schools aren’t Replacements

Charter schools are a hot topic here in the state of Florida.  Our governor, Rick Scott, is a proponent of them.  He seems to think that they should be promoted at the expense of the public school system. Susan Estrich, a columnist for Creators Syndicate, had a piece published recently in the Florida Times Union.  […]

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 […]