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Racism Revisited

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Racism comes in all colors. Encarta’s dictionary defines racism as: “animosity toward other races prejudice or animosity against people who belong to other races and belief in racial superiority in that people of different races have different qualities and abilities and that some races are inherently superior or inferior.” While the government has instituted many laws which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin as well as disabilities, the fact is that racism in schools is still an issue although quite different from the school racism prevalent before the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

Race to the Top – An Education Reform Initiative


Race to the Top – An Education Reform Initiative

iStock 000017715892XSmall 150x150 Race to the Top   An Education Reform InitiativeRace to the Top, an education reform initiative founded in 2009 by President Barak Obama to prompt school improvement, is an option available to school administrators to not only improve the educational standards in their schools, but to help the school budget by financing them as well. The Race to the Top Fund is a competitive grant program created to reward educational reform and innovation at the state level. The requirements are to increase educational standards and assessments, improve data collection and its use thereof, help teachers to become more effective in their ability to reach and educate their students, and reverse the status of struggling schools.

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The Challenge of Cheating

Students cheating in school has come a long way from the occasional student in my day who, being a slow reader, would copy the book fly for his book report, write an informational piece straight out of the encyclopedia because he had never really learned how to synthesize information, or steal a quick glance at another student’s paper when he was really feeling frustrated on a test. School cheating has become so common that there are websites designed to promote it and the wonders of technology have made it easier than ever. For many students, cheating in school has become such an accepted practice that it is not viewed as doing something wrong.

STEM Education- Preparing Students for the Future

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STEM education: emphasizing and empowering our students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math is an important component in preparing our students for the future. STEM schools or STEM classes will aid their transition into these fields of study in College or University. By providing our students with a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics we are helping to ensure that they will be able to compete in our global economy.

Are Students College Prepared?

In today’s world of advanced technology, preparation for employment after completing High School often means pursuing an additional course of study for a minimum of one to two years. Be this in a Technical School, Junior College, College or University, the bottom line is that our students generally need to further their education in order to secure employment. Readiness for college therefore is an important issue facing our schools. College preparation takes foresight and planning and involves more than college preparatory courses. How can we insure that our students are college prepared?

E-Learning – Is it for Everyone?

Technology in the classroom has advanced in some schools to the point of virtual classrooms. Whether instituted to control class size or offer students a wide variety of learning options, E-learning has become an important component in schools from primary grades to high school. Are we moving towards an age of virtual schools?

Fitting Fitness into Our Schools

Having identified obesity in schools as a problem, we need to look at ways we can incorporate more exercise in schools. Developing an overall school fitness program needs to include school exercise programs in addition to teaching healthy eating habits and establishing healthier school lunch menus. Only with appropriate exercise programs can we really begin to have an affect our students’ struggle with obesity.

Administrators Tackle the Epidemic – Bully Prevention Programs

Administrators play an important role in bully prevention programs. They need to be the first line of defense by helping the school community to establish a policy addressing bullies in school. Bullies can only be stopped with a strong administrative initiative to tackle the bullying epidemic.

Profile of a School Bully

Bullies! Bullying in school has a major impact on teachers, administrators and students. With documentation of one incident of bullying every seven minutes, it pays to look at the characteristics of bullies and the causes of bullying.

Weighing in On Childhood Obesity In School

The figures are in. According to the obesity statistics of the Center for Disease Control and prevention: 18% of adolescents age 12-19; 20% of children age 6-11; and 10% of children age 2-5 years are obese! This accounts for about 12.5million children between the ages of 2 and 19 years. With obesity being defined as a body mass index at or above the 95th percentile for children of the same age and sex, obesity in children is clearly a concern for parents as well as schools. This makes the development of programs for prevention of childhood obesity in school a formidable goal.

Dollars and Sense – School Funding Issues

Though the economy may be on the road to recovery, public school funding is not. Across the nation, schools are being asked to make do with less money in an effort to control school district debt caused by funding cuts at both the state and national levels. School funding and its issues have been heard at the polls as voters must decide whether or not to approve tax increases or changes in distribution of tax revenues in order to help stem the tide of massive budget cuts. In Ohio this past spring nearly 44% of the tax issues on the ballots were for schools. School funding issues are a major concern for administrators and educators.

Working Towards Wheelchair Accessible Schools

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No child left behind. That is the current educational thrust created by Federal Lawin 2001. The question is does it include those bound to wheelchairs? Education for all cannot be guaranteed when the school has no wheelchair access and makingsome schools wheelchair accessible can be an expensive proposition. Wheelchair bound students can receive an education comparable to their peers, however not necessarily in their local school or charter school of their choice.

Hassel Free Homework: Solutions For Teachers

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Encarta Dictionary defines homework as: “schoolwork done at home, schoolwork that students do outside of class or after school at home.” While we cannot actually demand that the work be done at home, through good preparation we can try to guarantee that our students are actually completing the homework and not someone else.

Summertime and the Living is Easy: Summer Workshops For Teachers

What did you do during your summer vacation? This commonly asked question is more applicable to us educators than our students. Those that think that educators have the “easy life” with “summers off” obviously do not have a clue about the rigors of the teaching profession. Though we may not be teaching in the classroom for several weeks, summers, teachers and professional development go hand in hand. Whether the professional development for teachers is planned by our schoolboards or voluntary, most educators spend some of their break from the classroom in the classroom learning.

School Lunches: Trimming the Calories Not the Budget. Plus K-12 Teacher Contest!

Ketchup and pickle relish are definitely not vegetables! In 1981, the UnitedStates Department of Agriculture Food and Drug Administration (USDA) proposed reclassifying these condiments as vegetables to allow public schools to cut out a serving of vegetable from the school lunch program and save an estimated $1 billion annually in the cost of subsidized meals for low income students. Understandably, the proposal was met with outrage by parents and nutritionists alike and was never actually implemented. In January of this year the USDA met to propose the first changes it has made in 15 years to raise the nutritional standards of the school lunch. It seems that the current level of obesity (a reported25 million children) is the push behind the change in what will be offered on school lunch menus.