February 16, 2005

Power Point on New Schools

Bryan Hassel's power point presentation at the U.S. Dept. of Education's conference series, Innovations in Education Exchange shows how fundamental changes in education is unlikely in conventional schools and will more likely result from new schools. Bryan of Public Impact is one of the most thoughtful and prolific commentators and researchers on today's scene, particularly with charter schools. He's also the author of the book, Picky Parent Guide.


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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 11:00 PM

January 16, 2005

EDUCATION REFORM IS BIGGEST URBAN LEGEND

According to an interesting web site, education reform in the United States is a myth. Reform implies that something is being made better, and that clearly is not the case when it comes to education, writes one unhappy blogger. The fun goes on and on, day after day while our children continue to get sub-par schooling. Unless you live in a wealthy part of town that has better schools, or you have found an alternative such as a magnet, your child is getting short-shrifted by the shortsighted. Despite what the educators say, despite what the political leaders say, despite what anyone says, there is no education reform. dadtalk.typepad.com/dadtalk/2005/01/education_refor.html

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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 09:57 PM

December 11, 2004

Homeschooling Increasing

Evidence of increased homeschooling comes from several sources with parents expressing a greater variety of interests. About 30 percent object to conventional school environments, about 30 want a values or religious tone, about 15 percent want a different academic focus, about 7 percent want their child's particular interest served. An article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch describes these factors. Authoritive information on homeschooling can be found on the U.S. Dept. of Education. The Parent-Directed Education website has a wealth of information and links.

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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 01:22 PM

September 04, 2003

Ultimate Alternative School

David Douglas from New Hamshire delineates the key features of an "ultimate school" in a recent piece he sent. He suggests a checklist of 16 features for school personnel and parents to stimulate discussion about how their schools can improve or transform. See other writing and ideas at the Ultimate School Network.


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Posted by Wayne Jennings at 04:30 PM