Monday, June 26, 2006

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My favorite "Carnivals" are in town! Come visit the carnivals and read and share!




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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Schools May Be 'Liable' for Bullies

It is customary and even required for politicians to blame the school system for all the ills of students. Parents are in larger numbers than teachers in the voting arena... So, in a politically incorrect post, I am jumping in and asking: So- what is wrong with this?

"Schools May Be 'Liable' for Bullies - June 18, 2006 - 9:59AM
Schools may be 'liable' for bullies - Breaking News - National - Breaking News

Schools which fail to protect students from bullying could be forced to pay thousands of dollars in legal damages, an academic has warned. Brisbane-based Professor Des Butler, from Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Faculty of Law, said there were many Australian examples of bullied students taking civil court action against their schools and winning "sizeable" financial compensation."


Now the above is an article about Australia. Sadly, the same is true in the good old US of A. To wit:

  • Teachers can not touch a student for any reason without the very strong possibility of losing their licenses and being sued for permanently emotionally ruining the child- for life.
  • Regardless of what sounds good- "Oh yes, teachers can break up fights,"etc, in the REAL world it doesn't pass muster.
  • Schools are required to report all incidents but are targeted as ineffective if they do. Ask any principal and they will probably not voice it, but just look at their faces...
  • Students KNOW that there are very few consequences for negative behavior. Bullying, which usually takes place away from the eye and ears of teachers is hard to prove, barring physical evidence of violence. Then it is often word against word.
Bullying is a disgraceful, degrading, demoralizing, often very violent act, that is repeated with predictable frequency. Gang activity certainly encourages this behavior and fosters it.

There is a very definite need to remove these students from the system. If they are out of the system, where do they go? On the streets to create more havoc?

It all often becomes a legal battle. Simply put, aren't parents responsible for the acts of their minor children? Bullying does not usually start over night. It is a gradual personality development.

  • Where are the parents as this is developing?
  • Denial is a natural, but only to a point. What is being done, and where, to help make parents more aware of their child's negative personality development?
  • How do we implement it across the board- if at all?
  • How do we make victim students confident enough to seek help.
  • Is there are really safe haven for them?

I pose all of the above for your thoughts and comments...



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Home Schooling is All the Rage Now-A-Days!

An interesting article in the New York Times explores the lure of home schooling. Not only are parents who are unhappy with public education turning to home schooling, but the wealthy are having their cake and eating it too:
"The Gilded Age of Home Schooling - New York Times
Published: June 5, 2006 (New York Times)

In what is an elite tweak on home schooling — and a throwback to the gilded days of education by governess or tutor — growing numbers of families are choosing the ultimate in private school: hiring teachers to educate their children in their own homes.

Unlike the more familiar home-schoolers of recent years, these families are not trying to get more religion into their children's lives, or escape what some consider the tyranny of the government's hand in schools. In fact, many say they have no argument with ordinary education — it just does not fit their lifestyles. More..."
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Monday, June 19, 2006

Post to this year's closing Carnival of Education!

Please take a snippet of your time to submit an education article to the Carnival of Education's last issue for this school year!
Special announcement from The Education Wonks:

"Next week's carnival midway will be hosted by the Science Goddess over at What It's Like on the Inside. Please send contributions to: the_science_goddess [at] yahoo [dot] com . They should be received no later than 7:00 PM (Pacific) 10:00 (Eastern) Tuesday, June 13th. Include the title of your post, and its URL, if possible. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the midway of should open over at What It's Like on the Inside next Wednesday morning."

Visit last week's 69th edition midway, guest hosted by Education In Texas here, the Carnival's archives here and our latest education-related posts over there.

Read the current issue here:
The Education Wonks: The Carnival Of Education: Week 70 - Thoughts And Ideas Freely Exchanged

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Random Name Selection Software Teacher Bias

"Bias-busting tech keeps kids focused

Researcher uses handheld computer and name-generation software to keep kids engaged From eSchool News staff and wire service reports

A handheld computer with software that randomly selects students' names is an effective tool for making sure students pay attention and do their homework, an education researcher has found. Originally intended to increase class participation and eliminate any bias in how teachers call on students for discussion, the solution also was found to increase students' attentiveness and boost their chances of success."

This does seem to be a sweet program to have. I think though, that teachers who are aware of the need to reach all students really try hard to make sure they call on everyone. It will help teachers from falling into the subjective trap of calling on the students they know will have the answer so they can move on. Perhaps the target group that may be most improved are the lecture class sizes that by`definition allow students to get lost in the crowd.

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