Category Archives: A Little Good News Today

This is where we will find success stories – with students, teachers, families – and yes – once in awhile – a particular school, or district which has overcome adversity to provide a winning agenda. You may also find postings regarding proposals POSITIVE changes to and for the education system suggested or presented by both public and private individuals. And in the words of the song by the great Anne Murray – we are looking for a “Little Good News Today!

Oh yes… this is the place you will also find single image posts, which may be quite suggestive in nature – for both positive and/or negative effect.

Teaching History Without Identity Politics

“Our children need to learn more history and civics!” is a regular rallying cry for those who want to see America returned to its moral and common sense roots.

That a greater emphasis on history and civics is needed is evident from The Nation’s Report Card, which finds only 24 percent of American high school seniors proficient in civics, while only 12 percent of them are proficient in American history. Continue reading

Five Ways to Avoid the ‘Planned Mediocrity’ in Schools

It’s been one short year since parents suddenly found themselves the chief overseers of their children’s education due to the pandemic.

“Short” isn’t the word to describe it, I can almost hear many parents retort, relief in their voices as they realize that soon they will be off the hook, for the responsibility of their child’s education will be back in the hands of the experts at school.

But before you rejoice, let me suggest that things have changed in the past year. No longer are parents clueless about what their children are learning, how they are learning it, or what approaches to learning work best for each child. Parents have seen it all, and therefore have little excuse to go back to the autopilot mode of pre-pandemic days. They are now the experts who have even more awareness of what’s best for their children. Continue reading

Books and Those Who Read Them Are the Real Endangered Species

In the February 2021 issue of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, Professor Mark Brennan declares, “My students look at me in amazement when I tell them I read 8 to 10 hours per day. I look at them in amazement when they tell me they play video games 16 hours straight.” Brennan then went on to wonder if his book reading habits qualify him for “endangered species” status. Continue reading

The Teacher

NOTE: I found this on Facebook this morning and although I have read it before – I do not know how old this story is – or even if it is real, but I would like to believe that it is, fore I could also tell my own story – about a teacher who came to believe in me. ~ Ed.

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Continue reading

Why We Desperately Need To Bring Back Vocational Training In Schools

Even more appropriate today than when first published. ~ Ed.

Instructor helps a student participating in a woodworking manufacturing training program

September 1, 2015 ~ Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenches learning a craft such as woodwork or maybe metal work, or any one of the hands-on projects that characterized the once-ubiquitous shop class.

But in the 1950s, a different philosophy emerged: the theory that students should follow separate educational tracks according to ability. The idea was that the college-bound would take traditional academic courses (Latin, creative writing, science, math) and received no vocational training. Those students not headed for college would take basic academic courses, along with vocational training, or “shop.” Continue reading

If you don’t know the story…

… then I would recommend searching on You Tube as his story is something to behold.

His wife Joey passed of cancer several years ago but, what you are about to watch is just one more step in his growth as a marvelous human being… and who knows – this video might give YOU some ideas as to what YOU can do to help the young.

OOPS – I see Rory and Joey’s daughter – Indiana in the classroom. . .

Loudon: Teaching Children How to Think

When I look around at the United States I wonder where did the United States go wrong? What brought us to this terrible state where we have two divisions of government (two separate philosophies) and two separate paths of thinking? Why is it that we have so much corruption, greed, power, money laundering, and forced control.? Why is our government going down the slippery, slimy path of deception and destruction?

Your answer may be different than mine, but I think we both will agree that somewhere in the past, it started with the division and diversion in people’s education, and professional ethics – and their inability to THINK! Continue reading

Do YOU Believe?

August 23, 2008 ~ Thousands of Dallas teachers are talking about the little boy with the big voice who wowed them earlier this week at a big beginning-of-school pep rally at American Airlines Center.

Who is this kid?, they wondered… Continue reading