On reading Ravitch and helping in classrooms

Kids are not widgets. Kids are living, breathing wonders.

We will never be able to mass produce intelligent students by increasing the number of quality control assessments. Technological advances, when paired with qualified support staff, create energy and interest and avenues for in-depth topic exploration.  Alone, technology is just a pacifier for unruly behaviors or a distraction for a child who needs a break from the realities of operating in an environment requiring high levels of social interaction, navigation of the many grey areas and the need to learn to read between the lines.

Classrooms need caring grown ups,  in addition to the teacher, to handle behavioral outbursts and learning styles for a variety of diverse student populations and to offer a smile, encouragement and sometimes bi-lingual support for teacher and student.

Schools need teachers well-trained in curriculum and classroom management, more time for learning AND playing, smaller class sizes and parental engagement in the operations of the school.

Students benefit from community support and awareness of the collaborative (not competitive) charter schools emerging in some districts in Wisconsin. Success,  through cost-effective models where traditional public schools and non-traditional public instrumentality charter schools find ways to work together, combines resources and exposes parents to alternative ways to meet the academic and social needs for students from a variety of cultures, incomes and abilities.

It takes many big people to grow little humans.

Additional resources for those interested in exploring education topics:

http://www.dianeravitch.com/articles.html

http://blog.coreknowledge.org/

http://educationnext.org/author/hwalberg/

A. Woz

May 17, 2012 for ChildGrower Blog

Red Tent Bookclub Picks

From Robin: Okay, this is for all my FB friends who frequently ask me what our book club is reading. We got together last night and made our selections for the next 12 months. Here’s our list:

JUne 7- at Robin’s- Bad Marie

The Moonflower Vine. Jetta Carleton

The Submission. Amy Waldmann
The Marriage Plot. Eugendies
The Poisoners Handbook. Deborah Blum
Tigers Wife. Tea Obreht
In Cold Blood. Truman Capote
Bossy Pants. Tina Fey
Unorthodox. Deborah Feldman
The Night Circus. Erin Morgenstern
The Human Stain. Philp Roth

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