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Re: New oleander/schools

Near as I can figure, the No Child..etc. is a political answer to a fiscal problem, and it appears to be just as slap-dash as everything else this administration has dreamed up. What the schools need is more money so they can reduce class sizes. That will allow the teachers to teach rather than baby sit.

On Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at 05:03 AM, Melody wrote:

DF: This is the result of a poorly thought out and woefully underfunded
"No Child Left Behind Act", brought to you courtesy of our current
government officials. In order to continue qualifying for federal
financial aid for school districts, each school must meet grade level
requirements, you know. Well, if a certain percentage of the children
can't make it and that prevents the school from getting funding, then
what is the logical step? To reduce the level of difficulty of what is
being taught to the lowest common denominator, i.e. dumbing down. In
it's purest form, NCLB would be a godsend to the children of
America...teaching them to reach for the highest standards. In it's
current bastardized version, it's a nightmare! Political action,
though...the strength of character to stand up for what you believe
in...is the only thing that will change this unfortunate course of
action our elected officials have embarked upon. Write or call your
local federal and state legislators and demand that they fully fund the
NCLB act. Okay...off the soapbox now...sorry, folks!

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Mon 05/17, David Franzman < dfranzma@pacbell.net > wrote:
From: David Franzman [mailto: dfranzma@pacbell.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 20:41:32 -0700
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] New oleander/schools

No, no, no Pam! It's "Can I supersize that for you!" Man, could I tell
you<br>stories about my kids school. They watch more movies than the
attendants at<br>the Sundance Movie Festival. What's worse is that not
only are most of the<br>movies out of context with the class but many of
them are...ugh...cartoons.<br>Now are we talking about an elementary
school? Nope! High school. The<br>coup d' grace was when my daughter
came home from school and she told me<br>that they watched, in Spanish
class, a Flintstones cartoon movie...IN<br>ENGLISH! Oh, it did have
Spanish subtitles. The schools are dumbing down<br>our kids and I find
it repugnant.<br><br>David Franzman<br>A Touch of the
Tropics<br>www.atouchofthetropics.net<br>----- Original Message -----
<br>From: <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com><br>To:
<gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 7:35 PM<br>Subject:
Re: Re: [CHAT] New oleander/schools<br><br><br>> Agreed. I've seen what
the local public schools produce here - you want<br>fries w/ that?
Appalling.<br>><br>> Pam Evans<br>> Kemp, TX<br>> zone 8A<br>> -----
Original Message -----<br>> From: james singer<br>> Sent: 5/17/2004
4:24:57 PM<br>> To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] New
oleander<br>><br>> > Yes, they are. And I think the Montessori
environment is perfect to<br>> > bring out their curiosity. I think the
best part--that older children<br>> > have responsibilities in the
education of younger children--encourages<br>> > a kind of intellectual
development that simply does not occur in other<br>> > settings. And I
think that is why a high percentage of Montessori<br>> > graduates
succeed at university.<br>> ><br>> ><br>> > On Monday, May 17, 2004, at
09:04 AM, Zemuly@aol.com wrote:<br>> ><br>> > > In a message dated
5/17/2004 4:08:07 AM Central Standard Time,<br>> > > jsinger@igc.org
writes:<br>> > > Ms. Fatma teaches the primary grades in a Montessori
school.<br>> > > I volunteer with that same age group at our local
Montessori school.<br>> > > That<br>> > > age is the gre

atest. They are adorable and so eager to learn.<br>> > > zem<br>> >
<br>> > >
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