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Re: education/society

DF: Haven't you ever seen Wizard of Oz? We don't get blown away, just
picked up and rearranged, a little, from time to time. :-) Better than
sliding off into the ocean, wouldn't you say?

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

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

 --- On Thu 05/20, David Franzman < dfranzma@pacbell.net > wrote:
From: David Franzman [mailto: dfranzma@pacbell.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 21:39:35 -0700
Subject: Re: [CHAT]   education/society

Oh geez are you kidding??? No your's doesn't hop around it gets
blown<br>away!!!!<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: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 4:09
AM<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] education/society<br><br><br>> Theresa - don't
blame you a bit. Something about the Midwest has always<br>> felt, well
wholesome to me. Another big plus is the landscape doesn't<br>> hop
around as it occasionally does in California.<br>><br>><br>> Pam
Evans<br>> Kemp, TX<br>> zone 8A<br>> ----- Original Message -----<br>>
From: Tchessie<br>> Sent: 5/18/2004 8:48:56 PM<br>> To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>> Subject: RE: [CHAT] education/society<br>><br>>
> Ok- Melody- I'm moving to Iowa! We have huger and huger
schools,<br>teaching<br>> > to test, providing as little help to kids in
need as possible.<br>Elementary<br>> > schools have NO counselors at all
in the schools, school psychologist<br>are<br>> > split between 3 school
and test only. There are BIG problems here with<br>> > racism in
schools, and increasing ethnic gangs and violence. I'm pretty<br>> >
sick of my job and the politics and elitism. I hope that in a year or
2<br>max,<br>> > that we can sell the house for a tidy proit, pay off
the bills and move<br>> > someplace smaller, cheaper and more caring to
live and raise a family.<br>> ><br>> > Phew- I feel better now- thanks
for letting me vent!<br>> ><br>> > Theresa<br>> ><br>> > -----Original
Message-----<br>> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
[mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On<br>> > Behalf Of Melody<br>> >
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 1:44 AM<br>> > To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>>
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] New oleander now more education<br>> ><br>> ><br>>
> Ceres: I absolutely agree with you that big is not always better when
it<br>> > comes to school size. My kids go to one of the smaller schools
in town,<br>> > only about 300 students and we love it there. It's more
like a tight<

br>> > knit community this way and the kids and staff spend a great deal
of<br>> > time working 1:1 with each other on a variety of projects
including team<br>> > building, mentoring, conflict resolution,
volunteerism. The 4-6th<br>> > graders all are part of a reading buddies
project with the K-3 graders.<br>> > Selected 4-6th graders are part of
a Peer Assistance Team, designed to<br>> > build conflict resolution
skills. The school's theme for the years is<br>> > the 3 B's: Be
respectful, Be helpful, Be a good listener. Of course, no<br>> >
elementary school in our district is over 400 or so students and
every<br>> > Thursday classes dismiss an hour early (1:45) so that all
teachers and<br>> > staff in the district can attend mandatory
inservices that help to<br>> > achieve these types of schools. For a
community with less than 80,000<br>> > total population, we have 17
elementary schools and we're building<br>> > another one, plus another
Jr. High, a new alternative High School, and<br>> > adding on to our two
existing high schools, all in an effort to keep<br>> > school sizes
down. Obviously, smaller is perceived in the education<br>> > world as
better, at least here.<br>> ><br>> ><br>> ><br>> > Melody, IA (Z
5/4)<br>> ><br>> > "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
mysterious."<br>> > --Albert Einstein<br>> ><br>> > --- On Mon 05/17, <
Cersgarden@aol.com > wrote:<br>> > From: [mailto:
Cersgarden@aol.com]<br>> > To: gardenchat@hort.net<br>> > Date: Mon, 17
May 2004 18:29:13 EDT<br>> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] New oleander<br>>
><br>> > In a message dated 5/17/04 5:09:24 PM, jsinger@igc.org
writes:<br><br><<<br>> > -encourages <br>a kind of intellectual
development that simply does not<br>> > occur in other <br>settings.
>><br><br>Jim, in some, I can't say how<br>> > many but at least in the
public school where my <br>granddaughters<br>> > attend, there is a
program where the older students go to the <br>lower<br>> > level
classes and help one on one, reading to the class, helping on a<br>> >

d trip and such. The older students must apply and are selected<br>> >
by the <br>activities they have been involved in, grades, etc. It
is<br>> > prestigious to be one <br>of the team. I'm sure it is not as
well<br>> > promoted as montessori but in a small <br>community where
montessori is<br>> > not an option it is an attempt to build
<br>relations and provide<br>> > mentoring. The other reqmt I am
impressed with is the hours of<br>> > <br>volunteering that is rqd of
each student annually from middle school<br>> > thru hi <br>school.
Graduation is not possible without meeting the<br>> > requirement
<br>regardless of grade point. This is a small rural school<br>> > with
less than 650 K-12. My o<br>ldest granddaughter, now a college<br>> >
student, has very strong feelings that she <br>had the best<br>> >
opportunities and campaigns for the small school existence. The<br>> >
<br>state is looking at forcing small schools to consolidate. Big is
not<br>> > always <br>better.<br><br>>
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