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Re: education/society

Theresa - don't blame you a bit. Something about the Midwest has always
felt, well wholesome to me. Another big plus is the landscape doesn't
hop around as it occasionally does in California.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Tchessie
Sent: 5/18/2004 8:48:56 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT]   education/society

> Ok- Melody- I'm moving to Iowa!  We have huger and huger schools, teaching
> to test, providing as little help to kids in need as possible.  Elementary
> schools have NO counselors at all in the schools, school psychologist are
> split between 3 school and test only.  There are BIG problems here with
> racism in schools, and increasing ethnic gangs and violence.  I'm pretty
> sick of my job and the politics and elitism. I hope that in a year or 2 max,
> that we can sell the house for a tidy proit, pay off the bills and move
> someplace smaller, cheaper and more caring to live and raise a family.
> Phew- I feel better now- thanks for letting me vent!
> Theresa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of Melody
> Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 1:44 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] New oleander now more education
> Ceres: I absolutely agree with you that big is not always better when it
> comes to school size. My kids go to one of the smaller schools in town,
> only about 300 students and we love it there. It's more like a tight
> knit community this way and the kids and staff spend a great deal of
> time working 1:1 with each other on a variety of projects including team
> building, mentoring, conflict resolution, volunteerism. The 4-6th
> graders all are part of a reading buddies project with the K-3 graders.
> Selected 4-6th graders are part of a Peer Assistance Team, designed to
> build conflict resolution skills. The school's theme for the years is
> the 3 B's: Be respectful, Be helpful, Be a good listener. Of course, no
> elementary school in our district is over 400 or so students and every
> Thursday classes dismiss an hour early (1:45) so that all teachers and
> staff in the district can attend mandatory inservices that help to
> achieve these types of schools. For a community with less than 80,000
> total population, we have 17 elementary schools and we're building
> another one, plus another Jr. High, a new alternative High School, and
> adding on to our two existing high schools, all in an effort to keep
> school sizes down. Obviously, smaller is perceived in the education
> world as better, at least here.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Mon 05/17,  < Cersgarden@aol.com > wrote:
> From:  [mailto: Cersgarden@aol.com]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 18:29:13 EDT
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] New oleander
> In a message dated 5/17/04 5:09:24 PM, jsinger@igc.org writes:<br><br><<
> -encourages <br>a kind of intellectual development that simply does not
> occur in other <br>settings. >><br><br>Jim, in some, I can't say how
> many but at least in the public school where my <br>granddaughters
> attend, there is a program where the older students go to the <br>lower
> level classes and help one on one, reading to the class, helping on a
> <br>field trip and such. The older students must apply and are selected
> by the <br>activities they have been involved in, grades, etc. It is
> prestigious to be one <br>of the team. I'm sure it is not as well
> promoted as montessori but in a small <br>community where montessori is
> not an option it is an attempt to build <br>relations and provide
> mentoring. The other reqmt I am impressed with is the hours of
> <br>volunteering that is rqd of each student annually from middle school
> thru hi <br>school. Graduation is not possible without meeting the
> requirement <br>regardless of grade point. This is a small rural school
> with less than 650 K-12. My o<br>ldest granddaughter, now a college
> student, has very strong feelings that she <br>had the best
> opportunities and campaigns for the small school existence. The
> <br>state is looking at forcing small schools to consolidate. Big is not
> always <br>better.<br>
> Ceres<br><br>---------------------------------------------------------------
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