Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thoughts for an Open Discussion

What is it that influences how a child does academically? Yes, there have been the nature vs. nurture argument. Research points to a lack of vocabulary development before three years old. Then there's the argument of 'Most never leave poverty who were born into poverty.' Have we done an injustice to our students by trying to push everyone academically instead of teaching a trade? What do you think about the lack of parent sacrifice these days to create a better future for the next generation? Germany sacrificed and now they lead the European nations. What does sacrifice mean to you?  Money? Time spent with children? Time educating children to give them a heads up in school? Are we failing our children? Let's explore what it is that is missing.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Six Month Mark

What has been accomplished in six months? That is how long the new superintendent has been here. The budget is a given. Anyone want to share?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Your turn

Budget was presented last night. Apples have been very quiet, but then they control the Board so they don't need to be vocal. Are S. Harris and a former Board member (and Apple ) BFF now or is SH learning how to vote the Apple way through the former Board member? Will the new superintendent's budget go through with the requested % increase or will further cuts be required? These are some of the topics in question around the city. You can certainly bring up your own topics.....your turn!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 What Will YOU Do to Help Education in Norwalk?

How about a New Year's resolution that is worthwhile keeping? Let's improve education from the crib through school years. What will you resolve to do? Read aloud to your child at least three nights a week? Help your child more often with homework? Discuss current events at the dinner table? Introduce a vocabulary word a day and make a game out of using that word during the week? Business owners, will you provide books for schools? Books in restaurants for children to read? (Place your advertisement or business card in the book). Mentor a child? (this is a long term commitment). Will you ask your school how you can help?  Teachers, what will you resolve to do better? Board of Ed members? Let's create ideas and share them. Commit to your resolutions and we can change test scores and education! It's up to you!