Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Schools in!......I think?

Parents with a sigh of relief have sent there little tikes and not so little tikes back to school.

"Expand your mind my little book worms!"

Or so we hope. This next article may make you think twice.

When Students Ru the Classroom

...Mark Bauerlein, a professor of English at Emory University, recently gathered together some shocking statistics:

1. The 2006 High School Survey of Student Engagement found that 55 percent of high school students spent less than one hour per week “Reading/studying for class.” Only 10 percent exceeded ten hours per week.

2. The University of Michigan reported in 2004 that homework time for 15-17-year-olds reached only 24 minutes on weekend days and 50 minutes on weekends. Weekday TV time was one hour, 55 minutes.

3.In 2004, the Horatio Alger Association found that 60 percent of teenagers logged five hours of homework per week or less.

So let's change the rules then, so you say. Okay, how about these:

1. Homework grades should be given only when the grades will “raise a student’s average, not lower it.”

2. Students who flunk tests can retake the exam and keep the higher grade.
Teachers cannot give a zero on an assignment unless they call parents and make “efforts to assist students in completing the work.”

3. Teachers must accept overdue assignments.
High school teachers who fail more than 20 percent of their students will need to develop a professional improvement plan and will be monitored by their principals.


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