Some schools are winners, some schools try hard and some schools are... worthy of support?
BDN showed us this week that the Maine Department of Education rates their schools and over half of them did not improve and did not decrease in the ratings; this makes us wonder what the effect, if any, of the rating system has on school performance. Additionally, over 27% rated a D or an F; that's failure by any standard.
So the question we ask is, "Where is the system of improvement, support, resourcing, leadership and development behind the rating system that works with schools to see a turn around or increasing success?"
Elsewhere a brilliant Caterpillar Youth Apprentice Program in Carolina offers to partner with schools and provide training to students to enable future jobs in the fabrication industry; for reasons not explained only 5% of students have participated in the exercise at any level.
"Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will have earned a Welding Certificate from CCCC, as well as a certificate from the NC Department of Labor indicating completion of the youth apprenticeship portion of the program. Students will also have completed the 80-hour Caterpillar Accelerated Training program, credited hours towards the adult apprenticeship and will have gained real-world experience working part-time at Caterpillar for two years."
Bill and Melinda Gates recently gave over $4,000,000 to, "build greater connections between libraries and their communities" in addition to spending over a half billion dollars ($500,000,000) on technology plus standardized testing to help universities awards degrees faster.
In the UK all children at one school are banned from eating fish, in case other students with allergies become sick due to contact. Additionally in the Kingdom, the Minister of education bans calculators from entering exam rooms, presumably with students.
"Schools Minister Elizabeth Truss said children needed to be confident with maths skills "before they pick up a calculator"."
The Bans Continue...
Professor Sara Mills of Sheffield Hallam University tries to ban the use of "Sir" or "Mamm" when students refer to their teachers, and gas masks left over from World War 2 are thought to contain asbestos so the holding or touching of them is to be banned.
The Czech Education Ministry looks to ban junk food from schools in the Republic and a 'superhead' Principal is banned from ever teaching again after using school funds for her personal expenses.
To end our list of bans, chocolate milk is banned due to its salt content - not sugar. It might be the only calcium enriched intake students receive during the week, so a debate is growing as the state seeks to put the ban into law.
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