“The Problem With Adults”

As I was getting ready to leave Rutland for Maine, I picked up the paper my brother left open at this page for me.
I was not able to visit the classrooms at Tinmouth school, but I did walk over to a teacher’s house and talk with her awhile. She lives on a farm and grows incredible vegetables and flowers—and she loves her students. She was picking out a pumpkin she had grown to bring in to kindergarten soon.
Class sizes are quite small..6 or 7 per grade. She says her students exhibit self confidence and are quite good at public speaking when they leave for middle school.

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I will tell you more later..but thought you might enjoy reading this opinion piece from nearby Rutland news….just to get a sense of how others think about things…

“Despite the rhetoric of “empowerment,” public schools, once primarily a local enterprise, have increasingly been wrested from the hands of parents, communities, and teachers, with control vested instead in authorities and experts far removed from schools themselves. The reign of those authorities is the last 40 years of reform. The legacy of that transference of power is where we find our schools today”

http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20130925/OPINION04/709259943/1018/OPINION

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About cthebean

Educator, musician, social justice activist...and now a blogger. Children deserve unflinching support from adults.....they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody's kids. Everywhere.
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3 Responses to “The Problem With Adults”

  1. cthebean says:

    Children deserve unflinching support from adults…..they deserve nothing less. All kids . Everybody’s kids. Everywhere.

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  2. cthebean says:

    I would add that there is little in the research that points to high test scores translating to leading a well balanced and productive life. We are actually beginning to see more high achiever burnout at earlier ages .
    Expulsion from school is a punishment that resonates outward to other children who internalize fear of it in their relationship to school and in their communities.
    Yes it is hard to solve difficult issues. But it’s our job as people to engage some tough stuff.

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  3. cthebean says:

    The article began with some strong opinions about misbehaving children being removed from schools or classrooms. Throughout my career I have heard the argument that disruptive children destroy learning time for others. This authors argument includes concerns about getting students prepared to score well on standardized tests as jeopardized by difficult or different kids.
    I don’t agree with expelling students. I would argue that learning how to relate with differences no matter the nature of those differences, is a sociocognitive challenge to embrace, not only for our students, but for all of us. Teachers and parents …administrators..every one.

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