A Quality Education at the Lowest Possible Price is Oxymoronic

Faith-based K-12 schools do miraculous things. If you don’t believe that, analyze the academic achievements of their students, and, 35 years later, see what their graduates are doing. I am constantly amazed at what my 173 high school classmates are doing today, not to mention the three years of students that came before our class […]

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Dear Faith-Based and Private Schools: You DON’T Want Vouchers!

For quite some time now, parents have been lobbying lawmakers to use the tax money which they pay to fund educational initiatives relative to where they want their children to be educated.  The rationale is that the public education system in some parts of this country is “broken,” since children are, in their opinion, not […]

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Relationship = Marketing; Referrals = New Sales; Perceived Performance = Continued Commitment

The next 5 articles may sound like they’re only for faith-based and/or private schools, but with cyber schools, charter schools, and home schooling, the public school needs to be aware of these fundamental principles which drive today’s marketplace. Today’s article focuses on relationships, referrals and perceived performance. When one mentions marketing to a public school […]

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Nobody Likes the Teacher

A few years back, there were several articles that were published in the United Kingdom stating that education in that country could be in trouble because there are fewer and fewer young adults interested in entering the teaching profession. Here in the United States of America, that’s not necessarily a problem…yet.  But if things keep […]

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Should We Continue To Call Them “Public Schools,” or Are They “Government Schools?”

When formalized mandatory education in this country began, students were not required to attend school during the summer months.  At that time, our country was still primarily agrarian in nature, and many children were necessary to assist in the chores of the family farm.  Therefore, “summer vacation” really wasn’t a vacation.  It mean laboring in […]

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Music Education and Problem Solving

If you Google “Music Education NCLB,” you’ll find article after article decrying the cutting of music and arts programs from as far back as a decade ago.  Even back then, experts spoke of the positive effects of music education on scholastic performance because of its influence relative to discipline, competitiveness, achievement, creativity, and physical development.  […]

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The Five Learning Styles

Back in 1956, a team of researchers led by Dr. Benjamin Bloom identified three domains of educational activity: Cognitive, Affective and Kinesthetic.  Simply put, Cognitive refers to the processes involved with learning that happen via the mind.  Rote memorization, scaffolding, and mnemonic devices are examples of learning involving processes which engage the mind.  It’s where […]

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Just Start It

Back in 1988, a company called Nike launched a very successful marketing campaign with the tag line, “Just Do It.” That phrase became so ingrained within the collective psyche of our society that it’s now believed that if you’re not seen as “doing something,” you’re wasting time. Further, with the promise of technology being able […]

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Administrators’ Note: New Teachers May Lose the “Spring” in Their Step

In celebration of the first day of spring this week, this article, appropriately titled, was submitted by a teacher who was completing her first year at a new school a couple of years ago.  Does it resonate with what happens at your school? “Why do our new teachers keep leaving?” The thought must marvel school […]

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BYOD for Education: Designed to Fail?

There are several ways school administrators are attempting to infuse today’s technology into their curriculum, with the two main solutions consisting of 1-to-1 initiatives (where the district or school purchases devices for each student), which can be very costly, complete with acceptable use agreements and insurance policies to guard against loss or breakage, or BYOD […]

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