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More attention to middle schools and tweeners.
Gender specific classes in (at least) math, language arts, and P.E.
Later starting schools. 7:30 is too early for middle schoolers to begin a school day.
Traditional year schools. Single Track Year round schools are just plain silly. What's the point?
Tweaking curriculum maps so that they are more conceptual, and not 'a mile wide and an inch deep'.
Mastering the basics (basic facts & times tables, spelling bees).
The use of technology, i.e., audio books (I PODS), to increase a love for reading.
Utilizing the tested and research proven strategies available in NCLB.
Union teachers having more respect for the law - NCLB.
If you want good teachers to work in ghettos, gang infested areas, broken down and poorly maintained schools, almost no resourses in those areas, well guess what, pay in those areas will have to be greatly increased. Would you teach in a place like that for the same pay or more you could get in a nice sleepy 'burb? Graft and corruption in many large city areas like LA drive out the good teachers. Lots of jobs in the 'burbs and small cities that pay well and teachers are not blamed for or expected to cure every social ill.
Until the government steps in and takes total control of the family and home, there appears to be little we as educators can do to completely close the gap. I fight illiterate and uneducated "young" single mothers daily who do not understand why their children need to behave in class or make a consious effort to learn. Unfortunately, these parents pass on those beliefs to the children I am attempting to teach. Please, please tell me how to combat this growing epidemic!
By the way, no, I do not believe the government needs to take control of the family and home . . . I was merely trying to make a point.
The relationship between student and teacher is a very important one. In all the reading I have been doing the theme of postive relationships always comes up in student sucess. I also feel that we need all the other componets for student to suceed. Smaller class sizes leaves time for teahcers to get to know their studnets on a more individulized level. Parent involvement helps reinforce the expectation that are in the classroom. I feel the back bone of it all is the experienced teacher. This teacher is able to balance every thing that is expected of them.