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Old 09-14-2011, 09:02 AM
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I caught a little of a teacher interview yesterday, she said she's got inbound children that don't know their colors let alone alphabet.

Very good Bruce. Reading is skill 1.

It appears your schools share some things with Clevelands. Perhaps instead of worrying about the buildings (Cleveland rebuilt their schools recently with 1/2 of the cost - 500 mil - paid by the state: palaces of decreptitude) they should worry more about head start.

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If you are really serious about getting children proficiency in reading and writing take away their cell phones.
And put a block on the cartoon channel.

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Old 09-14-2011, 09:53 AM
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Bububut Bugs Bunny exposes children to classical music!!

And crossdressing.

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Old 09-14-2011, 10:10 AM
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I didn't know Georgians could read. How else do you explain Newt Gingrich and Saxby Chambliss, much less Lester Maddox?
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:50 AM
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And put a block on the cartoon channel.

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That one works fairly well. We banned the TV and video games on school nights, so they had to find something else to distract them.

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Old 09-14-2011, 11:05 AM
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My dad got rid of the TV when I was 9. We did not have a tv in the house until my parents divorced when I was 16. I read three novels a week in that time. I am sure it helped me a lot in both school and in college.

In Colorado we have a program in the schools called "AR" - advanced reading. This is a program where the parents have to sign a contract and have the kids read 20 minutes a day(or more). Then the kids take a test on that book at school. They get a grade in AR just like if it was a class at school. Every kid has to achieve so many points to pass. In otherwords, the can take one test and get the points they need, or they can take 50 tests and get the points they need - this is kind of the weekness. It would have been better if they gave an acutal grade(pecent earned per test) and a minimum number of points needed. Still, it is a good idea that just needs a little more tweaking.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:23 AM
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From studies I've seen, poor scores in primarily minority areas have much more to do with poverty than race (although poverty is more prevalent in minority neighborhoods). I was shocked to find out that half of the kids in the elementary school that my kids attended are from families eligible for low income assistance. This is a mostly white suburban neighborhood in an affluent county. The correlation between poverty and academic achievement shows there too. The reading and math scores were low, particularly for the Shawnee Mission School District.

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In New York I noticed poor Chinese, Koreans, Indians from Guyana end up in the top schools. What I noticed also that they have in common is a six day school and shorter summer holiday. Their parents sacrifice and pay for Saturday classes. The other minority kids are practicing basketball 24/7 and are left behind in the scholastic world.
There is an area in Flatbush Brooklyn which produced some fine students whose parents were the poorest on this earth....Haitian refugees!
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:24 PM
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Poverty is not an absolute barrier to academic achievement, but it is a hindrance. AA gifted hurdler can run the hurdles faster than most folks can run on a flat surface. There are kids who are going to achieve no matter what the environment.

It is a point that some communities are more committed to academic achievement than others. Unfortunately, many in our culture have come to look askance at dedication to academics. Best not stick your nose too deep into that book or you might be considered an "elite."

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Old 09-14-2011, 01:42 PM
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Best not stick your nose too deep into that book or you might be considered an "elite."

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Often a black youth (especially male) speaking "proper" English is considered suspect by his or her peers.
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:54 PM
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Often a black youth (especially male) speaking "proper" English is considered suspect by his or her peers.
Down here in Bugtussell, "proper" English means you don't use over two cuss words in succession.

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