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Deeman3
09-20-2010, 02:05 PM
<span style="color: #FF0000">Just great! How many of you want to hire these kids in a few years? The typical liberal solution to a failing school system. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif </span>



EAST CHICAGO | Failure is not an option at East Chicago Central High School.

Beginning this school year, students will not earn anything below a C. Superintendent Michael Harding said the responsibility to earn a good grade will rest with the student. He said if a student does not complete the class or is earning less than a C, there will be a variety of options available to the student to earn a satisfactory grade.

He said those options can include the school's new credit recovery program or instruction through the Internet.

Through new programs under way at Central, Harding said students also are able to reconfigure their school day to something more suitable for them.

"We have raised the expectations for students, but we are also providing them the necessary support to be successful," Harding said. "The child and his or her family has the responsibility to meet the standards, and we will help them facilitate that process. We are focused on learning.

"Students can come in later. They can spend half of the day here and half at Ivy Tech (Community College). We've taken away the barriers. We are meeting the child where he or she is at. This is a complete shift from the traditional high school model."

Central High School is one of six on probation in Lake County and 23 in the state.

Harding also emphasized the early college and middle college program that he has developed at Central.

According to the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis, the early college high school model gives students a head start on the rest of their lives. These small schools allow students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree, or as many as two years of credit toward a bachelor's degree.

While open to all students, the model specifically serves low-income young people, first-generation college students, English language learners and students of color, all of whom are statistically underrepresented in higher education and for whom society often has low aspirations for academic achievement.

Harding is also proud of the relationship the district has developed with Apple Computer Inc.

Every teacher in the district has received a laptop computer. By the end of January, every student in grades seven to 12 will have a computer.

Elementary students will receive their computers as applications become part of the curriculum, Harding said.

He said the district is committed to providing the very best in technology available as it moves to a one-to-one computer initiative.

Harding said some naysayers who have called the system broken have no knowledge of changes in the School City of East Chicago and have not taken part in the strategic plan under way in the district.

bamadog
09-20-2010, 02:37 PM
We are producing the dumbest generation in American history.

pooltchr
09-20-2010, 02:52 PM
Nothing new at all. They haven't figured out that the answer isn't more money, or new programs.
Return schools to the job of teaching. Students who fail should be held back to repeat a grade until they pass it.
It worked for years. Our education problems began when we started lowering standsars, easing requirements for students, and worrying more about the kids feelings if they are labeled as failures, than they do about the kids actually getting an education.

The kids who don't want to learn, aren't going to learn any more or less with this program. When they get into the real world, they are still going to be just as stupid, regardless of this or any other social program for students.

Steve

hondo
09-21-2010, 06:02 AM
Dee, administrative tampering was one of the reasons I was anxious to retire.
I taught seniors and was under a lot of pressure to " find a way" to pass them through Senior English whether they were worthy or not.

Plus, the State Dept. of Ed had to have a new "plan" each year.
After all, they had to keep their job.

pooltchr
09-21-2010, 07:21 AM
So would you say that one of the biggest problems with our education system is there is too much administration at the top, and not enough emphasis on what actually goes on in the classroom?

Do you think your schools could have done better with more of the decision making religated to the local level?

Has the department of Education made it easier, or more difficult for teachers to actually educate students?

Steve

Sev
09-21-2010, 04:44 PM
The Dept of Education needs to be dissolved. The educational standard in the US has plummeted since its inception. We spend more money per student than any other nation on the planet with no discernible positive results.

Qualified teachers that know there craft can get the job done. Administrator and government interference does nothing but inhibit quality education from being achieved.

pooltchr
09-21-2010, 10:19 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The Dept of Education needs to be dissolved. The educational standard in the US has plummeted since its inception. We spend more money per student than any other nation on the planet with no discernible positive results.

Qualified teachers that know there craft can get the job done. Administrator and government interference does nothing but inhibit quality education from being achieved. </div></div>

Kinda like government in general...the more there is, the less effective they become!

Steve