MODERN-DAY JANE G-U-A-R, just like in GUARD...
I used to give spelling tests all day. Every Friday, I'd give five spelling tests to five groups of thirty eighth graders. Then we would grade them in class, after I passed out red pens to everyone. M... Posted on 11/22/13 at 11:18 AM
THE PERIPHERY The Donner Party
Did you learn this story in your American History class?
My job as a substitute in Minneapolis puts me in all sorts of places to see and learn about the varied conditions within which the youth of Mi... Posted on 11/14/13 at 10:33 AM
THE NEW FORTY The other team...
Let me say at the outset that I am thrilled at the success NDSU's football program has enjoyed in recent years. The Bison are number one - squared. And frankly, the odds are quite good that their numb... Posted on 9/29/13 at 9:01 PM
Those 4,500 students — some of the highest-achieving young people in the U.S. — will begin Teach for America’s training program in teaching methods this summer.
Too bad none of them will wind up teaching in North Dakota and only a relative handful in Minnesota.
Teachers never will be able to make up for the first five years of a child’s life when the parents should be teaching children shapes, colors and words plus talking to them and most important reading to them. Singing the alphabet certainly helps, too.
For years, teachers nationwide have fretted about the erosion of public trust in and respect for their profession. Unflinching reports such as the State Teacher Quality Yearbook help explain that decline.
And if teachers want to reverse the trends, they could start by embracing the calls for reform, calls that now have been echoed by President Barack Obama himself.
I have never heard of a teaching position going unfilled for lack of applicants. In fact, I never have heard of any government job going unfilled for lack of applicants. To generate that kind of demand, the government jobs have to be paying more in salaries and/or benefits than are the private sector jobs.
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