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Looking Around at the Milestone Markers: Where Have We Come?

It is graduation time. After the celebration and the well-wishing for our graduating students, let’s take a few minutes to assess where education is. I know, we are all very interested in taking off, going for summer, sitting by a pool; but just a minute, let’s see how we as educators and administrators are doing.

Simon Sinek is making a name for himself with an analyzation of millenials. He says we need to stop the phone screen addiction. I agree. He says the corporation need to work harder to accommodate this generation, because they have the lowest self-esteem of any generation and are so very unhappy.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sinek+millenials

Of course, Sinek makes no claim to real social research, but his discussion has gone viral because he has hit upon a major concern. He blames “failed parenting” but what about failed education? What about the generation, or 2, of self-esteem bolstering boosterism? BTW, real science indicates that self-esteem is created by real achievement. Never mind that teacher training continues in the wrong direction. What about the fact that the corporation was never intended to do any more socialization than be sure that the workers was working to standards and the culture of the corporation. The agents of socialization (training a child to be a functional adult) are parents, school, — and gosh maybe the church might have a role in helping people live adequately. Might we not discuss what they should be doing and doing differently?

Or must we stay with the thinking that caused the problem and say, oh you poor thing, we must take more responsibility, boundaries, and teaching/correction away from you, so you will be happier?

What do you think?

May 25, 2017 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

The Biggest Secret of all: Success is Built on Character

“Half the team doesn’t trust the boss” Says Dan Rockwell in his blog today, citing a recent study.
When managers withhold information, are unrealistically optimistic, or use put-downs, their employees do not trust them. Without trust, there will not be high performance.

Dan enumerates ways that managers can build trust. Mostly they revolve around engaging honestly and being steady and civil.

Trust is built on trustworthiness. So success starts with character. No matter how little it may be taught in business school, or valued in our culture, or forbidden as a discussion topic in state controlled education — reality can not be changed. Have good character to be a leading character.

May 19, 2015 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Lower SES Students do Better in Private Schools

“Students in the lowest SES quartile who attended a private school in 8th grade were nearly four times more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than students from the same quartile who attended a public school.” — Council for American Private Education

This is a significant statement. Students in private school outperform public school — and NOT merely because their parents have higher incomes. It is true that parents’ income correlates with higher grades, but that is not the primary predictive factor. Something else about private school is predictive. Coleman 88 pointed to the expectations of the parents and educators. When one looks further, one sees that religious schools outperform — a counter-intuitive finding. Researchers think this is because all religious schools, regardless of class or mission, all aim at character formation. When adults care about students, expect them to do well, and train them in good character habits, then students excel.

Everyone one of us can implement this in our school. What are your plans this year to include character formation in your curricula or school culture?

August 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

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July 14, 2014 at 4:49 am Leave a comment

Coming to NISOD to talk about interactive activities in college classroom.

Memorial Day, Monday May 26th, at 10:15. at the Convention Center, (in Room 13B probably), I will be hosting a discussion on using interactive activities in the college classroom to encourage student engagement.
“Ways to Engage Students: Pros, Cons, and Science.”
We are moving away from the typical “read a book/go to lecture/write a paper/take a test.” Is this good? Is it bad? Since we must, how might we do it better? I have promised to come with at lest 14 ideas for teachers to use immediately and to host a discussion that airs concerns. Handout with bibliography will be available. Questions are posted here, since this is where I have the capability to host a discussion. Look for Handout on http://www.austincc.edu/ssarles.

QUESTIONS

What interactive activities have been very useful in your community college level classes?
What resources do you recommend?

What concerns do you have about using interactive activities in your classroom?

In what ways would activities borrowed from corporate training be effective or ineffective in the college classroom?

In what ways could we avoid regurgitating the text by use of activities? In what ways could we drive students to read and mentally process their reading through activities?

In what ways might we ensure a raising of academic ability or work place abilities through activities?

 

May 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Holy Week was Declared Early Childhood Education Week?

This is Holy Week for Christians. Today is Good Friday, leading up to Resurrection Day, the most important celebration in Christianity. Did you notice this week was also declared the Week of Early Childhood? In Texas both parties are talking about government expansion into early childhood education. Looks like some favor expanding HeadStart and some public school to cover….. what ? What corporations, small businesses, churches, mothers and grandmothers are covering?

Who offers the highest quality of care? If one defines highest quality as the children with the highest academic achievement, the best social skills, and the happiest, it would be the church affiliated schools — and the mothers/grandmothers. So why have we regulated so many away? Why this attack on them now? And why during Holy Week?

April 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Government Moves on Early Childhood

Just now someone on Washington Week said, “There is now actual research that shows that minority children get fewer words [delivered to them] than white children.” Actually, I just read that research: Experience and the Development of Intelligence in Young Children at Home and in Day Care by Jean V Carew *1980*. This is not news. However, the real indicator is not race but class. Middle class mothers and more educated teachers speak more to children. This makes a difference. Most poor people in this country, btw, are not minorities. And most minorities are not poor.

It was also reported that the senate will be moving on early childhood education this week. My guess is that in that discussion will be another sociological mistake. Most people assume that children in CDCs have higher IQs. This is not what the research shows. Today research is not looking into that question; it is not politically correct to do so. The research will show that if you take the poorest child from the worst situation and put them in the best childcare center then you can raise IQ. There is no evidence that if you put a middle class child into a typical childcare center that you will raise IQ, academic achievement, health, social adjustment or anything else.

Notice, also, that if there is an expansion of government into daycare, similar to what we see in HeadStart or kindergarten, then we will see 1) similar results and 2) the closing of many businesses and 3) pressure on the very best preschools that are church run.

Watch this, engage politically, and be willing to risk your comfort for the good of children.

April 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

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