Walk-A-Thon 2013

My children will be participating in the annual Rutland Area Christian School Walk-A-Thon next week and they are seeking donations/pledges to help them raise their goal or $1,000 to support the mission of the school. They have an outstanding team of teachers and staff who nurture all areas of their lives. Please consider supporting their education and the work of this great school.

Please click on the link above to fill out a form for a donation. Thank you!

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From True North Reports: http://truenorthreports.com/north-bennington-gets-the-green-light-for-independent-school This could be a good thing for parents, students, and education in Vermont if it leads to more choice for parents and a little healthy competition in the education market.

Since 1970, the public school workforce has roughly doubled—to 6.4 million from 3.3 million—and two-thirds of those new hires are teachers or teachers’ aides. Over the same period, enrollment rose by a tepid 8.5%. Employment has thus grown 11 times faster than enrollment. If we returned to the student-to-staff ratio of 1970, American taxpayers would save about $210 billion annually in personnel costs.

From America Has Too Many Teachers

Jobs also criticized Americas education system, saying it was “crippled by union work rules,” noted Isaacson. “Until the teachers unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform.” Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.

via Steve Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Obama, Youre Headed For A One-Term Presidency.

I am no disciple of Steve Jobs and I don’t necessarily weigh his words more than my neighbor’s words, but because he is so revered for his products I thought I would share his thoughts on education.

I believe very strongly that if the country gave each parent a voucher for forty-four hundred dollars that they could only spend at any accredited school several things would happen. Number one schools would start marketing themselves like crazy to get students. Secondly, I think youd see a lot of new schools starting.

via Smithsonian Oral and Video Histories: Steve Jobs.

Interesting…

Colon said Public School 108 failed to provide special education services that could have brought Cristians performance up to grade. She said he “is being socially promoted for their convenience.”

via NYC mom says son not ready for sixth grade – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-.

So Woessmann’s observational study quite robustly supports the view that yea, verily, even in the world of education, performance pay does in fact produce better results.

via American Thinker: Merit Pay for Teachers Works and the Evidence Now Proves It.

The idea of merit pay intrigues me. Even an anecdotal observation about the education “establishment” makes you wonder about the varying degrees of “excellence” that you see among the staff and how you might be able to change that.

Merit pay on it’s own would not likely do much to improve the overall picture in American education, but it seems to me that it could pay an important role.