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TEACHERS.NET GAZETTE
JANUARY 2002
Volume 3 Number 1

COVER STORY
Harry & Rosemary Wong say, "All effective schools have a culture and it is the information one gets from a culture that sends a message to the students that they will be productive and successful." This month the Wongs offer more examples of successful school and classroom management...
COLUMNS
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Cheryl Ristow
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
The Visually Impaired Child
ARTICLES
Teaching Is...
Avoiding the 'Stares' When Intellectually Challenging Disadvantaged Students: Partnership Lessons from the HOTS Program
Why Use an Interactive Whiteboard?
A Bakerís Dozen Reasons!
The Effects Of Diet
Bully Advice For Kids
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 2)
Both Sides Now in Gifted Education
What Are We Aiming At--What Do We Really Want To Aim At?
Teaching Graph from the Grassroots
Why Teachers Need Tenure
A Different Perspective to the Holidays
TEACHER INSPIRATION FEATURE
A Lesson Learned
FICTION FEATURE
Follow The Wonder
REGULAR FEATURES
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Handy Teacher Recipes
Classroom Crafts
Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
New in the Lesson Bank
Upcoming Ed Conferences
Letters to the Editor
Chatboard Poll
FYI
eIditarod 2002
Planetary Society Protests Stop to Near-Earth Object Observations
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
7th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease
Arab American Students in Public Schools
School Bus Subsidies for Field Trip to 2002 Tour De Sol
Gazette Home Delivery:

Letters to the Editor...
Parent Accountability

Parents should be held accountable for
their children's lives, but they aren't
accountable for much in their lives now.
Around here, parents mistakenly leave their
children in cars to bake, and there is no
penalty except for the loss of their
child. So, I can't imagine that anything
substantial will change regarding a
parent's responsibility for the education
of their child if they aren't even held
responsible for their life. In the end, a
child will ultimately be responsibile for
their own education. They will be the ones
that will be in charge of their own lives
after school. So, I believe that social
promotion, at least the way it's done now,
should stop. Right now, students have very
few expectations--unless their parents are
involved. We do give grades, but
ultimately, those become meaningless since
A or F's are passed on to the next grade--
regardless of the amount of learning that's
taken place. More remediation efforts
should be offered for those kids that
haven't learned the skills to proceed on to
the next grade. Passing kids through the
grade levels does nothing for their self
esteem because they will eventually come to
a stop & realize that they didn't get much
out of their education. To sum it all up,
end social promotion, yet offer remediation
to offer kids hope. It will be pointless
to expect parents to step up to the plate
since children's services are usually
overly burdened as it is & there couldn't
be any other consequences that could
possibly be kept up with by any entity.
Expect that every child can learn the
required curriculum & provide them the
resources to do so. Provide
consequences/rewards once the curriculum is
mastered. Social promotion isn't much of a
motivation for an uninvolved parent & a
child that would rather play video games
all day. Right now, public education
doesn't expect much out of kids unless they
have responsible parents. Personal
responsibility will ultimately decide which
children become educated.

another 5th grade teacher
1/05/02

This month's letters:

  • Accountability, 1/31/02, by keccles.
  • Accountability, 1/26/02, by Margaret.
  • Parent Accountability, 1/24/02, by Lori.
  • Accountability, 1/24/02, by Keccles.
  • Accountability, 1/19/02, by Whitebeard.
  • Proven Research, 1/09/02, by Kara Sherfick.
  • Keccles, 1/08/02, by Stacy.
  • Parent Accountability, 1/08/02, by Marilyn Treuil.
  • school auction, 1/08/02, by ginger taylor /canaan elementary pto.
  • Parent Accountability, 1/07/02, by Bill Page.
  • Accountability, 1/07/02, by Keccles.
  • It's about time we make them accountable!, 1/06/02, by Mkocar.
  • Do we need them to be accountable?, 1/06/02, by Stacy.
  • Parent Accountability, 1/06/02, by Little John.
  • Parent accountability; teacher responsibility, 1/06/02, by Bill Page.
  • Parent Accountability - the overachiever, 1/05/02, by Don.
  • Parent accountability, 1/05/02, by Doodah.
  • Parent Accountability, 1/05/02, by Jacque/WA/K-1.
  • Parent accountability, 1/05/02, by Bill T.
  • parent accountability, 1/05/02, by sandy m.s..
  • Parent accountability, 1/05/02, by JoAnn.
  • Parent Accountability, 1/05/02, by a middle school teacher.
  • Parent Accountability, 1/05/02, by another 5th grade teacher.
  • Parent Accountability, 1/05/02, by Julie.
  • No tax rebate, surcharge them, or tuition refund incentive, 1/05/02, by George.
  • parent accountability, 1/05/02, by jen.
  • Parent accountability, 1/05/02, by MaryBeth.
  • Parent accountability, 1/05/02, by cato.

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