Sunday, February 27, 2005

teacher mentoring

Mike Lawrence, head of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, has an op-ed in the Southern Illinoisan.
About 40 percent of new instructors in our public schools quit after five years, and 70 percent blame working conditions and lack of administrative support. In some Chicago schools, attrition soars to 73 percent.... less than 60 percent of our school districts have teacher mentoring programs, compared to more than 90 percent in Michigan and Ohio and nearly 90 percent in Indiana.
Improving public education is tough.

If the Devil came to Rod and offered him a deal to improve public school education, but it would involve raising the income tax, would RB do it? Would Blagojevich rather run as the guy that fixed numerous long-term problems in Illinois public education? Or would he rather run as the guy that held the line on taxes?

Use this thread to discuss education.


Blogger codeman said...

A-frickin'-men. Man, I love your blog. I'm saddened at the thought of the immediate future of IL under Blag the Fag, and the thought of him running for President in any election as well. I am a 19-year-old college student who is studying to become a teacher/coach and eventually an administrator. Blago's ideas and actions are very discouraging to this career path, though, and I'm scared for IL education.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Thanks for the positive comments.

I'd like you to use another nick for Blagojevich. The "fag" part is offensive.

In Ten Things Bloggers Do Wrong R. Alex Whitlock wrote, 6. Substitute slang for ideas. Rethuglicans, Dummocrats. These terms add absolutely nothing to any argument presented (even if you're "preaching to the choir") and can turn off sympathetic folks (even those on your side). Also, while I know it's convenient that $ is similar to the letter S and is a convenient way to detract someone or something you think is "all about money" it lost its originality a long time ago.I've been trying to tone down on my derisive nicknames for the gov after reading this.

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True professionalism.

2:58 PM  

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