Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I would like good news please!

We are at that stage in the cycle where I am looking for good news again, because it gets depressing always blogging about what is going wrong. However, the show must go on.
Today’s news:
While we do not know all the facts yet, this smells a lot like another school behaving badly:
“Terminated for Defending Students?”
“Two former instructors last year attempted to rally the faculty at Young Harris College to stamp out hazing. Three weeks after they spoke up, they say, their contracts were terminated”.

 More on treating students like criminals:
“Lawmakers Take on Texas Truancy Laws”
“SAN ANTONIO — When she can focus on class, Rachel Hebert thrives as a student in the Northside Independent School District here. However, Rachel, 17, has cerebral palsy, and medical complications often keep her from getting to school”.
“In Texas, a student who misses 10 days of school within six months, or three days within four weeks, can be charged with failure to attend school, a Class C misdemeanor under the state’s Education Code, or with a juvenile offense under the Family Code. Parents can be charged. If reported by the school district to a municipal or county court, they can face fines of up to $500 and be arrested if they fail to appear before a judge”.
“These students “may be left with a criminal conviction that can have lasting consequences or pose barriers to future educational opportunities, military service or job prospects,” Deborah Fowler, Texas Appleseed’s deputy director, wrote in the report. She argued that incremental sanctions — which try to keep students in school before punishing them — are more effective”.
I am not picking on anyone in particular; I am just looking at the news and doing my own research. I have concluded we still have a ways to go in both highered and K-12 and it is up to all of us to keep this conversation going.
It is about the students.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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