Comparing the teaching experience in Arcata to Lesotho, Price said that students have many of the same struggles when it comes to learning how to read and write.
“The greatest contribution I have given to education is the hours I put in helping kids,” Hubbard said. “I truly love my job and get up every morning excited to go to work. It is so amazing to be part of the learning process in a middle school child’s life. It is incredibly rewarding to watch them struggle with something and then get so excited when they get it—there is nothing quite like it.”
It’s April, and public schools across California are gearing up for the annual STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) exams. Cardboard boxes full of exam materials have already arrived at campuses, freshly prepared by the experts at Educational Testing Service – the non-profit corporation with a multi-million dollar contract to develop, score and report STAR tests.…
We have become masters of “making do.” All the while, we have worked hard to secure a site and build a facility of our own.
At its core, having a prepared environment means setting the stage for students to have enlightening, healthy, and relevant learning experiences in a safe and comfortable space.
I have tried to make my classes democratic and feel I still have major improvements to make. As soon as I recognize one way by which I have given students in my classes more say over their own education, I realize all of the ways that I am still dictating over them.
I invite local educators, parents, students and community members interested in solutions for improving education to begin a local dialogue. Contact me at [email protected]
The testing regimen has resulted in school administrators pushing teachers to prepare students for the test, it has caused teachers to narrow the curriculum to cover test-relevant information, or “teach to the test.” Finally, it has short-changed our children from receiving the holistic, creative, enlightening, and empowering education they all deserve.
This isn’t just about preparing students to be future journalists (although that in itself is a noble goal). The skills they acquire, hone and apply on the Pepperbox will transfer to their futures and arguably ours.