Neighborhoods should come together to learn about their neighbors and community. With technology exchange email and telephone numbers. Neighbors must not live in isolation. Parents should have email and telephone numbers of every parent in their child’s class or classes. Parents need to communicate more in the neighborhood. If situations are happening in the neighborhood that should be communicated to the neighborhood. The best neighborhood watch is email, text messages, visibility and cell phone numbers.

The poll, conducted by the education reform group Stand for Children, of 600 Hoosiers shows that 83% of voters believe layoff decisions should be based on teacher effectiveness and student achievement and not seniority. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4%. Here are some other findings.

Cash-incentive schemes have trouble working only when the amounts are puny. Let us offer, let’s say 0,000 to a family of a 6-year-old, in exchange for some hard evidence that the child masters K-12 curriculum. You can do it yourselves, or you can hire a tutor, or you can sign up for a school. But all the helpers will be paid as a proportion of what your child makes by passing tests, at rates agreed on ahead of time. When we start considering real money, one has a harder time claiming it won’t work.

A. Give writing tests, interviews, and background checks. Admission to the college of education should be tougher than any department, after all teachers are going to be dealing with CHILDREN – THE FUTURE – OUR FUTURE.

When I was crumbsnatcher my mom gave my sister and i a 25-cent a week allowance on Saturday and i walked down to the local mom-and-pop store, you know where you would occasionally find a roach inside of a malted ball, and bought a box of Milk Duds for 5 cents, a designer Mounds Bar for 10, and a package of 3 comic books for a dime. The middle comic was always a mystery because you could not see it. Everybody read them, traded them, and hid them from evil teachers.

Current trends in education “reform” rely heavily on teacher-bashing, and on claims about the supposed failure of public schools that would put Chicken Little to shame. Wealthy individuals and corporate interests spend millions of dollars on media to denigrate public schools and undermine the professional reputation of public school teachers.

Don’t Over-program. Kids benefit from unstructured outdoor time, where they create their own activities and freely explore their surroundings. Let them make up games, find special outdoor places, and start up projects. I remember some great organized football games from my childhood, but I also remember playing in the woods, damming up creeks, having rock-skipping contests.