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shucks


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Posted - 03/18/2010 :  10:12:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I cannot remember the exact drop out rate for UCHS, but it is my belief there should be a very minimal drop out rate.

I was just reading an article about the transformation of Philidelphia schools. Now to compare this sytem with a rural system like UCHS is a stretch but the core problems are the same.

Philly has turned some of their schools over to Mastery, Inc. Mastery is a private company that runs schools but has state funds to do it.

They reduced the drop out rate of 62% to less than 10% the first year. Their findings indicate the problem is not the students, but school management. Take that as you wish, either the school board, principals or teachers.

Implementing a strict dress code, uniforms, absolutely NO cell phones or Ipods on the campus whatsoever. Outlined and acted upon program for violations.
Suffice it to say no drugs, no prescription drugs and no weapons of any kind.

Bullying is automatic dismissal from school for first offense.

I know UCHS is probably not as bad as Philly but the same core issues are involved her also.

Shucks

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meg

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Posted - 03/18/2010 :  12:00:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wabe/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1620379/Georgia.Legislature/15.GA.High.Schools.applauded.for.graduation.rates

http://www.publicschoolreview.com/agency_stats/stateid/GA/level/3/stat/2

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xy

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Posted - 03/22/2010 :  10:40:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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. . . a strict dress code, uniforms, absolutely NO cell phones or Ipods on the campus whatsoever. Outlined and acted upon program for violations.
Suffice it to say no drugs, no prescription drugs and no weapons of any kind.

Bullying is automatic dismissal from school for first offense.


Productive standards for any school

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Wildflower

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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  02:10:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Meanwhile, Towns County only graduates 54%.

Yet, the little town of Hayesville, NC north of us spends less money per student and has a WONDERFUL reputation. Go figure.

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Bob_Hill

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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  08:07:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hate to bring this up but as the father of a teacher I will. Parents make the difference. There is only so much a school system can do. If you don't raise them well the school cannot make it better.

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meg

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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  08:38:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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I hate to bring this up but as the father of a teacher I will. Parents make the difference. There is only so much a school system can do. If you don't raise them well the school cannot make it better.

Almost there...


That is very true. And sometimes high school age students are just rebellious and won't even listen to their parents.Go to Top of Page

Wildflower

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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  4:50:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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I hate to bring this up but as the father of a teacher I will. Parents make the difference. There is only so much a school system can do. If you don't raise them well the school cannot make it better.

I totally agree that better parenting will produce better results. But there is often a vast difference in school systems. The one in Towns County is horribly broken.

Parents are speaking out. They are saying that special ed children are mixed into regular classrooms, which is fine. But there are supposed to be special ed para-teachers working one-on-one with them during class and they aren't always there. This results in teachers trying to redirect and focus the children with learning disabilities and neglecting the other children.

What the children don't have time to learn in class is handed to them as homework. That is not teaching. It's chaos.

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shucks


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Posted - 04/27/2010 :  6:39:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wildflower, I agree with you about the condition of our school system.

I read an article in last weeks Birmingham news as to why Alabama lost the stimulus of $5 million for schools in Alabaama. the federal ovesight education the reviewed all the application stated that Alabama lost because they had no plan to upgrade school personal from principals to teachers. Their findings indicated that Alabama was woefully behind and ranked 47th out of 50 states.

I believe either Rhode Island or Tenn. was the winner.

So, if Alabam is 47th where does Ga rank. Remember GA ranks 49th in overall schools in the nation.

You cannot blame this on parents, even though they have some complicity in the school failure. There is only so much a parent can do.

I have 3 grandchildren in the local school system, and the amount of homework is staggering. Kids just go into overload.

By the way, a new teaching method is catching on nationwide, it is called "unschooling", children do not attend any school or homeschooling. The program depends on learning from life.

Don't condemn before you hear that 90% of all unschooled kids made way above average on their college entrance test( the ones that went on to college)

Sounds like a good program to me.

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Wildflower

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Posted - 04/28/2010 :  06:28:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shucks, I am in Towns County. I was saying that whatever problems Union County schools have, it pales in comparison to Towns County.

But, YEAH, if Georgia consistently scores super low on test scores then being one of the worst schools in Georgia is really saying something.

The newspaper said that Towns County had slipped so low that they were now eligible for Federal money to fix the problems, but they were not going to take it.

Local parents say that's because it would mean big shakeups in the school system and the ones in charge don't want to change.

What confounds me is how Hayesville, NC can spend so much less than we do per student, yet produce such fantastic results. And they've been consistently good for years.

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meg

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Posted - 04/28/2010 :  08:58:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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By the way, a new teaching method is catching on nationwide, it is called "unschooling", children do not attend any school or homeschooling. The program depends on learning from life.

Don't condemn before you hear that 90% of all unschooled kids made way above average on their college entrance test( the ones that went on to college)

Sounds like a good program to me.

Shucks


How do they learn to read and do math? I think there would have to be some kind of teaching for these subjects at least. Once you know how to read you could probably learn the rest, but I don't think many kids could learn to read without someone teaching them the basics. Also, I don't think many kids would be motivated enough to learn English/language arts stuff on their own unless they were planning to go to college. I will have to do some research on "unschooling" to see how it works. I might learn something new!

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meg

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Posted - 04/28/2010 :  09:30:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit meg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wildflower, I think that the main asset Union County Schools has is caring people, and that is not something you can buy with tax money. Most people and businesses in the community support the schools and help them in any way they can. The faculty and staff (teachers, parapros, principals, bus drivers, lunchroom workers, custodians, etc) really care about the students. They do all they can to help every student succeed in school and in life. Besides helping them with schoolwork, they get them clothes and shoes if they need them, find help with food, medical care, firewood, utilities, etc., and I think most of them pray for their students regularly. I believe that knowing that people care about them motivates students to try harder and stay in school (most of the time).Go to Top of Page
   
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