Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Critical Thinking Matters.

November 13, 2010

I think that every person running for an elected office should be required to take a standardized test for critical thinking. If they don’t pass, they don’t pass GO!

Education is not about being close.

April 28, 2010

Today, I overheard a woman chatting on the phone with a colleague. She was seeking counsel to find out how to appeal a school district’s decision to send her daughter to her fifth choice and the school farthest from her home — so much for school choice programs.

What really irked me was that the mother said “I don’t need the best school, just something close to the best.” This was said in the context of her desire to find the best learning conditions for her daughter so she would succeed!

Attention educators and administrators — close only counts in horseshoes!

Why a high school diploma matters.

May 31, 2008

Having just attended the Commencement Exercises for Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Georgia, I have one thing to say: “A high school diploma matters.”

From the start with a gloriously performed National Anthem, the first part of the evening was full of expertly delivered speeches. One after another, academic and class leaders delivered poignant, inspirational, but most importantly, relevant messages for their peers. The Salutorian said it the best when she commented that a high school diploma is really about entry into adulthood.

Our young people need milestones like receiving a high school diploma for many reasons, but I can’t think of a better reason than entry into adulthood and all of the opportunity and responsibility it affords.

And . . . it’s not just the diploma that matters, it is the process of getting to Commencement that matters too.