It is sometimes believed that publishing the results of standardized tests has a value for the public. Have you ever heard of a parent or teacher express concerns about the comparative scores? I have not, even when the scores may be low compared to other schools or states. Sadly, most readers have come to accept that this is the trend – a trend that our quality education has been on the decline for decades.
Our state and federal governments continue to throw money into standardized testing with all its costs, disruptions in our classrooms, teacher training sessions, administrative paperwork, upgrades to computer testing networks, and student anxiety. There really is no value in states spending many millions of dollars that ends up in corporation pockets, and not having personal value in our classrooms. If state money is really that available, how about spending it on getting more teachers, so that classrooms can be smaller, for example.
All of the above detriments can be avoided while getting better student results. Testing must return to teacher and subject exams. This allows our trained teachers to focus on each child and the learning process that happens everyday in the classrooms. When a unit of study is completed by the student, s/he can be evaluated on the contents. In a truly personalized curriculum, the results of the students accomplishments can be recorded. The progress of each child is reported to the parents by way of report cards, and a student’s cum folder that follows the child through the school years. This is all that is needed to assist in the growth of the child. This is the more sensible (and centsible) approach that ends up benefiting each child. State and federal control of curriculum and testing has not worked. Local control by school districts, teachers, and parents must be returned to get better results.

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If we are ready to take a look at our school situations with eyes wide open, we
must certainly recognize the need for changes. The statistics that supports changes are
overwhelming. Newspapers frequently present these depressing facts on a regular
basis. One statistic tells us a lot, however. The progress an average school child
makes in a year’s time is .4 of a school year. That is, they gain less that a half year’s
progress in a school year. That means that the average high school graduate operates
at about a 5.2 grade level and this figure doesn’t include the 30% or more that drop out
of school. Now that’s pretty sad!
In addition, we are aware of the vandalism, crime, and financial challenges.
School districts all over the country are going bankrupt. Many important programs are
being eliminated.
One of the major handicaps that educators give as an excuse for not achieving
what they want is the large class sizes. From their point of view their reasons may be
valid. This doesn’t need to be. I will show how the results in the PAL manual –four to
ten times the current results in the schools – is possible in classrooms of any size. Let’s
concentrate on positive improvements rather than on the negatives.  View the Better Schools article and the proven PAL manual at http://www.personalassistedlearning.info.  It is all at no cost and can be downloaded from a PDF file.

PARENTS: If you knew your child can (1) be at least a school year’s level ahead in 3 months

  1. be guaranteed at least a grade level ahead by fall, no matter how many year’s behind (3) have these advantages affordable, would you call for a free evaluation?

    When I was actively teaching and developing learning centers, this ad and the following one would often be developed. Your child must develop skills and self-esteem before middle school. Flexible hours that everyone can afford. FREE evaluation. Progress GUARANTEED. Now as a retired educator/author, my passion in life is to share the unparalled results on my website: www.personalassistedlearning.info . These free and proven guidelines can be used for tutoring your own children, home schooling, or developing a learning center.Image

PLEASE be certain your child is at least grade level before middle school! Afterwards may be too late. Looking back over the years when I was actively teaching/tutoring, I became aware just how important it is for parents to see that their children are ready for middle school. Peer pressure and low self-esteem would usually keep the behind middle schoolers from catching up. Too often these same students would drop out of school and/or become involved with drugs and crime. When developing learning centers, I would often advertise: Believe it! We guarantee your child to be at least grade level by fall. The guidelines to attain these results are offered at no cost in my website www.personalassistedlearning.info. The website also offers a variety of self-help topics.Image

As a retired educator/author, I want to share education successes that have no comparable results. Here are two ads I used to advertise when I was developing learning centers: NO SCHOOL offers a guarantee. We do and No child should be without Help. Guaranteed fast progress. Free materials that offer the guidelines I used in those centers, are found on my website www.personalassistedlearning.info, as well as many other helpful materials and my email address for your use.Image

Prisons Don’t Need Guards

One of many ideas for reducing the costs of crime – to taxpayers and victims – is to eliminate prison guards and replace them with trained staff. The staff I refer to, are those who direct needed changes for inmates. Instead of having uniformed guards who often create anger due to lack of respect for authority, the staff will consist of those who care about the welfare of the inmates and a safer society that results from their efforts.
I visualize “prisons” as becoming “rehabilitation centers”. The focus would no longer be on revenge or the perception that punishment is the answer to change felons. These rehab centers would offer a 24/7 program that pre-evaluates the needs of each “client” or inmate, and then develops a series of classes and activities that are monitored for change for each person. The staff is comprised of social workers, psychiatric workers, psychologists, and psychiatric technicians. Most of the staff can be persons who are training for their professional position, and will require little or no pay for their learning experiences. These same “trainees” will most likely work hard as they work with the inmates. Many presently employed guards could be trained for staff positions.
What about safety? All staff members will be trained in security related measures that can be very simple and effective. For example, at Atascadero State Hospital in California, a very effective “security-staff” program has been in place. Staff persons wear only their street clothes, and have a security device on their person. When or if an inmate is about to “go off” or create a disturbance, the staff person signals from their radio device. Within seconds, many staff persons appear at the scene and bodily surround the person(s) creating the disturbance, resulting in having the problem stopped.
Details as to the contents of a rehab program, and many more ideas to reduce crime costs and greatly reducing re-offense rates is found at http://www.educationandjusticesolutions.info . The proven contents of the website are all free and are based on years of experience and research.