It all started with my senior English teacher who, in my last year of high school, took a victim of tracking, stuck in the C and D levels, invited me into his honors English class with all the smart kids, and convinced me to ignore the labels that had been given me.
Intelligence isn’t all about smarts. Without an aptitude to manage time, persevere, prioritize, plan, remember, handle emotions and reflect, learning is a challenge. Intelligence is largely irrelevant.
Maine was designated as a TechHire Community by the White House as part of an initiative launched by President Obama in March 2015. This recognition, awarded in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 4, was given because ten influential Maine-based employers have committed to recruiting and hiring qualified candidates, regardless of where they obtained their digital knowledge and technical experience.
Remember when we were younger, playing in a sandbox? We weren’t concerned with whether or not our castles were perfect; we learned what worked and what didn’t by experimentation. How much water? How much sand? How tall can we build before it collapses? Yet somehow that sense of play and creativity fades over time as we age.
When it comes to education, there is no lack of public opinion. Since virtually everyone has had some significant experience in the classroom, we have also formed our own opinions on education. These opinions are built from our own unique vantage point and often vary widely.
The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems.
It is impossible to discuss education today without uttering the words, “Common Core.” Today, these two words have achieved the same status as Harry Potter’s nemesis Voldemort, or “he who must not be named.”