How Do You Grade a School? / Movie: The Book Thief

Yes! The dessert must be smaller than the child.

Yes! The dessert MUST be smaller than the child.

How do you grade a school? Well, I really don’t think you should be grading a school or anything else. Remember, if you become essentially non-judgmental, you can reap the rewards of filling your life with something called joy.

Kids can grade a school, if they are so inclined. And our children are getting to be more and more inclined, physically, as technology disables their minds and bodies. Their thought processes have become so linearized that they tend to attach a letter grade to everything. And thus, many avenues of joy are prejudged and avoided.

Perhaps non-graded schools should be the only ones receiving a

Townes readily makes new friends.

Townes readily makes new friends.

grade. But then, they become graded. What non-sense. I read about schools that are pseudo-assessed and wonder about the statistical probabilities involved. We are all familiar with the one term paper that was submitted to different teachers which resulted in grades ranging from an A+ to an F (in the same High School).

And what if you get the worst teachers one year in one school and have the best teachers the next year in another school? Can you really compare schools? Or is Mrs. Anderson correct in observing that a school is just as good as the one teacher your child has at this moment?

Allow me to offer real considerations for you to make when assessing the best education and environment for your child. Take a look at these criteria and let me know what you think:

                                            REPORT CARD FOR SCHOOLS

                                                              GRADE
1. Pesticide FREE environment               ______
2. Pet Friendly                                        ______
3. Kid Friendly                                        ______
4. Homework Free                                  ______
5. Grades & Report Card Free                ______
6. Standardized Testing Free                  ______
7. Academic Freedom abounds              ______
8. Affective Domain emphasized             ______
9. Higher Level Thinking Skills                ______
Games & Activities abound
10. Joy is the number ONE objective      ______
11. The curriculum offered is the time
honored Classical Course of Study         ______
12. Instruction is highly personalized      ______
13. Level of mastery is 90% (not 70%)    ______
14. 100% of graduates attend college     ______

OK. Forget the non-sense grade. Just check it off the list and move on.

We were captivated by the Native American treasures.

We were captivated by the Native American treasures.

At our school we have given careful consideration, over many years, to what we feel are the real considerations and concerns. Only after we align our learning environment and our educational philosophy with real life and real world considerations, do we look

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence  graciously shared their knowledge at the Museum of the Americas.

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence graciously shared their knowledge at the Museum of the Americas.

for the finest people, who love life and love children, to teach.

We give our wonderful instructors and mentors spaces and faces, coffee and consideration and then we get out of their way and out of their classroom (that’s called Academic Freedom, in case you wondered what it was). If they need something, rest assured, they will tell me. And, if all goes well, a loved one will be asleep in my office. Please knock gently on the door. My dog and good friend, Rosie, will panic and feebly try to bark. She is nineteen years old, and I was around when Six Flags was, well, One Flag, or was it a feather on a pole? I don’t know.

Hey, cut us some slack!

Hey, cut me some slack! I have some significant napping to do.

So, cut us some slack and let Rosie get a good nap. Trust me, she has earned it.

On FRIDAY: we will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111. At approximately 11:00 a.m. we will travel to the FOOD COURT in the Ridgmar Mall to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we will walk to the RAVE 13 THEATER located in the Mall at 2300 Green Oaks Road, telephone (817) 566-0025, to enjoy the highly acclaimed new movie The Book Thief, (Rating: PG-13 for Some Violence, Intense Thematic Material. / Run Time: 127 minutes and starting at 12:15 p.m. Younger students may view another film with the blessing of Mrs. A. PICK UP will be at the theater at 2:30 p.m.

Synopsis:

Me too!

                       Me too!

In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel’s new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans’ life.

The starting time may change, please be patient. Dr. A may become anxious but popcorn will help.

Emergency Telephone:  682-777-1908

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call if you will be late.

Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. A (wake him gently with the smell of warm popcorn if necessary).

FINANCIAL: We have been told Tickets are $5.00 but this may be incorrect – please pay at the Box Office. Please provide funds for a good book and for lunch. Refreshments: Yes!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays (Christmas Holidays)
Jan. 24 Fort Worth Stock Show

We spend 50% of our waking day 
Daydreaming! 

From Oxford University:
47% of ALL jobs are at risk of being replaced by ROBOTS!
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