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We care about our Children’s intellectual, social and psychological needs. Split level (multiage) classes do not work for all students.
Split level classes should only be implemented as a last resort to keep proper student : teacher ratios. There is sufficient numbers of students to make single grade level classes. There are good reasons to have split classes but there are more reasons to not split the classes. Classes should only be split if absolutely necessary.
Split level classes reduce the quality of education and students may not be exposed to the full required curriculum of their grade level. The older level of students may not be challenged enough and their time could be wasted by less mature students causing disruptions.
Younger students may not develop confidence if they feel like they are behind other students. Split level classes greatly reduce the number of class peers and potential friends available for each student. Older children generally do not like to play with younger children.
Split level classes require more planning and monitoring and all students must be able to work independently. Split level classes double the teachers’ planning, teaching, grading and record keeping time.
Students are being denied transfer credits from a accredited summer course. Summer courses offered by Southern Vermont College aren't visually posted or told how to sign up for. There is little to no communication between students and advisors.
Advisors are signing students up for classes that they don't have the prerequisites for. Students don't have the necessary information or help to sign up for classes. The decreased ability for students to be student athletes (especially Nursing students).
I am a local Brown Belt Nia teacher, who would like to use a derelict building to offer Nia - health, fitness and well-being classes for all ages.
The building we propose to use has been empty for the last few years and starting to fall into disrepair. It is the old sales building on Windsor Quay, Cardiff and was only granted a temporary planning permission and now a demolition order has been served on it.
The plan is to destroy the building and replace it with landscaped gardens. In other words a piece of grass or flower bed.
We believe that repairing the building and making good use of it by offering small community classes that will improve the health and well-being of local people is more valuable than their plans. Tearing it down would be absurd. It would be a poor environmental and social decision to do this.
Nia is a barefoot practice and over the last 6 years our group has been desperately looking for a safe, clean space where we would be able to dance. We would create a place where everyone would be welcome - providing classes for all ages and all backgrounds. We would dance, share, get fit, heal, inspire and be inspired.
The exciting news is that the building's owners would even donate it to us as they see us offering value to the community and they don't want to tear it down.
The only thing stopping us is the Cardiff Council Planning Department.
Please support us, tell all your friends, help us find Nia a home in Cardiff. Sign our petition to show how important it is that we save this building and use it for a good cause - improving the health and well-being of the whole community.
Pilates classes have been running since 2004 at Silverdale Hall, Sydenham, London.
The future of these classes is now uncertain as the management of the hall is to pass from Local Authority Control to Venner Road Hall Premises Management Committee.
The Psychology Department at UCSD has come to the decision of declining Dr. Robert Epstein his position teaching infamously beloved classes, not for any budget reasons, but because the Department has expressed a manner of discomfort at the amount of press coverage and popularity of his courses.
The UCSD Psychology Homepage boasts, "The Department of Psychology at UCSD consistently ranks among the top experimental psychology programs in the country. From its founding in 1965 by George Mandler, the department now names among its faculty many of the world's leading experts in cognition, learning, memory, perception, attention, language, autism, emotion, and social relationships." To anyone that knows even the slightest bit about Dr. Epstein, whether they've noted how he effortlessly pulls off wearing a Beatles Abbey Road shirt underneath a casual suit or they've known about his 14 books or numerous television appearances, it's evident that they're talking about him when they post such a statement. Losing such a valuable asset would be devastating for not only the school, but it's students as well.
Just a few of the accomplishments of Dr. Epstein include; editor-in-chief of Psychology Today, contributing editor for Scientific American Mind, columnist ("The Skeptical Psychologist") for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, founder and Director Emeritus of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Massachusetts, host of a number of psychology-related radio programs(particularly Psyched!®), author, father of four, and longtime psychology researcher and professor.
Dr. Robert Epstein has brought life to learning and creativity into classrooms. His impressive accomplishments and flawless feedback from students only solidifies the reasons why UCSD needs Dr. Epstein. The University would gain no benefit from denying him his position here at UCSD.
"During my tenure as Department Chair,
our staff in charge of undergraduate
affairs were virtually inundated with
students coming to them raving about
Epstein's class, and asking that he be
hired to teach future classes."
Ben A. Williams, Professor of Psychology,
University of California San Diego
On May 8, 2009, Ms. April Terry (a.k.a. "Box") was informed she would no longer be teaching sports medicine classes at Flathead High School. FHS Administration's reason: "to make room for a coach/teacher". Athletics over Academics?!
Many FHS students, parents & staff are disconcerted about this turn of events, because without Ms. Terry's valued leadership, the sports medicine classes at FHS will most likely be discontinued. However, Ms. Terry is being allowed to continue teaching sports medicine classes at Glacier H.S.
Glacier over Flathead?
The sports medicine curriculum taught by Ms. Terry serves as an excellent stepping stone for students interested in pursuing a medical professions career. Many students taking her class, say they like going to her class because "Box makes learning fun". Ms. Terry also assists FHS athletic trainer Mike Graf provide quality, medical care to FHS students.
On May 11, 2009 Mrs. Linda Dysart's class was informed that she would not be returning as she was being let go. Holding back tears she explained to the class how all of her classes had been redistributed to other teachers or completely taken off the available classes. Classes like drama, speech, and psychology were all given to other teachers to instruct. Classes like creative writing were gotten rid of.
She also coached both flags and show choir; she herself has not been informed of what is to come of those and is not even sure if she will be allowed to continue coaching them. Linda Dysart is an exceptional teacher and lady. If she is let go so many people will be let down. All the students taking, or planning to take, her prior mentioned classes will not be able to experience what an amazing teacher she is. If let go students in drama, psychology, speech, flags, and show choir will all be let down as they will not have the teaching of Mrs. Linda Dysart behind them.
She is an exceptional role model for Delta High School students and is one of the best we've seen in communicating, sympathizing, and directing students.
We demand an end to the sabotage of our schools. Every year, many schools, often the same schools CPS later wants to “turnaround”, end up short staffed. New staff are not hired until at least the 20th school day, causing classes to be overcrowded, without teachers, and resulting in massive schedule changes in October. Because enrollment is underestimated, kindergarteners are forced into classes of 40 students while the school waits for the board to approve another teacher.
In most cases, this travesty contributes to the educational disparities of students who already have social and economic disadvantages. The CPS formula for assigning teachers allows for no flexibility, and leads to split level classes, dropped electives, and overcrowded classes.
A formula that took into consideration the students’ needs would allow for smaller classes and more teacher availability.
According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation in 2008, 20% of college students suffer from sleep disorders due to sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is an issue that must be addressed on this campus because:
1. Less sleep = a decline in class attendance,
2. Ability to concentrate diminishes, and
3. GPA’s substantially decrease.
A Solution to this problem includes, but is not limited to:
1. Pushing the start time of large lecture classes to 9 am instead of 8 am, and
2. Leaving only smaller, major-specific courses and laboratory courses at their original start time of 8 am.
Proposition is subject to amendment as seen fit by the Pennsylvania State University.
It came to my attention that the 4x4 scheduling divides semesters. Which in other words, we, the students, would have 4 classes one semester, and have 4 different classes the following semester, including an extra 50 minute period added to the day.
I have one thing to say, what about TAKS testing? As it is, not many students are skilled in math. What happens if a student who needs more help in math gets their math class the first semester? As you may know the TAKS test occurs towards the end of the year.
The probability of the student remembering what they learned the last semester is very low.
The several colleges that made up Rutgers were always granted their own ceremonies with their own traditions. When these colleges were combined into the School of Arts and Sciences future generations lost this privilege.
While future generations may not have individual colleges there are still classes entitled to a separate ceremony for each college.
This amalgamation also denied the opportunity for the Rutgers College classes of 2009 and 2010 to claim the Rutgers college ring that they are entitled to as well.
Everyday most of our teenagers complain that what they are learning in high school is unnecessary. Most parents can't even help their children with their homework anymore, because it is so irrelevant that they do not even remember how to do it.
My point is, teenagers are not learning what they need for everyday life after they graduate. Instead all they are getting is book smarts, which they already learned in elementary and middle school, but in high school it is just at a more advanced level.
What needs to be changed is that the mandatory and elective classes should be flipped because most of the elective classes are those that teach you what you need in everyday life.
On the other hand the mandatory classes such as Math, Science, and History are not needed after learning the basics of it in elementary school and middle school, unless you want a career in which you use those subjects, which is why they should be changed to electives.
Over the last few years we have seen more and more split classes in core subjects.
This year we had many small option classes, Art, Sports Medicine, Psychology, Agriculture, but every core class that we had was split: Pure Math 10 split with Pure Math 20; Science 10 split with Forensics; English 10-1 split with English 10-2; Physics 20 split with Physics 30; Pure Math 30 split with Math 31; Chemistry 20 split with Chemistry 30 and so on.
Stillness Juniors was once a sought after school where parents would move into the catchment area so that their children could attend.
This school used to have a waiting list as classes were too full. So why in the last 4 years have parents been removing their children and placing them into other local schools or more drastically, moving out of the area all together?
Almost all the classes are now not fully subscribed. The amount of Teachers that have come and subsequently left the Juniors in the last 4 years is unprecedented. This in turn is affecting the superbly run infants & nursery school. If like me and many others you are unhappy with the way the Juniors is being run and feel that Stillness Junior School is desperately in need of a change of management then please sign this petition.
Let's again make Stillness Juniors a school we want to send our kids to. When we have enough signatures a copy will be sent to Ofsted, Lewisham Education Authority, the Mayor, our Local MPs, and the board of Governors. This petition in no way reflects against the hard working teachers in the juniors.
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Recently, the Cape Coral High School administration has decided to remove the music department from the school.
The administration's reason for removing the program was becasue there weren't enough students signed up for the classes.
The music teacher and her students acted immediately, set up a table in the cafeteria, and got a considerable amount of students to sign up. There were at least 104 students signed up for classes such as guitar, piano/keyboard, musical theatre, drums, and the special education class.
Although they had less than two months to accomplish the task in recruiting more students, they achieved the goal.
The administration claims that there were only around 40 people who signed up.
Every student has the right to learn about different fields which interest them, and removing the music department from Cape Coral High School is denying at least 100 students from that right. Removing the music department would be just as unfair as telling the football players that there wasn't going to be any football next year, or telling painters that art class wouldn't be available to them anymore.
Would you like it if you were told that you were unable to participate in the classes that pertained to your hobbies or possible career? No, nobody would. Therefore, we ask the Cape Coral High School administration to change their decision, keeping the music department part of the school.
An "Improvement Plan" has been proposed and is seriously being considered for next year (school year '06/'07) for the Triton Middle School. The plan would eliminate the current tracking or leveling of the 7th and 8th grades.
In other words, there would no longer be advanced classes; all classes would be heterogeneous (the same).
The push for all students to pass the state mandated TAKS test has intensified. Students who teachers feel are "at risk" of not passing the test are being put into extra math, reading, science, or social studies classes that focus on skills tested on the TAKS test.
However, many of the students being put into these classes are doing well in their core classes, they are NOT failing. These students are being taken out of their elective classes, such as band, theatre arts, athletics, etc to go to the extra classes. Some students have been denied music, art, and computer classes since the 3rd grade and now, in 6th grade, they are still being pulled out of their elective.
Our proposal is that they offer the extra help for the TAKS test after school or on only two days a week. Our children should not be denied the opportunity for creative expression because of the pressure the school is under to get everyone to pass a test that is not even a true measure of a child's development.
August 1, 2006
It has come to our attention that Ballys Total Fitness, Bay/Bloor location, will be revamping the Group Exercise schedules.
We, the undersigned, would like to express our NEED (ok, deep desire) to continue to attend the Straight Up Scuplt & PITB Abs and Back Classes.
For most of us, these classes are a large part of why we continue to attend this gym. We love the results we achieve and how the instructors have an amazing ability to motivate us and always keep things fresh and challenging. Noted below you will find individual comments.
On a whole, we would like to see these two classes remain in their current day and time slots, if possible. If this is not possible, please try to keep them in the evening and back-to-back.
Thank you in advance for considering our comments.
This petition is in response to the proposal for 27% reservation quota in favor of the backward classes by HRD Minister Arjun Singh.
This letter voices the strong opposition to this recent proposal, and is not by any means, must be seen as an evidence of contempt towards the SC/ST/OBC. In the form of this letter, we attempt to initiate the realization of the major flaws in the whole system.
To do so, we require to carefully examine the legal, economical and the logical aspects as to why these quota reservations could pose a major threat to the well being of our country.
Need for Reservation- Reality or Myth?
The basic motive was to give the students belonging to the SC/ST/OBC equal opportunities because of their social disadvantages and lack of resources & exposure.
We need to ask ourselves: Has this motive been accomplished by the said reservation quotas?? Ask any doctor or engineer who has graduated with the tag of 'quota' and it will be clear that the procedure has failed to achieve genuine equality, depriving us from the Fundamental Right to Equality.
Constitution and Reservation:
Where articles 15 and 16 ensure every citizen freedom and equality before law, the unpractical provisions for reservation only highlight the contradictions in the machinery of the government.
Reservations were a part of the constitution when it was released in 1950. However, that was supposed to be a temporary measure and was to last for 10 years.
Part XVI of the Constitution makes certain reservations for the SC/ ST/ OBC for their election in the Legislative Assemblies and the House of People. Article 334 expressly provides that the reservations and special representations will cease after a period of fifty years. An Amendment (79th amendment w.e.f. 25-1-2000) to the Constitution in 1999 extended this time frame of fifty years to sixty years. Is this justified? Isn't this detrimental to the interests of the general members of the country who will now consider themselves unfortunate for not being tagged as "depressed" classes.
More than 50 years later the reservations continue to exist and have only become higher with passing years. The politicians, in an attempt to woo more votes from the public, continue to reserve more and more seats for SCs/ STs/ OBCs. This makes us feel as if the government covers its vested interests and political peripherals in the large cloak of democracy.
Certain Consequence of Reservation Regime:
The following are the sure consequences in case if the reservation regime is passed inspite of major oppositions by the IITs, and IIMs:
The caste-hatred in the country will increase, leading to aggravated tensions in the IIT and IIM class rooms.
Youngsters will lose faith in the democratic system of the country. If vote banks are so important to our politicians then we assure them that they'd lose a considerable part of it. We will not stay unplugged.
The benefit of reservation is always lapped up by the quota-students coming into the creamy layer, not being entitled for reservation, while candidates who may be more meritorious miss out on those seats. Such candidates might decide to go abroad, considering their encroachment of opportunities, to accomplish their further studies. This results in India losing talented people, who could have been the country's future.
The quota system, created to facilitate the poor, ends up wrongly being utilized by children of rich people, ministers and IAS officers belonging to SC/ST/OBC. The government and the ministers need to sit and carefully analyze the possible effects on their moves.
Quota helps students secure seat, not degree. This is a hard truth.
Brain Drain- With the reservation regime being proposed with ease and pomp, most of the parents are pushing their children to pursue their academics from institutions abroad sans the inequality and the so called privileged treatment confined only to the "depressed" classes. This will result in a major brain drain. There will be a time when we'll have to have reservation.
It is a well known fact that Where there is a Will, there is a way. If a certain member of the so called SC/ ST/ OBCs is really deserving and hard working then he/ she will surely rise through the ranks. There are already a lot of opportunities. People don't ask you now whether or not you are a member of SC/ ST/ OBCs if you're hard working enough. Then why should the SC/ ST/ OBCs come out and expressly mention their caste details in order to be treated in a privileged manner? Dr. Ambedkar, too, worked his way to the top in an era that was plagued with inequality and untouchability sans the reservation and quota policy. It is surprising to not to know any famous person who has reached the heights that Dr. Ambedkar himself has reached inspite of the quota tainted five decades. This is the biggest failure of the concept of Reservation.
Most quota students are not able to meet the standards of IITs, IIMs or other Indian institutes which are now globally acknowledged. These places of learning will have to bring down their standards and compromise on quality, which will, as an end-result affect the efficient development of the nation. It remains to be seen if the politicians consider their vote banks as important or the economic development of their country and the integrity of the constitution.
The placements of these revered institutes too bear the brunt.
Some statistics that highlight that Reservation Regime will lead nowhere:
The majority of quota students have failed to achieve even average performance:
o At IIM-Lucknow in 2004-05, large number of quota students failed to clear PG prog-I
o At GSVM Medical College, Kanpur, 50%admitted under quota flunk this year,35% get grace marks.
o 60% students fail to clear BSc exam,50% BCom and 40% BA under Allahabad University.
The government might be pushing for reservations for OBCs, but as things stand on the ground, even the 22.5% quota (SC/ST) in higher educations remains unfilled.
DATA collected by HRD Ministry for 2003-04 (latest figures available) show that the total number of students in higher educational institutes-a little over one crore-only 16% are SCs/ST. Which clearly means even with the existing quota, 6.5% of reserved seats are going vacant.
The ministry's data on admission says:
o In classes 1 to 5, as many as 27% of students are from SC/ST category.
o In higher classes, heir number reduces - so that only 24% SC/ST students remain in class 5 to 8, and just 19.1% in class 12.
o Of the 1489 seats in IIMs, 16.4% are filled up by SC/ST students.
o In IITs,it is about 18%.
Even now more than 60% of the students, whose performance are discussed in the Student Review Committee meetings of IIT Delhi, belong to the reserved categories.
o The cumulative grade point average of these students hovers in 5-6.5 range.
o This despite the fact that a one year preparatory course in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is conducted for them.
Moreover, its not just academics that suffer in the hands of reservation. We feel that government is dragging down the level of premier institutions instead of trying to bring them up to international levels.
Alternative solutions to the hike in quota:
The number of seats in premier institutes may be increased, but then the quality of education should not be hampered, to attain which, it will be necessary to increase the teaching faculty as well along with the infrastructure.
The unavailability of seats is not as big a problem to the SC/ST/OBC as their financial crunch is. Assistance may be provided in the forms of scholarships.
The expenditure on higher and technical education is 0.4% and 0.1% of GDP, respectively. This should be raised.
Progeny of those who have got a position through quota should be denied the same privilege. One 'quota-case' in every family is sufficient.
The misuse of the quota by the powerful and the rich should be taken care of. Proper investigations and checks must be undertaken by the ministers who so loudly advocate the reservation regime.
The level of primary and secondary education must be boosted. All the problems start from primary level itself, if a student does not have a strong base, then he cannot complete higher education successfully.
The government should make efforts to uplift backward classes by strengthening the educational base of these classes at the primary level. Caste does not define how intelligent a person is. Rather it is differences in resources and exposure.
The government should start some campaigns to ensure that students from all sections of society are encouraged to pursue studies atleast till 12th standard.
Reservations in premier institutes are of no use unless creamy layer of students is kept out of it.
Merit V/s Quota
* FICCI president Y K Modi on September 4, 2004: "No where in the world is there reservation in the private sector".
* CII president Anand Mahindra on May 31, 2004: "The concept of reservation without reference to merit could have a distorting effect on the operations of the private sector".
* Ratan Tata: "Though I do not want to comment on it (reservation), it is bad in some way, it will tend to divide the country into different groups." " While uplift of socially backward classes is important, merit is an important aspect and should not be compromised"
* Assocham president K Sanghi on June 14, 2004: "It will have a far reaching impact on the industry as it may completely destroy the meritocracy in such units and bring inefficiency".
* FICCI president Y K Modi on September 04, 2004: "We oppose it as the move is against industrialisation and will lead to job reduction".
* NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik on May 31, 2004: "It will completely destroy the meritocracy in the private sector".
* Pune-based Alfa Laval India's MD Satish Tondon on August 08, 2004: "If I employ 1,000 staff, 5 per cent reservation would mean I have to recruit 50 people I may not need".
In the end we'd like to mention that the upliftment of socially backward classes is important, merit is an important aspect and should not be compromised. If the quota system has failed to serve the purpose till now, how is it going to help by increasing it?
April 26, 2006
The subject matter of this petition is to obtain a graduation ceremony for those students who complete Medical Front Office classes parts 1-3.
January 11, 2006
My name is Chasidy Walker and I attend Pebblebrook Highschool of Mableton, Georgia and as of today January 11, 2006 I was notified by my school teachers that there will no longer be extra credits given to the students who attend honor classes.
We work hard, we strive to bring home the best grades to show our parents our ability, not just our parents but ourselves! One of the people or groups of people we reflect with our outstanding progress is our own school... the very school who comes to take away the privilege we recieve along with grades; when one attends a honor class and makes a passing grade we recieve points, extra points that goes toward our GPA.
I belive this was an unfair act, no reward for working hard, but yet and still those students on level and below are now going to recieve the same credits we recieve?
Why take something away from us that we worked hard to earn?
August 31, 2005
Currently in Alabama Special Education students are required to take and pass four years of English, history, science, and math based on their Individual Education Plan(IEP).
Therefore they deserve to receive upon graduation a diploma based on their IEP not a certificate of attendance which means I attended school for 12 years. With the NO Child Left Behind these children were pulled out of their self-contained classes and put in regular classes like algebra, biology, american history etc. and was expected to pass them.
There are many colleges that have programs for Special Needs Children as long as they have some type of diploma not a certificate. When they apply at colleges with a certificate will be instructed to take and pass the GED which is harder than regular school so they need their own diploma.
Many states give these students IEP Diplomas.
The administration of Palmer High School decided to change the current bell schedule at Palmer. The new schedule would include two days of extended periods and a teacher collaboration period once a week.
Question: What is wrong with the present schedule?
Answer: The present schedule doesn't allow time for teachers to collaborate or to work individually with struggling students.
False. The present schedule gives most teachers two free periods plus a lunch period in which they can work with other teachers and struggling students.
Problems with Current Schedule:
No time for teachers to collaborate
No time for teachers to work with struggling students
o False, all teachers have free periods in which they can work with other teachers or with students.
Problems with the Proposed Schedule:
No time allotted for Terror TV or announcements,
On a block day, it is possible for a student to began,
class at 7:40 and not eat for five hours.
Field Trips are discouraged
Students taking classes at other schools or at a local
college will have trouble creating a schedule
Students who are taking 8 classes per day will lose a
class, because only 7 periods are offered.
o Particularly detrimental to IB students who wish to participate in elective or extra classes.
Proposed alternate changes to Schedule:
Retain present schedule.
Create department wide lunches/planning periods, so that all members of any given department share a free period in which they can collaborate.
Petition against Peru Community Schools for Bathroom Use Punishment.
There has been a situation during this 2004-2005 school year that was brought to my attention by my children. They were being punished with standing on the wall at recess for needing to use the restroom. I, Walter Campbell Jr., approached Thomas McKaig in a private meeting about the situation. I was told it is the teachers' discretion on how to handle bathroom privileges and that he had asked a Dr. and was told children could go 4 hours without needing to use the restroom. As you will find in my research, it is healthy for a child to use the restroom at least every 2 hours if not more. I brought up that children will have accidents from holding it and not wanting to get in trouble and his response was "Well more children haven't had accidents than have had accidents". I don't think these children should even have the opportunity to have an accident. Every child is different and they drink different amounts of liquid, body retains liquid differently, bladder sizes differ, along with many other differences in children. As I see it using the restroom is not a privilege, it is a necessity for health and psychological reasons. Nothing further was done to investigate the situation.
I did some research on the harms of children not being able to use the restroom and sent these items to school with my children and they were returned to me. The documentation can be viewed at http://www.childadvocate.org/1b.htm or http://www.nospank.net/frbw.htm .
My children are now allowed to go to the restroom when they need to without punishment, but ONLY my children. They are also being treated differently as they do not get in trouble when clearly they should or being let to do things any other child would not ordinarily be allowed to do. This is being done to keep me from filing a lawsuit about the bathroom policy. I do not feel this is fair to the rest of the children in the Peru Community School Corporation, as now this is discrimination to the other children, and ask that something be done. We as adults have OSHA to protect us and it is law that we are able to use the restroom at any time needed, why not our children.
I do know that at Blair Pointe that there are some classes where children are not allowed to use the restroom at all when asked. Then we have Jr. High and High School, where they are given 5 minutes between classes to get books, go to restroom, and make it across the school to get to class. This is not enough time for a normal human to complete such tasks.
I think that the school system has to understand that they need to conform to the needs of the students, not to the needs of the facility. We pay the taxes to keep our schools running and to teach our children. Teaching them that using the restroom is a punishable act is not what we as Miami County residents pay for.
I feel it is our responsibility as parents to know what our schools bathroom use policy is and remedy the situation so that our children know that using the restroom is a normal bodily function and not a punishable act. We as parents have an obligation to be sure our children are safe from physical and mental harm, but letting our schools punish children for a natural body function is considered abuse both physically and mentally. Continued denial of bathroom use will eventually harm our children physically and if they wet themselves they will be harmed mentally.
From eating disorders, to suicides, to kids bringing guns to school, emotional problems have plagued our children for far too long. Children are in desperate need for an emotional class to help them develop the interpersonal and intrapersonal skills they need to become successful and revive society as it is now.
Avondale high school had wood and metalshop and now they don't and we want it back!
Two teachers that care the very most about their school and their students are about to lose their A.P/ honors classes.
Society today is weakened by the lack of gender roles. We must start teaching our children these roles. We must show girls that a woman's main role is keeper at home--a homemaker, and the man is the breadwinner.
I am calling for three things:
1. Universal Home Economics class--as a required course for high school and middle school for girls.
2. More strict dress codes at school--Thighs must be covered, and girls must wear skirts or dresses.
3. Gender-segregated physical education classes--to preserve the modesty of our children.
These things need to happen. We must create a strong future for America. We must reinstate these gender roles to make sure America does not continue to fail.
MNPS currently has only one academic middle school magnet. The demand for this program excceds the demand often by 300% however MNPS, the director and board continue to ignore such demand and fail to meet the needs of high achieving students. Forcing many parents to opt out of the system often to private schools.
Horseland has become too full of people who only care about points. We want to redo horseland, make it as it was before.