Iíve seen reforms and innovations come and go, helping some children and hindering others. Iíve seen expensive materials and machines adopted with great expectations and at great expense, only to be relegated to a dusty storeroom within a few years.
The "need for school reform" is an evergreen topic in the United States. Parents need to be informed about it, but they cannot trust their childrenís intellectual or moral development to it. Little children grow up faster than effective reforms can be implemented. The objectives of politicians and professional educators change from one election cycle to the next. Their goals may or may not be the same as those of individual parents. For that reason, parents need to take the lead in their childrenīs education.
When it comes to the crunch, parents are the only reliable "school reformers."
My goal on the School Reform site is twofold:
1. Report and comment on educational innovations and controversies in the news;
2. Provide guidelines for parents who want to monitor their childrenís school progress in terms of specific grade level achievement.
I live in Northwest Arkansas with two cats and a dog. My children and their families live nearby. When Iím not writing or reading, Iím gardening, playing with my critters, volunteering in the community, or spending time with family and friends.
In addition to serving as School Reform Editor at BellaOnline, I write about literacy and popular culture at American English Doctor, and about the uses of English in the media at Bottomline English. Iíve published two books with DAEL Publications: So You Want to Write, and A Joan for All Seasons, a film guide to six movies about Joan of Arc. Both are available at Amazon.
B.A., English and Journalism, Oklahoma City University
B.A. (Honours), English, University of London (England)
M.A., Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)
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