Small schools close achievement gaps, especially in poorer communities.

Recently, Joplin, Missouri Schools Superintendent Dr. Moss and the Board of Education have invited the patrons to several Community Input Sessions concerning long-term facility reports in regards to possibly combining Columbia Elementary and West Central Elementary. They’re providing several scenarios, but one option is a new site for 450 elementary students. In a world where … Continue reading Small schools close achievement gaps, especially in poorer communities.

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Equality Is Not Equal

“Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free.”             We all desire equality. But equality in opportunity does not equate equal outcomes. Basic equality should be defined as equal worth, value, opportunity, fairness and a level playing field.  From our very own Declaration of Independence we read: “We hold these Truths to be … Continue reading Equality Is Not Equal

Listening with Skeptical Ears

A few years ago, the “History” textbook I was helping my sophomore read startled me. It wasn’t overtly bad, just a subtle biased against our American Founders. Do not be fooled, there was a political agenda: the idea that our Founding Fathers were racists, cruel, chauvinists and the Constitution they wrote was inherently flawed. It … Continue reading Listening with Skeptical Ears

Failing Schools Blame Game

“The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” ~Abraham Lincoln American public education must be reformed. Looking around at the new leadership in Washington, we are in big trouble! Our schools, once built on a foundation best suited to a free society, where good and taught … Continue reading Failing Schools Blame Game