Student FocusedIt must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts...it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves.
Parent DirectedIf my parents didn't push me and didn't support education, I probably wouldn't be here today, ... Regardless of whatever they went through and how they may have been treated, they felt education was important. So, it's easier when you have the parents who support it, rather than those who don't.
Teacher SupportedI'd like, if I may, to sum up the benefits that should logically result from the proper teaching of the subjects we—and many others—have agreed on. They are fit for all minds, endowing students with particular and general abilities to think, speak simply and clearly, express views rationally, know and use a body of facts and ideas that help communicate because they are widely known, detect errors and fallacies, and resolve intellectual problems.
To be sure, these are lofty goals. To reach them regularly and to the fullest would imply flawlessness in teacher and taught, which is not humanly possible. We must accept an approximation, and when the effort is made by competent teachers and administrators, it can be done. It has been done.
Every child is unique, and has an individual set of needs. Every child can also be advanced in their own way. Sometimes this is very difficult to recognize. No matter what a child's challenges, we should do everything in our power to recognize achievments and help students develop their genius.
Students with involved parents will perform better in their educational pursuits. We can improve the tools and implement policies in our district which will make it easier for parents to participate in their children's education.
Our teachers can be overburdened with tasks that have been proven to accomplish little or nothing toward helping students succeed in learning. Let's give our teachers the tools and remove the distractions that get in the way of achieving our primary goal of happy and educated students.
- Taught classes to students from grade school to post secondary
- Taught in traditional public, charter, private, and home schools
- Served as principal of Lillian Vallely School
- Has served as director of information technology for several schools
- Currently writes educational software