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Commentary: Check out what's right with schools

Nov 22, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 22, 2011 - What we think goes on in our schools is more often the product of myth than of fact. Today's myths include overpaid, undeserving teachers, generally failing high schools, and a generation of students whose superficial cyber-friendships symbolize a population of self-absorbed, disconnected youth.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 21, 2011 - Leaders of the St. Louis Public Schools say a $96.1 million windfall from the settlement of the longstanding area school desegregation case would help them regain accreditation.

Cappies: Hilarious holiday with the Hollanders

Nov 21, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov 21, 2011 - If you think YOUR family vacations are crazy, you haven't met the Hollanders. In Parkway Central's production of "Don't Drink the Water," an innocent family vacation to communist Europe goes wrong when the family has to seek sanctuary at the American Embassy - a stay complete with bombs, romance and impersonations of the Sultan of Bashir.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 16, 2011 - When you walk into the Early Childhood Center in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights school district, besides the tall windows and the inviting blond wood of the floor, tables and chairs, you most likely will be struck by the long nature mural hanging on the wall.

To Jennifer Strange, the school's pedagogista, the drawings of plants and animals and insects, above and below the ground, are a perfect example of the use of the Reggio Emilia theory of educating young children: How teachers can listen to their students, figure out what their interests are, then mold those natural inclinations into lessons that instill in the students skills they can use the rest of their lives.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 15, 2011 - There might be someone in the city who does not know the Pevely Dairy plant, with its prominent corner building, name sign and smokestack, but that person probably hasn't been here very long.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 10 2011 - The man chosen to lead Imagine schools in St. Louis to higher levels of achievement, in the face of withering criticism from the mayor and a recommendation from Missouri's top education officials that they shut down, doesn't view his job as a turnaround situation.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 8, 2011 - Missouri's commissioner of education says the Imagine charter schools in St. Louis, under fire for chronically low achievement, should close at the end of the current school year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 8, 2011 - To kick off a nationwide effort to combat the dropout problem among high school students, a town hall in St. Louis Monday night turned the tables and had teachers answering questions instead of asking them.

Based on their responses, the dropout dilemma could be one of the toughest tests they and their students ever face.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 7, 2011 - At the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, recent strategy has concentrated on what president and CEO Patricia Harrison calls the three D's: diversity, dialogue and digital.

Now, CPB and its radio and television stations nationwide are focusing those efforts on a fourth D -- high school dropouts -- featuring a series of town halls that will begin Monday night at the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 2, 2011I wish everyone could spend a half hour or so with the dry, yellowing pages of Stephen E. Smith's doctoral dissertation, composed in 1934 and titled, "A Description of Public School Conditions in Missouri During the Depression." The late Dr. Smith might as well be talking about us.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 25, 2011 - If you wonder why a Shakespeare expert might speak at a conference on cities on the same bill with sociologists, historians and philosophers, you wouldn't be alone.

That's just what the Shakespeare expert wanted to know.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 24, 2011 - Because the Missouri state Board of Education decided to apply for $60 million for early childhood education from Washington, schools in the state could lose money from Jefferson City.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - What does Missouri need to do to push its schools into the top tier nationwide?

A new report out from the organizations that represent the state's public school boards and school administrators has a blueprint that echoes many of the recommendations that education officials have been making for years: Better early-childhood training. Stronger preparation and support for teachers. Higher expectations. A culture of success. Financial support to make these goals a reality.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 17, 2011 - Before this school year began, Linn State Technical College didn't have a drug-testing program or a chapter of the organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

Now it has both, though a lawsuit prompted a federal judge to suspend the testing, at least temporarily. The student chapter began after the school in central Missouri announced it would become the first college in the nation to test all incoming students for drugs, in what it called an effort to prepare them for a world of work where such tests are common.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2011 - The pulsing music on the video on the St. Louis Internship Program's website could just as well be its theme song: Get Ready.

Since 1992, the program has helped more than 3,200 students in the St. Louis area get ready for their first taste of what life is like in a corporate environment -- and for many of them, it has provided the incentive they needed to graduate, go on to college and join that world as a full-fledged professional.

Commentary: Trust, but verify

Oct 13, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2011 - Though Ronald Reagan never claimed to be a scientist, he succinctly summarized the foundation of all scientific inquiry when explaining his position on arms negotiations with the Soviet Union: trust but verify.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis beacon, Oct. 12, 2011 - Wayne Johnson's 7-year-old son, Ben, has just started kindergarten because of the developmental delays he suffers from his condition known as Williams syndrome.

Ben has spent the last few years in pre-school near his family's home in south St. Louis, and Wayne said he got a lot of the services there that he needed. But once he grew to the age where he really needed to be in kindergarten, the Johnsons found themselves in a bind.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2011 - This month, when Estela Neel breaks in the new books for her learning skills class, she'll also be breaking new ground.

"It's just so convenient," she said of the 25 new Nook e-readers she will use to educate students at Hazelwood Northwest Middle School on Shackelford Road. "It's so fantastic to have this tiny thing in your possession where you can take notes and the kids can look up words they don't know and highlight things."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 11, 2011 - Mayor Francis Slay doesn't have the power to sponsor a charter school on his own, and schools may proceed without his blessing, but he's doing his best to make sure that any new schools that are established earn a City Hall seal of approval.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2011 - So you're fed up with hearing about how kids in St. Louis have no quality public schools to attend and you have a great idea for a charter school that will blow the rest of them away.

How do you get started?

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