Our public education system is not working, clearly.  But what are some solutions to improvement?  What is best for our youth, and will sending them to school year-round really pick up the slack?  LZ Granderson, CNN Opinion Columnist, shares his ideas in this 2-part video series.

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What are your thoughts?

Our public education system is not working, clearly.  But what are some solutions to improvement?  What is best for our youth, and will sending them to school year-round really pick up the slack?  LZ Granderson, CNN Opinion Columnist, shares his ideas in this 2-part video series.

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What are your thoughts?

The American Federation for Children hosted its second annual National Policy Summit at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C., Monday. The group is one of the nation’s largest organizations supporting school choice — a political movement that advocates for parochial, private, and charter schools to play a bigger role in public education in the form of voucher programs and tax credits to businesses that support school choice initiatives.

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Do you agree that parents should be jailed for trying to give their child(ren) a better education?

CNN’s Kiran Chetry speaks with CNN’s Steve Perry about a mother facing charges for sending her son to a better school.
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INDIANAPOLIS – An east side charter school stands out from the rest with an emphasis on going green while guiding students into a future driven by technology.

You know just by looking at the building, the Paramount School of Excellence is something special. Once inside the main office, there is no doubt.

It took $4.5 million to convert what was once an old Mason Lodge to a state-of-the art charter school on the city’s near east side. Surrounded by a wind farm spread out over nine acres, the Paramount School offersinteractive white boards, Apple computers and an eco-room for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“Two of the main focuses here are on conservation and technology. The five wind turbines on the grounds here produce enough electricity to power all of the technology in the building,” said Tommy Reddicks, Paramount School director.

That includes AWESOME the robot.

AWESOME stands for Autonomous Working Smart Machine. All of the students get to see robots on a regular basis, they see them in the classroom and there’s a curriculum built around them,” said Reddicks.

In the eco-room its all about respecting the environment.

“I learn to not litter and recycle,” said Zenia Palmer, student.

Classroom work has become more comfortable.

“This is the fourth grade classroom. We’ve tried to bring the concept of home to school, so we have easy chairsinstead of desks,” said Reddicks.

School leaders and teachers believe the breakthrough approach here goes well beyond the basics of elementary school education, putting students on the right track to pursuing their future while protecting the environment.

By Bruce Kopp – bio

Today marks the beginning of Teacher Appreciation week!  So to all the classroom leaders, and to the first teachers a child has (the parents/guardians), thank you!  Thank you for preparing our future leaders!

Please read In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week: A Open Letter  from Arne Duncan to America’s Teachers.

-The Summary

The idea of Learning Disabilities, and therefore also of ADHD, has become such an established “scientific fact,” that many people may raise a skeptical eyebrow when they see or hear this title. One should never lose sight of the fact, however, that science is practiced by human beings , and human beings are prone to err. However, when we consider the destruction and devastation, that notions like “Learning Disabilities” and “Attention Deficit Disorder” have over the past few decades brought to children throughout the whole world, I think it is high time that, for the sake of our children, we start thinking again and stop acting like lemmings.  Read More <<<

Check out this thorough and informative article (with video) written by Dimitri Snowden.  It’s time we start recognizing and accepting the truth:  there is nothing “authentically” wrong with our children…

When I think about school buildings, I automatically get a picture in my head of square classrooms, long hallways, the principals office, a cafeteria, maybe an auditorium, and definitely, a gym.  When I was grade school (which wasn’t that long ago) every school I attended had a gym.  Some of these schools had playgrounds too, while others didn’t, but a gymnasium with athletic equipment including cones, jump ropes, and balls of all sorts was definitely part of the scenery.  But was I spoiled?  I’m thinking back; I was a high-mobility kid whose family was always on the move.  I attended 11 schools in 13 years, and not once did I attend a school that didn’t have a gym!

Nowadays, young people need physical activity more than ever because our society is inundated with electronics, video games, cell phones, computers, fast, processed food, and crime (yes!) and childhood obesity is on an unrelenting rise!  Children need to be active, and what better place to be in motion than a place they spend most of their time anyway- school!  This is one school that needs YOUR help.  They have a beautiful campus, a green curriculum, and a dedicated community, but there isn’t a gym…

Paramount School of Excellence submitted a grant called “Our School Needs”, and what they need is gym and a quality sports program.  This isn’t much to ask for considering everything they give back to the community each day.  PSoE sits in a neighborhood where it isn’t always super safe to just go out and play, so the one place these students (and every student) should be able to depend on to get active is at school!  Check out this article which discusses the grant, and gives a strong argument for why a gymnasium shouldn’t be a luxury!

The Home Energy Americas blog did a feature of my BFF’s school, so I thought I’d share! Renewable energy is a beautiful thing, and so is PSoE!  Check it out here <<<

New School Rock is a spinoff blog of TheSummary (blog) dedicated solely to education.  As an educator myself, I understand that we are in a tough times when it comes to preparing our young citizens to compete globally for jobs, but far more importantly, existing in this universe as knowledgeable, caring, empathetic, and easily adaptive citizens of the world.

This blog seeks to inform on the current state of education, what people are doing nationally and globally to prepare citizens of the world, sustainable education practices, education reform, non-traditional or alternative educational practices and programs, and news pertaining to the state of education.  In this blog you will find links to fascinating articles, educational websites, opinion pieces, and in general, a fresh perspective with which to approach education.  This blog is not meant to institutionalize or indoctrinate what comes naturally to us as humans- our desire to learn.  And unlike it may seem, we are not doomed if we evolve.  The School House doors may have locked you out, but there is hope!  It’s now time for New School Rock!

-TheSummary