While at breakfast this morning, my husband and I were reading through the USA Today newspaper, and on page 3A there is a great article on New Orleans school systems called “City school system is re-educated,” by Rick Jervis. I wanted to share some specs on this article for all of you who might be interested in the reconstruction projects there since Hurricane Katrina:
- In the New Orleans College Prep Middle School, teachers now address their students before class with, “Good morning, scholars!” Each student must stand with their hands to their sides and greet their teacher in return. Teachers believe this new greeting style will, “inject fresh zeal” into the students’ day. Do we agree? I think it’s a little corny, personally.
- Superintendent Paul Vallas is doing the following in his New Orleans district to better education since the hurricane: 1.) increase school day by two hours each day, 2.) put modern furniture in classrooms and electronic Promethean boards, 3.) issuing take-home laptops to all high school students, 4.) shrink class sizes. WOW, I am impressed with Vallas. I give him much credit for inventing THE LAPTOP IDEA!
- Back at New Orleans College Prep Middle School, the reading teacher has found a new way to “correct” bad behavior in her classroom. She makes any student who has acted up in class or failed assignments wear a “YET” sign around his or her neck during the next school day. This sign means that this “bad” student is “not there yet” in terms of behavior and performance. Ouch?! I do not agree with this idea, because I think it humiliates students who are struggling readers, for example. What do all of you think?
Just thought I’d share this & hope you find it interesting! – Sofia