With a White House press operation that won't let Helen Thomas ask any questions, do you expect that this administration will bother even hearing anything she has to say?
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Just to be different, let's take a look at the actual program and try to get an idea of what it does instead of taking somebody's simple good/bad analysis of it. Link to the government site for it: http://www.ed.gov/programs/gearup/performance.html
It's all well and good, but I can't see increasing SAT scores or increasing math scores in school an being a major factor in reducing gang violence.
Middle school [7th/8th grade here] is considered the tough one because high school has only those who washed out of 'delinquent training;' not in jail or dead. Anyway, when I get a disrupter I try to get time to sit next to him/her- their level- and give specific help. Amazing how often they respond and appreciate. Zits are nothing compared to being considered "stupid" by peers.
"Time" is the key: Our small town- and probably most bigger ones- can't afford teacher/student ratios that would work. Why do I get to do it? Because no one expects much of a sub, and I don't have a career to risk. The regulars have to stay right with the program, which locks out the Bart Simpsons. Give me (or anyone) J-Lo's agent's. cut for her next gig and we could transform this place.
Regards, Doug in New Mexcio
... did I miss something at the link?
Utah?? There is a gang violence problem in UTAH??
Taking the SAT's is not a huge achievement. Anyone can TAKE them. If the national average is 1000, then 44% scoring over the national average is not all that impressive. That means that 56% scored under 500 on one or the other SAT.
Under Success stories:
The number of discipline referrals in ONE of the School Board of Alachua County's GEAR UP schools has decreased 12% since GEAR UP has been in operation (from 1999 to 2001).
Begs the question, if gear up was working in ALL the Alachua County schools why not better success stories.
Such things as increasing enrollment in college tuition assistance programs, developing a one credit Zoology course, etc. seem totally detached from gang violence!
Helen's been upset with the White House ever since it decided that the President will say when a press conference will end and not Helen Thomas. When she was "dethroned" as queen of the press conferences she pitched a "purple kitten" loudly and publically, and eventually found herself ignored. She found that a lot of the press corps didn't like her and prefered it when she wasn't in the front row being "in charge".