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Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)


What you say might be true, but it is not measurable on the large-scale measures that we use to take the temperature of education.

In the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Math scores for the nation fell for the first time in 40 years. Arizona led the nation, number one when comparing 4th-grade test scores to 8th-grade test scores 4 years later.

On the 2015 Gallup survey, parent's rating of the quality of their child's school fell nationwide to the 2nd lowest rating in 47 years.

We have any number of districts which hit all-time highs on their internal measurements in 2015, way above the national measurement. Measurements which have been done the same way for more than 20 years.

Quality is more than gains in math and reading scores and an excellent relationship with parents. It's decent food in the cafeteria, dance classes, history, science and a thousand other things. But, some districts, such as Chandler, are reaching excellence in all these things. And, parents see it.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 09/25/2017 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

In the last of the 25 annual Metlife surveys, 39% of teachers rated themselves "Very Satisfied" with the teaching profession - meaning that 61% are highly susceptible to a job offer outside of education.

In the most recent large-scale survey of Arizona teachers, the typical teacher estimated that ten of their fellow teachers were going through the motions, not dedicated, not in the zone. You can blame that on money, but the authors found no statistical difference between Arizona and other states, expressing astonishment at that finding.

A different culturally reality is possible. One where classroom test scores and gain in test scores are acknowledged to be the proper measure of academic achievement and associated with success but not the proper feedback for success of the enterprise.

Over the course of 20 years, Chandler has increased its measured relationships by two points a year. The percentage of parents rating it excellent has gone from 38% to 75%. My estimate is that a district can increase by as much as 7 points a year. The Vail district is at 70% but last time I checked, stalled out.

The nation as a whole is at 24%. That is what our current education culture produces and that is what people desperately want to get back to - the old ways.

Optimal systems create intense positive interdependence between all the participants and imbue that interdependence with the purpose of creating value for all the participants.

Our current education system creates intense negative interdependence between students, neutral to negative interdependence between teachers and a complex interdependency between parents and teachers ranging from highly positive to highly negative.

You can design systems to replace that unhealthy mess with completely positive interdependence. However, that would be a different culture and unknowable to people immersed and products of an existing culture.

I am running a classroom where I have created intense positive interdependence between highly at-risk, all minority students with the purpose of practicing math problems. So far this year, my students have performed 262,973 math problems correctly - an average of 9,740 each over the course of 34 class periods.

David, you say that practice is drudgery and I would agree with you absolutely but only under the current classroom design. My students experience joy at knowing they are faster, more fluent, better than they were yesterday. One of my more at-risk students, an English Language Learner, was blunter. She told me that she would only come to school on days where the math program would be operating. She can do 60 problems a minute correctly and she loves it.

Your inspirational lectures are critical but so is practice. That at-risk student can't close the gap without it. Without it, they are behind and getting further behind. My students don't need homework. When you do 600 math problems while at school, you've done as much as practice can do for you.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 09/25/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Beneath the Surface

Climate Change is a complete hoax consisting of three intellectual frauds.

First, they have falsified total ice volumes of the earth by loading total ice measurements with obscure gravitational models masquerading as ice measurement.

Laser models, by far the most accurate method of measuring ice, show total ice volumes of the planet's ice shelves at or close to all-time records.

If the ice shelves are at or close to all-time records, the measurement of the oceans also has to be fraudulent. How was this fraud done? Again, obscure modeling to show the ocean floors sinking at a rapid pace. If the ocean's surface isn't rising, that's where they hide the non-existent water- in the volume created by a falling ocean floor.

The final fraud is in temperature measurement. The temperature modeling of the First International Panel on Climate Change ended up at the fifth percentile of the model's projection. Meaning, of course, the model lacked validity. A model and a hypothesis that can't predict or explain the past is really worthless at predicting the future. They were able to solve this problem by changing past weather temperature records. They went back and reduced historically recorded temperatures sufficiently to be able to declare current records "all-time highs."

Our current planet temperatures are not statistically different than the originally recorded temperatures.

I am sure that most readers find it inconceivable that a fraud this elaborate, sustained and outrageous could be conducted by our prestigious scientists. However, intellectual frauds in which masses of scientists participate are actually par for the course since research journals began in 1665. Some of these have run for a hundred years. Others have run until the horrific consequences became too glaring to cover up.

It's a philosophy thing. Our western civilization is built around Socrates, Plato and Aristotle formulations for pursuing the truth and pursuing good. Over the last two millennia, that has slowly been replaced with the pursuit of power. Anthropomorphic climate change gives scientists an enormous amount of power over their fellow citizens.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 09/21/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Bad Grades

Three Sonorans,

We can agree on this: Hispanics should get a better education at Tucson Unified.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 09/21/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

Response to Socrates2
I don't have any problem with your comment. It provides balance and perspective.

My point is a curriculum which teaches young students that oppression is a one-way street, i.e. whites oppressing minorities, damages kids. Leaves them thinking about "getting even."

UCLA coach John Wood had a great saying "time spent getting even is better spent getting ahead."

Oppression went in every direction in history. Every race took a turn oppressing somebody.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 09/21/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “White Doesn't Make Right

The critical point is that the Tucson Unified school board should follow state law and adopt the MAS curriculum in an open meeting.

And, they should go furthrr. They should make lesson plans an easily retrievable public record.

And, the curriculum should be balanced. In the trial TUSD stated that some classes were required to say the Mayan prayer for peace and love up to five times a day. Howver, they never taught the students that the Mayans achived their dominance by slaughtering tens of thousands of their fellow indigenous tribe members by using them as target practice and ripping their hearts out of their chests while they were still alive.

Only whites appear to have been characterized as oppressors in the MAS curriculum. A formula for hate. Not good.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 09/21/2017 at 4:31 AM

Re: “Bad Grades

Kristel Foster's quote was great. She needs to take it one step further and focus not just on growth, because focusing on any academic measure alone can dehumanizing relationships .

She needs to develop three simple measures of their schools relationship with parent, teachers and students. She doesn't need an inch thick binder, she needs a one or two page report with excellence percentages along with ten pages of suggestions by parents, teachers and students on how they can improve schools.

She needs this quarterly or monthly or weekly. When you are as large as Tucson Unified, you can pull samples of a 2,000 parents every month without oversampling. The more frequently you pulse the system the faster it will improve.

Education is all about quality of relationships and attitudes.

The number one predictor of a child's academic gain is their attitude towards school. If you are not managing relationships and attitudes, you aren't in the game.

She can pull a few umbrella questions from existing surveys that are jus sitting on shelves gathering dust. I've gathered these surveys for 30 years and, withe exception of Vail, never found a school board member who knew their excellence numbers within 40%. That's why these critical relationship ship numbers haven't improved for the nation in the last 47 years of Gallup data.

Nationwide, only 24% of parents rated their child's school an A school in 2015.

What is that number in Tucson Unified?

In Vail, that number is 67%.

I would suggest that you add an "A+" to the survey choices. Nationwide, only 9% of parents rate their child's school an A+. Leaders get very uncomfortable when the score is 9%.

Done perfectly you could improve that number 7 points a year for the next decade and move your student growth percentiles from the 50th prrcentile to the 70th percentile, well ahead of BASIS at the 62nd percentile.

Done well, you could get two points a year.

On your present course Tucson Unified is flatlined at mediocrity.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 09/21/2017 at 4:09 AM

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