Category Archives: ‘A’ for Achievement

Some Teachers, schools, Districts and states are doing it RIGHT!

Fishing analogy applicable to education

Publisher’s NOTE: For those readers who have been familiar with me for some years, they are aware of my penchant for ‘fishing.’ My schedule has been quite perplexing for the past couple of weeks, and although I attempt to keep our various web-sites up to date – it is not always easy to do so – and hence – a fishing ‘trip’ was in order. We’ll be back to full attack mode in a few more days. Until then – join me at the river, won’t you?  Oh – and the piece posted below from March 2015 by Phil Power – is the PERFECT example of life’s analogies. ~ J.B.

I’m coming to a conclusion as I age: Mathematics, political behavior and plain common sense all demonstrate that extremes generally don’t accurately reflect long-term reality.

When you apply this notion to politics, it suggests that neither hard-right Tea Partiers nor flaming left liberals are likely to dominate our political system — or provide sensible answers. It’s the generally centrist “sanity caucus” that most times winds up calling the shots.

Nationally, we are apt to see people and candidates divide along these lines during next year’s presidential campaign. One example: As a rough generalization, right-wingers think people who fall behind in things like academic performance or income should be trying harder and doing better, and deserve punishment for not doing so. Those on the left generally think people on the bottom can’t be helped except by redistributing resources to them.

But centrists reason that the best way to help people and society as a whole is by investing in human capital — things like access to early childhood and university education — which increase individual opportunity for all… Continue reading

‘What I was meant to do’

Litchfield Park, Arizona Food Service director named Nutrition Hero

DAVID SCHWAKE, left, Food Services director for the Litchfield Elementary School District, checks on cabbage growth Feb. 7 with the help of kindergartners Kaylee Arthur and Colton Carter at Litchfield Elementary in Litchfield Park. Schwake has been with the district for 19 years and was recently recognized as a School Nutrition Hero. View photo by Jordan Christopher

When you imagine a hero, most likely capes and laser vision come to mind, but you probably don’t picture someone who feeds pupils in public schools.

David Schwake, Litchfield Elementary School District’s Food Service director since 1994, was named a 2017 School Nutrition Hero by the national nonprofit School Nutrition Foundation.

“I didn’t cry. I didn’t get real emotional, but my wife did,” Schwake said. “I was pleasantly shocked. I don’t think what I do is anything special; I just think I do what every food service director should do.”

Schwake was nominated by the school district and chosen by SNF for providing healthy menus and environments for pupils, volunteering at local organizations and food banks, creating effective school initiatives that teach children nutrition and helping the community at large. Continue reading

Congressman Seeks to Abolish Dept of Education with 1 Sentence Bill

The united States Constitution grants absolutely zero authority in the matter of education to the central government. Article ten of the Bill of Rights states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” So, why are so many conservatives cheering the confirmation of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the position of an unconstitutional department rather than being outraged that it continues almost 40 years after it was illegally created? Congressman Thomas Massie is taking it sitting down and has introduced legislation to abolish the unconstitutional department, and it only took one sentence to write it. Continue reading

Share if You Think Every School Should Have a Year-Round Organic Gardening Program!

For the body and the mind – THIS is growth!

A few years ago the children at our school grew, harvested and, ultimately, ate a giant, two-pound carrot.

Our organic gardening program at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod has come a long way since then. We now have a unheated Sunhouse and a program where middle school gardeners lead first through fifth graders as they learn to build soil, plant, transplant, tend, water and harvest food year round. Our harvests are transformed by our school chef into amazing meals served at lunch. Continue reading