Don’t Forget: School Board Forum Tomorrow Night!
Do You Value Your Home?
A final reminder that the main school board candidate forum is tomorrow night: Tuesday, April 30th, from 7-9pm at the Macungie Institute on Route 100 (see map below). Doors open at 6:30pm. I would love to see the room packed with public education supporters! The non-partisan groups organizing the event– the East Penn Chamber […]
Schools Are Not Businesses
photo credit: JefferyTurner via photopin cc Many of you have already seen the article I wrote for the new publications Emmaus Life and Lower Macungie Life. The message of the article is simple: Our home values are closely tied to the quality of our schools. This may not be the most important reason to support […]
The Amazing Disappearing Report Card
Have you heard something like this before? “Schools are so inefficient. They are so poorly run,” the complaint goes. And then, “if only schools were run like private businesses, things would improve.” No! Public schools are not businesses. Nor should they be. And the model of private business is not appropriate for improving […]
Make Sure Your Voice is Heard!
As every parent in the East Penn School district knows, our schools no longer provide students or parents with paper report cards. Instead, parents are expected to know when each grading period has ended, and log on to a special website to see grades. This policy is more than just silly: it is actively […]
Why Librarians are More Important Today than Ever Before
The East Penn school board election will be largely determined by voting in the primaries on May 21st. And if you aren’t officially registered with the Republican or Democratic parties, you will not be allowed to vote in this important election. No matter what your political philosophy, please make sure you are officially registered as […]
Getting Rid of the Factory Model
photo credit: cindiann via photopin cc One of the ironies of the information revolution is that finding relevant and accurate information can be more difficult than ever before. We are in fact buried by news, blogs, Twitter feeds, and other internet content; magazines and newspapers and newsletters; 24-hour news channels in every time zone; and […]
Republican Meet the Candidate Night on Monday
A great editorial in The New York Times this past Friday points out how our antiquated model of education– based on factory production– is a major obstacle to improving public schools. Countries with the very best systems have adapted to the information revolution. They approach teaching as a profession, akin to medicine or law, […]
Lehigh Valley Residents Look at Schools First
The East Penn Republican Committee is hosting a school board candidate forum TOMORROW (Monday, April 15th), from 7pm to 9pm at the Wescosville Recreation Center, 5047 Hamilton Blvd. Doors open at 6:30pm. Please consider attending to learn more about all the candidates as well as show your support for public education in our community! […]
I am on the executive board of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC), which conducts social science research relevant to the local community. We recently completed a study of Lehigh Valley residents, asking them about what factors they consider most important when making housing choices. The result of over four dozen focus groups involving […]
Most of the food served in school cafeterias is abysmal. Students at LMMS, for example, are required to take a fruit for lunch each day, in the name of good nutrition. One of the options? Canned pears swimming in sugar syrup! And this example only scratches the surface. No wonder many kids […]