No need for remedial college courses
As a response to a June 17th, 2012 “Speaking Out” column in the Gainesville Sun in favor of standardized testing, this article argues against the use, or overuse of testing used as the primary measure of student progress and the effectiveness of teachers and schools in Florida.
Welcome Back! Not much of a welcome
Inspired by a full page in the August 19th, 2012 Gainesville Sun, announcing the start of the 2012-13 school year with a “Welcome Back” that was nothing more than a list of rules and regulations that included sections on conduct, FCAT percentages, laws relating to public schools, Sarah’s McIntoshes, Welcome Back provides ideas for a more welcoming welcome.
The case against standardized testing
The passage of Florida’s SB1720 which allows a large portion of students to skip remedial classes brings in the question of why remedial courses have become an “unavoidable reality” according to an editorial in the June 16th Gainesville Sun. Responding to this editorial and a couple other pieces that also appeared in June 2013, this article asks why remedial courses are unavoidable and asserts that Florida educational policies have created this very avoidable situation.
Make Reading a Priority
Too much reading intrudes on students’ activities, and parents at one school complain about the kids having so much homework that the parents have to do it for them! The basic premise of this article is Tough S***. Let ’em read books!