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In 2000, Charles Best, a teacher at a Bronx public high school, wanted his students to read Little House on the Prairie. As he was making photocopies of the one book he could procure, Charles thought about all the money he and his colleagues were spending on books, art supplies, and other materials. And he figured there were people out there who’d want to help — if they could see where their money was going. Charles sketched out a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. His colleagues posted the first 11 requests. Then it spread. Today, DonorsChoose.org is open to every public school in America.
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Marlene Cree says
Thank you for publishing this article on DonorsChoose.org. I hope that many of our Eastern Shore teachers will take advantage of the opportunity this fine organization offers to help their classrooms obtain supplies for projects they otherwise would not be able to afford. Just as an example, I know a local teacher who indicated that when she taught in another state, she and her co-teacher were able to equip their classroom with enough iPads to enable their students to undertake many creative assignments they would never have been able to otherwise. And I hope that many of the Mirror’s readers will be inspired to donate, even small amounts can help complete funding for a project.
Note: Thank you. It was your comment on another thread that led us to research this wonderful organization. Thanks again!
Tim Parks says
People naturally assume that the public school system is trying to do what’s best of the children. The fact of the matter is that these institutions have nothing to do with education. They are set up by people who, like all other people, have their own personal agendas. The public school’s true purpose is to put certain messages into the children’s heads so they’ll be more obedient of the government when they get older.
Consider the ‘grade’ system. You start off in first grade, where you’re placed not by academic ability, nor by willingness to learn, but by age. The reason for this is very simple. Most children already think of adults as if they’re their superiors, and now they’ll associate their position in the grade system with superiority. Obviously, that’s nonsense. A kid in the 5th grade may very well have less overall academic ability then a kid in the 2nd grade. Moreover, education isn’t something that can be ranked. The kind of education that tends to be more valuable later on in life is your specialization, not the sheer quantity of raw general knowledge.
Next, consider the way a classroom is structured. The teacher is in charge. The students are to listen to the teacher. This is most peculiar as well. After all, the teacher is a hired employee, who is in fact working for the students. If anything, the teacher should be listening to the concerns of the students, not the other way around. The reason the classroom setting is set up in this way is clear. The students learn at an early age to respect authority figures, so later on, they obey the government.
Mike Kuzma, Jr. says
This may seem at first like a good idea, but if we keep enabling public school systems to be profligate with the People’s money, aren’t we just ensuring that there will NEVER be a budget that can actually support the students, and NOT the administration?
An iPad is wonderful, but you cannot learn to code on it. It is an information access device, and we had them……….called libraries………or even a PC lab…….
And this: “Educators at non-profit, private, or parochial schools are not eligible, even if the private program partners or contracts with a local school district.”
So, those parents can pay both school taxes, property taxes but heaven forbid they ask to participate in this program. Seems that only PUBLIC schools are unable to handle their money.
And this program will only exacerbate that wastefulness, IMO.
Copy paste BS, Tim Parks, previously Jeff Johnson (http://www.capecharlesmirror.com/news/op-ed-school-board-is-aware-of-issues/), or Kathy Peterson (http://www.capecharlesmirror.com/news/does-northampton-overuse-suspension-as-a-disciplinary-tool/). Hey, Mirror, do something please about these copy pasters – the Mirror comes up repeatedly whenever I enter these sad and profoundly stupid refrains.
BS Author(s): I get it that, when seeking just the perfect right-wing doctrine to voice your displeasure with education, your choices of inspiration are limited, much like your ability to express original opinions. If only you had paid attention in class….
Tim Parks says
The words have the same meaning no matter who wrote them.
Save your Liberal Breathe to cool your soup.
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