Saturday, December 10, 2005

12 Days of a Hoosier Christmas

From the Indy Star Editorial Board comes the 12 Days of a Hoosier Christmas.
Covers the major issues of Indiana's 2005 year

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Indiana gets an A for Science Standards

At a recent meeting in Indianapolis, State Superintendent for Public Instruction, Dr. SueEllen Reed, was overviewing Indiana's academic progress. Governor Mitch Daniels replied that the LA Dodgers had improved too, but they play in a weak division.

Indiana was recently one of 6 states in the US given an "A" rating for it's Science standards.

I was trying to figure out which weak division that is...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Indiana Caption Contest

We have a growing group of national readers who might not pick up on the statewide Indiana issues. But for you Indiana folks- put on your thinking caps. E-mail The Super Blogger (link is on the sidebar) your favorite Mitch sayings. We will pick the best ones and run them. Or you can go to the website and select your own and e-mail the graphic. It's meant to be good clean fun.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Congress to consider new sanctions for failing schools under NCLB?

The Supers' Blog has discovered that new sanctions are being proposed for failing schools under NCLB.

Margaret Misspellings, the federal spokesperson for NCLB, stated,"We believe that this proposal is the next logical step for America's public schools. We serve students breakfast lunch and dinner and some are still hungry. We provide after school programs for latch-key students and counseling services and nursing services for the sick and confused . We provide physical activities and extra curriculars and they still can't get 100% to hit federal weight goals. We teach them abstinence, and they still have sex. We teach them to use protection and some still get pregnant. We teach them to drive cars and they still have accidents. We teach them to cook a basic meal with the food groups and they still go to McDonalds and order the large combo with extra fries. We try to teach them how to get along with each other and how to handle a conflict without hurting each other and some still scrap and squabble."

She sighed, "We just don't go far enough. So we are proposing legislation that would require all school board members and school employees to legally adopt all children who fail to meet proficiency on their state exams."

She continued, "Of course we wouldn't consider 100% to be a reasonable standard in most circumstances of life, but Language and Math are different. We finally have come to the conclusion failing schools who fall short of perfection might as well be required to adopt them."

Starting in 2010, all failing schools will be required to implement a lottery-based system that requires every failing student to be legally adopted by school employees.

Misspellings added, "At least the new parents will receive a federal voucher to send their failing children to a different school."

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Are we educating them or raising them?

The Washington Post ponders the huge agenda handed to public schools today. Before school programs, lunch programs, after school latch-key programs, counseling services, nursing services and the list goes on and on.

Some say it is a grand plan hatched by the liberal left but the Washington Post says, "It's more a grand hodgepodge, created by those on the left, the right and in between."