Teacher, Vol. 09, Issue 01
School & District Management State of Contentment
Entering Hoover Elementary School in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is like stepping back in time: back to before the Vietnam War, the Kennedy assassination--back 30 or 40 years. The school is spick-and-span, on a street lined with maple trees and pleasant houses with lamps in picture windows. The children, virtually all of them white, wear clean, tucked-in shirts, say thank you and no thank you, and don't talk during class. Teachers tend to stand in front of the room giving instructions in short, swift declarative sentences. They never have to yell; their plain Midwestern voices have natural carry. The students sit at their neat desks transcribing the teachers' parsed words. They pretty much do what they're told with little fuss. When a teacher glares at a girl chewing gum, the girl simply folds it into a wad of paper, drops it into the wastebasket, and resumes taking notes.
Student Well-Being Opinion Character Education
Lately, it seems, schools are suffering a new plague--one of our own making. Administrators, eager to spur values instruction, are showering teachers with questionnaires. What formal training have you had in values education? Do you belong to organizations that propagate values?