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    Tag: Horace L. Sheffield III

    Time To Lift That School Cap.

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 09:21:23 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Charter Schools, Clark Durant, Horace L. Sheffield III, MEA, NEA, Learning, SB618, Limits, Education (all tags)

    "Every child learns differently."

    This is the underlying message you will hear quite often from those who are a part of, or advocate charter schools.  The message simply stating that more choice means that more parents and children will have more options, and the opportunity to fully engage in the learning process. It means they will be better prepared, and have the best chance to succeed ultimately.

    The public schools as mandated currently, are a trap.  With a singular model (for the most part) that relies on the MEA and the NEA and union literature to determine educational materials, and streamline a single path of learning that robs children of their chances to succeed.

    And it doesn't have to be that way.

    As it was related to me by an operator of a school up here, the teachers in some of the charter schools are actually re-trained from the public school model, and provisioned with the ability to identify particular learning traits in the children.  Some kids respond to different types of education styles both positively and negatively.  As there is no doubt we all have different things that inspire us, it should be no surprise that learning can be enhanced by discovering that which holds the students attention longer.  New Options equal New Opportunities.

    For Michigan, there is hope with SB618. It is a bill which allows the creation and operation of new charter schools, and opens the doors to new cyber school possibilities.  It creates new options for both private and public education interests.

    Its a chance to move the bar upward, and offer the benefits of competitive advantage to our kids.

    And by golly even some on the lefty side of the fence get it.  (BELOW)

    (3 comments, 371 words in story) Full Story

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