Larger Classes, Older Textbooks -- Just What Educators Want?

There are 10 comments on the Mar 1, 2010, Oklahoma Impact Team story titled Larger Classes, Older Textbooks -- Just What Educators Want?. In it, Oklahoma Impact Team reports that:

Oklahoma school districts will face severe challenges in the coming months as administrators try to figure out how to stretch what is certain to be a diminished state formula allocation for FY 2011.

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agreeing mom

Ponca City, OK

#42 Mar 12, 2010
Im here and your not wrote:
I wonder if its time for the parents to step up and take responsiblity for their offspring? If a kid needs individual tutering then the parents need to do it. Stop pushing your responsibility off on teachers and the government just because you like to bump uglys and dont know how to stop having kids.
I totally resent this comment I tried helping my kid paid for his tutoring and only have one kid so I am not bumping uglies and don't know how to stop having kids you are an idiot with no reasoning behind your statement.
agreeing mom

Ponca City, OK

#43 Mar 12, 2010
friend wrote:
Yes, homeschool your kids as long as you feel comfortable. Just about anyone can homeschool from pre-school up through 5th or 6th grade, depending on his or her own educational background. Some people are able to homeschool all through high school, but that definitely takes a lot more work and preparation. If you have elementary school age kids -- definitely go for it.<quoted text>
having a kid who fell through the cracks of the public school system I strongly advise to home school. Our school system isn't worth the money we spend on it. If you keep your kid in public school they will have to stay in school till they are 21 or drop out save grace now pull your kid.
GIVE ME a BREAK

Edmond, OK

#44 Mar 13, 2010
Governor Henry was given $105 million dollars of sstimulus money to spend as he wants. He spent $15 million dollars on a program call Early Childroom Development in TULSA for 3 & 4 year olds. I have not heard what he has done with the rest of the money. Just thought you all would like to know this fact.
agreeing mom

Ponca City, OK

#45 Mar 13, 2010
GIVE ME a BREAK wrote:
Governor Henry was given $105 million dollars of sstimulus money to spend as he wants. He spent $15 million dollars on a program call Early Childroom Development in TULSA for 3 & 4 year olds. I have not heard what he has done with the rest of the money. Just thought you all would like to know this fact.
thats not going to help the high school kids who are falling through the cracks. It does no good to educate a 3 yr old if they are only going to fall throught the cracks in high school.
GIVE ME a BREAK

Edmond, OK

#46 Mar 13, 2010
agreeing mom wrote:
<quoted text>thats not going to help the high school kids who are falling through the cracks. It does no good to educate a 3 yr old if they are only going to fall throught the cracks in high school.
I agree completely. What good is this program if grades k-12 are getting funding cuts?
GIVE ME a BREAK

Edmond, OK

#47 Mar 13, 2010
agreeing mom wrote:
<quoted text>thats not going to help the high school kids who are falling through the cracks. It does no good to educate a 3 yr old if they are only going to fall throught the cracks in high school.
Why just the Tulsa area? What about the rest of Oklahoma kids?
teacher

Edmond, OK

#48 Mar 29, 2010
As an educator for more than 30 years, here are some things I see. The only reason we ever need new textbooks is because of the abuse they receive from the students. In actuality, most of the information in a text doesn't change... 2+2 is, and always was 4! The only thing that really changes is History and some science. But, most schools teach more history... which doesn't change, and the science is usually concepts which also doesn't change. I teach English... nouns are still nouns, verbs are verbs, etc. Keeping the texts for another few years isn[t going to change what/how I teach. Now, for the few idiots who think we don't need the smartboards and other high-tech "toys". We have to keep the kids interest up. Pencil/paper really doesn't cut it any more. Not to mention, as a person mentioned, I now get some great ideas, and new ways to approach a topic through the internet, which I can just pull up on the computer and show on the smartboard. This also saves a lot of paper which in turn costs money. In case you haven't figured it out... I would rather keep my old texts and save a job!
David

Tulsa, OK

#49 Mar 30, 2010
teacher wrote:
The only thing that really changes is History and some science. But, most schools teach more history... which doesn't change...
History itself does not change. What changes is the removal of facts from those history books. If a Christian had any part of history, they will likely not be mentioned in the public school books. Who Hitler *really* was and what he did is not taught in any school book. What happened in OKC 14 years ago is not in those history books. Too much cleansing going on by those that have an agenda.
mike

Ada, OK

#50 Mar 30, 2010
Lets Bash OKLAHOMA EDUCATION SOME MORE, COME ON.
You guys think the private sector is great? Arrow trucking, enron, big banks. Lets get real!!! Times are hard and the legislature has cut the private sectors taxes so all goverment agencies are stuggling. If you want success you have to pay for it and we certainly are not.
teacher

Edmond, OK

#51 Mar 30, 2010
If you watched the coverage last night about the OKC bombing and not being taught... first, it is finding it's way into the text books... Second, in the early years after the bombing, it was fresh and kids knew about it.... Third, it takes at least 6 - 8 years for the publishers to rewrite the texts as schools adopt them on a rotating basis... Finally, the bombing itself is not "Tested"... and with all that has to be covered so your child will pass the state mandated test, then this is not a topic that there is much time to dwell on. Now, most teachers I work with do talk about the bombing and we have taken our 8th graders to OKC to go through the memorial. The past two years, we have not been able to go because of the economy. My point was, however, that in reality, I don't need a new book to teach. I use all sorts of material which I find, either on the internet, from our current texts, or I make my own hand-outs and materials. You've read that teacher spend hundreds (or more) dollars out of their own pocket each year to supplement their curriculum... I not only buy supplies for my students, I buy other materials as well.(BTW - I'm a single mom, working two jobs and paying for both my own children's college...)

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