180 days

Feb 18, 2010 Read more: Register-herald.com 11

West Virginia students must be properly educated and trained Last year about this time, area school superintendents were commenting on the high number of so-called snow days - days when school was canceled because of snow - and blaming it on an unusual winter.

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Just Me

Easton, MD

#1 Feb 27, 2010
I'm not for the 180 days. But you know what? It does not matter the number of days that there is school. It matters what happens during the school day. I have five children and all too many days they have come home only to say they have done nothing during the school day. I have a Senior in High School who says that the students know what topics to bring up in class because the teachers will waste all class time talking about nothing. I am in Preston County and Snow Days are a part of the school year. But if a teacher can not take the interest in making Snow Day Packets, what kind of teacher is he/she. A not very interested in our children's education and lazy teacher. So if we continue to have teachers who are not doing their jobs in our school system, then we could have 365 days of school and our children will be no more educated.
Lol

Beckley, WV

#2 Feb 27, 2010
That's a good point. I was in high school 3 years ago and I know exatly what your senior is talking about. Not every teacher I had was like that but several were. You can just get them on a subject and put your book away. I even got to grade my own senior project. I was asked what I thought I deserved and of course I said a 100%! Who wouldn't? That's what I got. I don't even think my teacher looked at it. I spent months on it and some did nothing and still got the grade they thought they deserved. I've never recieved a snow day packet and I went to school in Raleigh county. College will be a big wake up call for these kids. Even if there is snow or your intestines are coming out of your ass, you better turn your assignment in on time. There are no excuses.
observer

Beckley, WV

#3 Feb 27, 2010
And if we continue to have parents who won't send their kids, it doesn't matter how many days school is in session! My kids brought home snow packets this very week! Guess what? They finished them. If there is school on Monday, they will be there!! All of us: particularly parents,schools, teachers, school boards, and legislators need to do our part in the education of our kids.

I overheard 2 teachers talking on Wednesday. One said that less than 75% of her students attend on 2-hour delay days! We can't very well blame the teachers for that, can we?? I didn't have 2 kids to let the school system raise them and instill values and work ethic in them! That is MY job as a parent!

Since: May 08

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#4 Feb 27, 2010
observer wrote:
And if we continue to have parents who won't send their kids, it doesn't matter how many days school is in session! My kids brought home snow packets this very week! Guess what? They finished them. If there is school on Monday, they will be there!! All of us: particularly parents,schools, teachers, school boards, and legislators need to do our part in the education of our kids.
I overheard 2 teachers talking on Wednesday. One said that less than 75% of her students attend on 2-hour delay days! We can't very well blame the teachers for that, can we?? I didn't have 2 kids to let the school system raise them and instill values and work ethic in them! That is MY job as a parent!
Excellent point!.....There are always a few who want the state to DO everything for them...including raise their children...Those would be most happy in a communist state:)
observer

Beckley, WV

#5 Feb 27, 2010
Thank you, Shootist! As for the jackass who judges every one of my posts: exactly what did I say that was nuts or clueless? The fact that I think parents bear the responsibility to send their kids to school? Were you offended by the idea that a parent is supposed to raise the kids they give birth to? We have way too many sperm donors and receptacles who have sex, have kids, and then quit!
I'll bet if your government checks were at stake, your kids would attend school on a regular basis. I'll bet if you were paying for your healthcare, you wouldn't run to the ER or clinic for Dr.'s excuses, either. See, I work around the schools. I see what goes on! Remember, every time you point a finger, there are fingers pointing back at you!!
Ready to Go

United States

#6 Feb 27, 2010
Snow Day packets(i.e. busy work) is a dinosaur in our age of technology. Students could,if properly organized, receive some instruction via computer during snow days. I can hear the whining already about not having a computer at home. However, many parents have already spent much more than the cost of a computer on the latest video gaming consoles. I do know that several southern counties already run their summer school via computer.
Just Me

Easton, MD

#7 Feb 28, 2010
Lol --- You are right. There are some good teachers, some great ones. The best type of teachers is the hands-on, creative type. Not these textbook types. If you give a task to a creative individual knowing that it NEEDS to be completed, the task will be done RIGHT. Not make excuses - need more time (days).

observer --- You are also right. We can not blame the teaching staff for the students the do not show up. And you are probably right, if their state checks were at risk, their children would be at school.

Shootist --- Today, there are more than a FEW who wants the State to everything. I DON'T! The State doesn't always knows best. They forget about the individuals. Example - What works for my oldest no-way-on-earth will work for my youngest. The general rule of thumb doesn't always work.

Ready to Go --- Some may consider Snow Day Packets as busy work. What's the difference in doing the BUSY WORK at school than at home during a Snow Day? Have you seen the amount of work sheets our children do in school?

These are all great subjects - Staffing, Attendance, Technology. They come with their own problems which can add to the problem of educating our children. But is that the real problem we all (State included) are trying to solve.

Or is it simply, the NUMBER OF MISSED DAYS OF SCHOOL????

If that's it, why have we missed so many days? The snow? No, there are areas that have more snow and do not miss school. The road conditions?

???? Need more information????

Why are our roads so hard to keep opened? Where are all the equipment? Is it near the needed area? Or have we gotten the bright idea to do away with the local work station? If we bring up the question regarding the teachers not doing their jobs, what about the State Road Worker? Are all of them doing their jobs, or are some of them taking a nap on the roadsides? Is there the right amount of equipment compared to the size of the area? Have we put all of our interest into the State Seat that we have forgotten about the other areas (different types of areas) in this GREAT State?

I do not have the answers to these questions. Wouldn't be wiser to find these answers, BEFORE making such a major change to the school year? All of our winters are not like this one.

This is were common sense is needed.
Ready to Go

United States

#8 Feb 28, 2010
A lot of people believe that allowing counties to set the starting/ending dates of the school year is a knee jerk reaction to this winter. While that may be true to a certain degree, the legislature has considered this subject previously. Our state's diverse topography was certainly considered prior to this decision and was one of the main reasons for doing so.
While the number of instructional days doesn't guarantee success, neither will any one factor in such an inexact science such as education. Quality teachers,quality parents and quality students are all needed ingredients in the successful education of our students. As a former educator with 30 plus years experience, I must say we are lacking in all three areas.
truthbetold

Elkins, WV

#9 Feb 28, 2010
I think that it is very important for children to attend school - even though I will admit that for the most part I hated school. However, I was valedictorian of my high school class and have both a bachelor's and master's degree. All of my siblings have some sort of degree as well. We were raised by parents who encouraged us to do well in school but did not "go off the deep end" if we had a bad grade or anything. I think children should be allowed to be children. They have so much pressure on them and so many parents either don't have the education to help their children with homework or are so critical of them that this causes a severe dislike for school. Parents to have the responsibility of teaching their children in many areas. However, I believe school is where children should learn the subjects of math, english, science, etc. I don't believe that children should have hours and hours of homework each night. This again discourages children from pursuing an education. I respect teacher so much - it is a job I could never have the patience for. There have been many times that I have been to the school to read to the class or help with some projects. We also buy projects for the entire class to do at least a few times a year (elementary school obviously). Parents need to be involved in every aspect of their child's life. I think another thing - especially about this winter - is that we have to consider the safety of the children first and foremost. Their education means nothing if they are not alive to get it. Oh - and one other thing I never understood about school - how is it that someone with a 69.51 gets rounded up to a 70 and someone with a 69.49 gets rounded down to a 69. We are taking away from them. Maybe it is just me but I never understood that.

“......Country Girl......”

Since: Nov 08

Pine Grove, WV

#10 Mar 3, 2010
Just Me wrote:
I'm not for the 180 days. But you know what? It does not matter the number of days that there is school. It matters what happens during the school day. I have five children and all too many days they have come home only to say they have done nothing during the school day. I have a Senior in High School who says that the students know what topics to bring up in class because the teachers will waste all class time talking about nothing. I am in Preston County and Snow Days are a part of the school year. But if a teacher can not take the interest in making Snow Day Packets, what kind of teacher is he/she. A not very interested in our children's education and lazy teacher. So if we continue to have teachers who are not doing their jobs in our school system, then we could have 365 days of school and our children will be no more educated.
When I was in school (5 years ago) we knew all the tricks to stall class and get out of work. Any school, any kids will tell you this. Just like your kids know how to stall from doing chores or going to bed.
I agree with you fully that it is all about the teachers and how they teach, not how many days the students are actually there. I actually think the school year should be more flexible. Students get bored going day after day after day and tend to learn and retain less. I personally like the year round school plan that you go for 6 weeks then have a few weeks off, 6 more weeks of school, and so on.
ears

Santa Clara, CA

#11 Mar 3, 2010
The teachers could maybe use the internet to convey schoolwork on snow days. I am not in favor of extending the school year during the summer, or weekends. They have enough school the way it is.

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