Better Scores Start With Teachers

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

Teachers...we've all had a favorite one and maybe one that we didn't like so much, and it's no secret that an instructor can make a world of difference in the way a student learns.

With students back for another year, and last year's sub-par test scores just a memory. Leaders of area schools want to make improvements to those exam scores, which they believe will start by getting rid of the lackadaisical attitude some teachers have.

"Some teachers think the kids can't learn because of their ethnicity, because of economics or learning disabilities. You've got to see that every child is gifted. If we believe in these kids they're going to believe in themselves," teaching expert Ron Clark says.

The Lansing school system encouraged their teachers to gather at Pattengill Middle School earlier today to listen to Clark, a man that is known as "America's educator." Clark tells the crowd that it's important to change teaching style, and low scores will change too.

"By being innovative and creative, and thinking outside of the box, kids get fired up about being in the classroom. The test scores are going to be where you want them to be," Clark says.

An idea that many don't understand according to Lansing teacher, Dawn VanZee.

"We're not a factory. We don't have raw materials. We can't say oh these people don't send the right things so we're going to go somewhere else. We take what we have and we help kids become all they can be," VanZee says.

And that's a thought that parents and teachers alike must understand,according to VanZee, because they are the building blocks of every student's educational life.

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  • by Daniel Henderson Location: Lansing on Aug 29, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    It is not to my surprise that the blame would be on teachers for children not getting the education that is deserved. The number one problem is not the teacher, it is the parents of these students who are lacking the discipline in setting the stage for learning in their children's lives. The second problem is the government regulating what children learn. Maybe we should start taking notes from educators in countries that rank the highest in test scores. And with the cut of teachers from the public school system doesn't help either. Want to know what the solution is? Stop the blame game and start being more involved in what your children do. You'll see, it will make the difference on how our children learn.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Aug 28, 2008 at 08:32 PM
    "Better Scores Start With Teachers" NO!! That is absolutely incorrect. Better scores start AT HOME with parents who take an active interest in what their kids are doing, and who work with them every day. Has anyone ever heard of a parent who said: "I don't have time to read to my son for 15 minutes per day"? I have. It's all too common, especially in the dead city called Lansing.
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