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August 19, 2013

Reflections on the Educational Process

Once again it appears that the Texas Educational Agency has thrown the baby out with the bathwater.  This seems to happen every few years when a new PhD is added to their staff, al, in their opinions, for the sake of providing the children of Texas with a better education.  And in my opinion and only my opinion, once again, they are severely injuring the education of Texas’ children.

The new watermark for Texas education will be three-fold: test scores, graduation rates and college entrance exams. Graduation rates have some validity, I think.

However, while it would be nice, I suppose, if all our kids went to college, it’s not very likely, and, frankly, not necessary.  So why would entrance exams be a necessary guideline?  Don’t we want to have mechanics (auto and otherwise), secretaries, cooks and chefs, hair dressers, massage therapists, heavy equipment operators, farmers, electricians, bus and truck drivers, plumbers, and so forth?  Don’t we need them any more?  And if we do, why do they need to have a college diploma?  There are trade schools for those necessary jobs.  Often they pay more than one would receive with a college diploma, so, I think college entrance exams are useless as a monitor of achievement for everyone.

Now, quite a few years back the whole education system was changed with “No Child Left Behind.”  This program insisted, and still does insist, that we are all the same, with the same abilities, talents, thought processes.  Baloney!!

Gee, I wish I could paint like Rembrandt or play cello like Yo-Yo Ma.  But we are not the same.  I can write and I do a little art, but I can’t sing or play music.  I love to cook, but I am no Bobby Flay!  I don’t know anything about a car except whether it goes or not, and I don’t want to know about it.  I rely on someone else who has those abilities.  

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    April 7, 2014

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    March 24, 2014

  • Reflections on the Woman's Club of Mineral Wells

    Ok, ok, I know some of you fellows were rather amused by my column a while back - the one telling you not to read. Well, while this column is about women, I hope you will read it and be encouraged by it to assist in the preservation of one of the few grand old ladies left in our town.

    March 16, 2014

  • Reflections About Town

    While, as many of you know, I have been pretty skeptical about the revitalization of the Baker Hotel, I do believe it looks pretty good for its going forward.

    March 3, 2014

  • Reflections on Devotionals

    A couple of weeks ago I told you about my blogger friend, Annie Jefferies, who visited us, with her husband, Don, on their way to mission work in Missouri where they are now assisting in a tiny community.

    February 17, 2014

  • Reflections on I Love You!

    How hard is it for you to say those three little words – I love you?

    February 3, 2014

  • Reflections on Blogging and Friends

    How many of you blog? I was asked the other day how many people here in Mineral Wells blog, and I really didn't know the answer to that.

    January 27, 2014

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    Someone who is recently retired said to me, “I am so busy. I just don’t understand. We are retired, and we’re working harder now than we ever did before.”

    January 20, 2014

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