Archive for January, 2013

Every school surrounded by a park

In 1911, Danish-born landscape architect Jens Jensen, who left a lasting imprint on the upper Midwest, wrote of the school playground, “It belongs to the school and should not be conducted as a separate institution. Each gains from an association with the other. The playground gives the school building a setting which it too often […]

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Brookfield parents work to bring musical back to middle school

The Elmbrook School District is known for its strong fine arts program. Even most middle school students have the opportunity to perform in a full-length Broadway musical. The musicals had been a beloved tradition for years at Wisconsin Hills Middle School But three years ago, due to budget concerns, school administrators had to make a […]

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Miner’s Milwaukee schools history book has lessons nationwide

You can read an endless parade of books about public education. There are surveys of history, books that focus on charters and on voucher programs, volumes devoted to the battles for desegregation and all kinds of books by pundits arguing this or that approach to funding, to curriculum and everything else. But if you want […]

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State-of-the-state takes us on a wild ride through the looking glass

State-of-the-state takes us on a wild ride through the looking glass

Have you ever felt that you fell through the looking glass hand-in-hand with Alice to a place where up is down, north is really south, and wrong is actually right? If you watched, heard, or read about been frustrating at best. Schools are expected to meet all the needs of our children that society and […]

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Great Schools rankings may challenge your notions of local choices

Great Schools rankings may challenge your notions of local choices

Last week, I spied a copy of the new Great Schools school finder which rates all the area public, charter and private schools to help parents make informed choices. The schools get a number rating, from 1 to 10, based on test scores, school climate and improvement. The rankings are also

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Budget surplus should help re-fund public schools

Tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Gov. Scott Walker will give his state of the state address speech for 2013. Certainly, he and I won’t agree when it comes to public schools. We might agree that the new report cards and the new cut scores will turn out to be a good thing for students across […]

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Is there a new McCarthyism afoot?

Is there a new McCarthyism afoot?

We all had a good laugh last week when Wisconsin State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) put out a press release asking, exasperatedly, “Why Must We Still Hear About Kwanzaa?” I am not sure exactly how it is that Grothman finds Kwanzaa to be such an unbearable burden that he has to drag himself to […]

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Inclusive education makes learning a two-way street

Inclusive education makes learning a two-way street

For orthopedic surgeon Sean Adelman – a father of three, including Dev, a high-school age daughter with Down syndrome – life lessons are not the exclusive province of the young. “As a dad, I have often been reminded of the poet William Wordsworth and his line, ‘The child is father of the man,’ ” says […]

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