Thursday, July 02, 2009

If "Student Learning" Isn't The Goal ...


... Then tell us, what is?


Our district needs a new mission statement.

<~~~~ Vote on our choices
OR
Suggest something ...
... PLEASE!!!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Graduation what graduation

Anonymous said...

I like "Exceeding standards" because it includes both "student learning" and "graduation" ....hopefully.

Anonymous said...

In order to exceed standards we need to have standards. The standard should be that students graduate from high school in four years of education.
If our schools do not exist to educate our children and prepare them for the next phase of their lives (college, work, trade school,etc.) why do we spend $200 million a year?
A mission statement will not make our education system work. What we need is an expectation and a demand by the tax-payers of Greece that our education system perform. The expectation can only be made real by our willingness to replace the school board members when the schools fail to meet our expectations. If the board knew they were expected to deliver the policies that make the schools perform, then they might focus on making education happen.

SCATS said...

To 10:05PM ~~ I know a statement alone accomplishes little. However, doesn't a mission statement that says our goal is to exceed standards set an expectation for the BOE, administration, teachers, staff and students to aspire to?

Anonymous said...

Keeping Generations STUPID through UNION Power!

Anonymous said...

SCATS: I think 10:05 was suggesting that setting goals should be step one. Having 100% of students graduate would be a nice goal. Turning out socialized, well-rounded students who are equipped to become the leaders of the next generation would be another set of goals. A worthwhile mission statement would reflect how the district and BOE can help produce those goals.

SCATS said...

To 7:50AM ~~ I think the problem might be that capturing all of that in one statement requires the statement itself to become almost generic and thus, meaningless. Isn't that how "student learning is the goal" comes off sounding? It makes me wonder how anyone in the Baby Boom Generation or earlier ever graduated high school. They had no one expending time, energy and resources on such things as "Mission Statements" but managed to graduate most students in 4 years with some basic skills in hand.

Anonymous said...

Another good catch phrase "Lack of learning takes its toll."

Anonymous said...

"Our adminstration is out of control"

Anonymous said...

We need a vision. We need a mission statement. We need goals.

Anonymous said...

how about:

"Ok we suck, but at least we're not the town administration!"

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the venting. I agree we need to vent our anger because our educational system has not been what we as parents and taxpayers want for the students of Greece.

Since it is easier to react to a draft statement than create a new one from scratch, how about something to pick apart and re-craft?

The mission of the BOE is to create a a successful education for all students by providing schools that are safe, appropriately challenging to the students' ability, and prepare the graduate to pursue higher education or productive employment. The BOE will implement education, fiscal and social policies that are measured against these goals.

SCATS said...

To 5:27PM ~~ I offered "Exceeding standards is the goal." Feel free to pick it apart. It's at least as good as what we have now: "Student learning is the goal" ... if not better.

Anonymous said...

By exceeding standards, student learning will result in graduation after 4 years of high school with a solid, basic education in the core subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, science and history.

Anonymous said...

I guess some feel if we put some nice words on paper our problems will be over.
Sounds like something Walts or Phelan would do.
As one person said lets have a committe, problem fixed.
Haven't we had enough bs.
As that same person said without "accountability" we are goimg nowhere.

Anonymous said...

SCATS: my concern with "exceeding standards" is defining the standards. The last published report card for Greece (for academic year 2007-08) shows that we had an 82% graduation rate. The state standard is 55%. Do we hang up a "Mission Accomplished" banner or do we continue to work on the graduation rate until we are no longer 14th or 15th out of the 17 suburban districts in Monroe County? Maybe we need to "exceed expectations", if we could agree what we expect of our educational system.

Anonymous said...

"Pick a school, any school... and we'll get ya there!"

Anonymous said...

SCATS: Your post at 7:56 says it all-my school never had a mission statement and I graduated top 10 percent of my class. I am a teacher here in Greece (I know that means very little to you) and feel we need to go back to basics: why are we wasting time and resources on mission statements when we could be focusing on teaching students the fundamentals. A mission statement may be pretty, but the basics are what will get our kids graduating.

SCATS said...

To 10:46AM ~~ I can't quantify how much the fact that you teach in Greece means to me, since I don't know you :) It seems that we agree on something of major importance though ~~ the need to get back to basics. Our district is like a humongous onion these days. It's wrapped in so many layers of political correctness, feel good activities and other drivel that it's lost site of its original focus ~~ EDUCATION.

Anonymous said...

Generic is a good word for most of what GCSD does. We do generic poorly too. Our expectations are either nonexistent or set very low. We reap what we sow - mediocrity at best. We need to DO some things, instead of brainstorming all the time. We accomplish so little but with a huge expenditure of other resources while doing so.

Anonymous said...

Mediocrity - We Be wurkin hard to git their!
Greece Central Skewl District