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The politics of school reform

February 25, 2013

In some of the most important aspects of public school reform in West Virginia, baby steps may have to be the way we procee....

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Feb-28-13 8:29 AM

What a great column! The problem as I see it lies in the reality that too many parents are too involved in theirselves to help their kids. Today parents think they have the right to tell their child's teachers how to teach their children-and what to teach them. They need to work with the teachers and go along with their game plan. When school is out the job of parents is to reinforce everything the teacher has been doing-not argue with them and whine "That's not my job." Another problem is our community is overrun with SMOMs-AKA Single Moms On Meds who think the answer to their kids learning problems lies in drugs? These moms need to support the teachers, back off and follow their lesson plans, stop whining their days away on message boards and get some batteries!

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Feb-25-13 5:45 PM

Hey "MrAlex" maybe that's why 72,544 people in the state of West Virginia voted for a convicted felon serving time in a Federal Penitentiary in Taxes, for President of the United States of America. You know with all them inner cities kids we have that can't read! You think???

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Feb-25-13 8:34 AM

So do something.

I don't know exactly what. The ideal solution is that you, MrAlex, (& anyone reading this) get to know a family in an inner city, read to their young children, talk w/ their young children -- & most of them will sail through the reading requirement.

The logistics are too difficult. I myself can't afford to commute even to Parkersburg on a regular basis, much less someplace large enough to have an inner city. You'd have to be a Christian or something to do that.

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