PUBLIC EDUCATION: WHAT OREGONIANS ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted on: November 23rd, 2012 by dhm-research

On Wednesday, DHM Research Founder and Principal Adam Davis continued the conversation on the Chalkboard Project’s blog site. An excellent article, and even more we’re proud to partner with our friends at the CP, adding to the conversation and working to make our education system the ideal model it should and can be. Read Adam’s snippet below, and then read the full post here:

Last time we looked at six issues for K-12 advocates to consider in preparing to do battle in Salem during the 2013 legislative session. This time let’s consider six sneaker issues related to public education. Like sneaker waves that are large and unexpected, these issues might rise up without warning and swamp discussions between educators and Oregonians. They are important to know about, because how advocates address them may impact their credibility with people whose support is important in other areas, like improving educator quality and securing more funding.

Too much homework. Many parents feel their children—especially K-8—are being given too much homework, to the point of negatively impacting family dynamics and jeopardizing their children’s health. Parents also get inconsistent messages about the quality and quantity of homework from administrators and teachers. Some believe there is no empirical evidence showing that homework plays an important role in a child’s academic success, and they feel it is a poor substitute for more time in the classroom with teachers and fellow students.

Internet communications. Parents want to be able to use the internet to communicate with their child’s teachers, for everything from arranging conferences to discussing classroom issues to obtaining progress reports. We hear complaints that teachers don’t have the latest technology or training to use it to communicate with parents…

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