The board responded to the U. S. Department of Education's report that most American students have little understanding of civics. The board, stressing the importance of citizenship knowledge and skills in a democracy, agreed unanimously to press for improvements in civic education.
The board approved plans to write to the Mister of Education in Washington to request more funds for civic education. The board will also lobby the federal assembly and contact state aldermen. The board then made plans to try to get the Supreme Court to pass some legislation and to ask the king to change the U. S. Constitution so that there is more money available for civic education.
The rest of the meeting was concerned with district personnel issues. The board approved the following personnel items:
Resigned: Ethel Crusteen, FRMS
Resigned to the Way Things Are: Ralph Lipton, FRHS; Cynthia Newberg, FRES
Sticking it Out for One More Year: Harlan Thorton, FRMS
Dragged Out Kicking and Screaming: Jan Arundahl, FRES
Hanging by a Thread: Mark Stewart, FRHS
Leave of Absence: Fran Grunwald, FRES
Absent Without Leave: Trudy Ramstad, FRHS
Won't Leave: Cheryl Powell, FRES
Unrequested Leave of Absence: Georgia Hamel, FRMS
Unrequested Presence: Hal Bjorkland, FRHS
Appointed: Maria Torres, FRMS
Disappointed: Grant Werner, FRES
Reassigned: Ann Newman, FRHS
Misassigned: Vic Zenmer, FRES
Non-renewed: Fred Denton, FRMS
Accidentally Renewed: Dennis Haskins, FRHS
Terminated: Clint Gorter, DIST
Committed: Sarah Terkel, FRMS
Out to Lunch: Yvette Rankin, FRES
I am very disappointed. How are we going to avoid learning if you all are not giving a hundred and ten percent? Let's go over our goals and tactics one more time.
When you are talking while the teacher is talking and the teacher asks you to be quiet, remember our goals. We want at least 50% of our class time to be off-task. So if the teacher tells you to be quiet, you don't just stop talking.
Remember, never take responsibility for your own behavior. Deflect. The proper response is, "Hey, I'm not the only one talking." That can be followed with, "Why are you always picking on me?" or "Why don't you say something to Rebecca? She's always talking." By the way, Rebecca, solid numbers this month. Keep up the good non-work.
If we just take responsibility and stop talking, we are sending the wrong message. Every redirection to get back on task must result in some kind of stalling argument or deflection. Don't forget, even a simple denial is worth at least two minutes.
Also, when the teacher tells the class to be quiet, I want to hear more across-class shushing. Phil, you start. Tell someone - anyone - across the room to be quiet. And what is the proper response, class? That's right, "You be quiet." And then Phil says, "No, you be quiet." And we go back and forth at least 34 times.
I also need to see more of you out of your seats. What, are we getting lazy? Would you rather be working? Everyone has to get up and about more. I want to see lots more pencil sharpening, window gazing, and wastebasket runs. There should be at least three of us up at any given time. And, please, remember not to return to your assigned seat. Sit somewhere else. Make the teacher work to maintain that seating chart order. And remember, if the teacher tells you to sit down in your assigned seat, what do you say? That's right, Marcus, "I'm not the only one out of my seat." Or, "Why are you always picking on me?" or "Why don't you say something to Rebecca? She's always out of her seat." Rebecca, you are our star.
Remember, deflect, deny, and never take responsibility for your own behavior. Except when it comes to working to keep us off-task. I'm looking at the numbers here, and I am expecting a lot more from some of you. It's time to step up to plate, folks.
Okay, get ready. Here she comes… Hey, I'm not the only one out of my seat…
How Do You Spend Your Time?If you added up all of the time spent on non-teaching activities, and separated the time spent on each into eight-hour days, you would find that over a thirty-year teaching career you would have spent:
- Five months telling students to get to work
- Fifty-six days telling students to sit down
- Eleven days waiting for a student to finish sharpening a pencil
- Five months taking attendance
- Almost two years sitting in meetings
- Eleven days waking sleeping students
- Twenty-two days rearranging the desks
- Nine days saying "no"
- A month passing out papers
- Three weeks collecting papers
- Four weeks listening to morning announcements
- Two weeks reminding students that the period is not over yet
- Two months redirecting inappropriate student behavior
- Six months reading memos, completing surveys, and doing other paperwork
- Twenty days writing hall passes
- Seven months wondering what happened to the students with the hall passes