The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, ready or not kids, your teachers are showing up in classrooms everywhere. It’s time to crack open the books, slip the surly bonds of summer, and head back to school.
What started as an accident at her preschool has led to multiple months of chemotherapy treatment for Gilbert 4-year-old Olivia Dodson, whose family has organized an event on Sept. 7 to raise funds for cancer treatment.
Sean Bowie published a letter on Aug. 20 (“Arizona must invest in education,” AFN) which made a plea to provide more money for Arizona education. What is missing in his plea is a discussion of how more funding will lead to a better education for our children. It seems to me that he falls into the trap for “education advocates” — that the relationship between money and education is so obvious that it needs no discussion. Money and education success are synonymous. Arizona is indeed at or near the bottom in education spending. So are other states that have good records in education. And I need not remind anyone of the school systems who lead the world in education spending — Newark, Washington, Chicago — are we trying to emulate them? However, completely contrary to Mr. Bowie’s assertion, average teacher salaries are NOT “among the lowest.” Arizona teachers, with an average salary of $50,000 per school year in 2013, ranked 30 out of 50 (NCES data). It’s also of concern to me how the money he proposes to spend on increasing those salaries of teachers will go to the hard-working teachers, as he recommends. My understanding is that all teachers, hardworking or not, would get those raises. Bowie also asserts that pre-school and smaller classes will inevitably improve education. These are truisms close to the heart of every member of the education system lobby and their desire for the opportunities that growth brings, but are controversial issues when data is examined.
While Summit School of Ahwatukee’s regular classes are already in session, registration is still open for its Toddler Discovery program for families who would like their children to begin their education at an early age.
It’s that time of year again when the kids are going back to school. Some students, who are on the year-round schedule, have already started. Others are going to start on Monday. From pre-school to college, students, parents and teachers are getting ready. But what about the rest of us?
It’s tough for Andrea Benkel to pinpoint her favorite part of her job as director of early childhood development at Summit School of Ahwatukee, so it’s surprising to hear that 10 years ago, it’s a job she never expected to have.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald