Higher standards are an investment in kids’ future
News from The Tennessean:

Teaching would be easy if every child were cut from a cookie mold, a few stars, circles and squares that easily could be arranged into categories.

But almost every teacher anywhere will tell you it’s not that simple, especially with a generation sometimes raised on the Internet, video games and dozens of options competing for their attention.

In short, every student is different and education has to be different, too. Yet for many reasons including financial constraints, fear of change and tradition, our teaching practices are forced to fit into the same mold we’ve used for the past 100 years.

Three years ago, Mississippi rightfully began demanding more of its students, its teachers and its schools. The Columbus, Miss., School District already had its share of challenges — middle-class flight, declining enrollment and a student population where more than 85 percent of kids qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

But instead of obs…………… continues on The Tennessean

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