Monday, January 4, 2016

                                                    IMPROVED TEST SCORES: 

A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of
music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas,
revealed that students in elementary schools with superior
music education programs scored around 22 percent higher
in English and 20 percent higher inmath scores on standardized
tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs,
regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or
school districts. Johnson comparesthe concentration that music
training requires to the focus needed to perform well on a
standardized test.

Aside from test score results, Johnson’s study highlights the
positive effects that a quality music education can have on a
young child’s success. Luehrisen explains this psychological
phenomenonin two sentences: “Schools that have rigorous
programs and high-quality music and arts teachers probably
have high-quality teachers in other areas. If you have an
environment where there are a lot of people doing creative,
smart, great things, joyful things, even people who aren’t doing
that have a tendency to go up and do better.”

Friday, June 5, 2015

The etymology of words and phrases is very interesting!

Sunday, November 2, 2014


This is an example of the Ford Institute training program. We put these up October 31st, the end result of members representing the community coming together with a finished practical beautification project for Crook County.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Teacher's Dilemma

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said: "Let me see if I've got this right:
  •       You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.
  •       You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self-esteem and personal pride.
  •       You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.
  •       You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.
  •      You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
  •       You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
  •     You want me to do all this, and then you tell me......I have to find time to TEACH?"  (Author unknown.)  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Keep Kids Safe License Plate hit the road October 15, 2012.  GET YOURS!