Monthly Archives: November 2011

Becoming Famous

… or infamous depending on your perspective.

BlaineParents.org has been linked to from another site: Grass roots math organizations listed by state, scroll down to Idaho.

This site has also posted a recent Mt. Express article: Blaine County School District violates its own policy; adopts Investigations math (11/11/2011)

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BCSD Hosts Parent Math Night with Dr. Jon Brendefur

School District Administrators have organized one of the promised Parent Math Nights.

From BlaineSchools.org: “The content of the evening will be focused on 4th and 5th grade math. All parents are welcome to attend.”   Continue reading

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A Concerned Parents View of the BCSD Math Textbook Adoption Process

by Dan Beste

(originally posted on sunvalleyonline.org)

Superintendent Barber and Curriculum Director Patricia McLean are correct when they state that the BCSD had gotten into the habit of not including non-district employees on curriculum or textbook committees in spite of the mandate from District Policy and Idaho Legal Code to do so. Dr. Barber stated that parents had not been included in such committees for quite some time and Patty McLean stated that she “must have forgotten” about this mandate when composing the math textbook committees. So basically, school district administrators haven’t been referring to district policy to inform their actions and decisions, which proves the point that community members and parents must be involved in district processes to provide a vital check upon the job performance of those who earn and spend our tax dollars.   Continue reading

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Mt. Express: District defends math program

Here is the Idaho Mountain Express’s story on the Math textbook debate at Tuesday’s School Board meeting:

District defends math program

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Creativity Not Confined to Art Class

The following excerpt is from The Creativity Crisis, by Bo Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Thanks to Michelle Sandoz for bring this well-researched, well-written article to my attention. I encourage everyone to read it in its entirety. -Ellen Mandeville

“Overwhelmed by curriculum standards, American teachers warn there’s no room in the day for a creativity class. Kids are fortunate if they get an art class once or twice a week. But to scientists, this is a non sequitur, borne out of what University of Georgia’s Mark Runco calls “art bias.” Continue reading

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