Monday, January 30, 2012

Support Groups, Dropping Out & Boredom

(This article was first published as Students List Boredom as Reason for Dropping Out on Technorati.)

Students List Boredom as Reason for Dropping Out

Things lately have gotten so bad at school I even unfriended my yoga support group.

And, as if that isn't enough to engender a passel of bad karma, not only did I unfriend them--I felt pretty darn tootin' good about it. Yep, that pretty much sums up the kind of school year I’ve had so far.

I'm just tired. I'm not really sure when things went south, I'm just sure that they did, and I figure no amount of yoga musings can fix that. 

So I really am not in the mood for all these quick fixes people keep coming up with or reasons this study or that study gives to solve or point out flaws with our educational system.

For instance, recently there was an article in the Dallas Morning News about a study indicating students dropped out because they were bored.


I wonder how that would fly in my job… or your job… or any job… "Gee… Sorry, I don't want to do that because frankly I don't find that very interesting, exciting, thrilling…" Oh, let's just use the buzz word du jour… engaging.

Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise who currently serves as the president of a Washington, D.C. policy and advocacy organization was quoted in the article as saying, "The results from that survey are born out by national surveys. Those are the issues listed. One that seems to be listed often is that 'I'm bored.'"

I'm not really sure what to do with all of that. Don't get me wrong, the drop out rate is a national crisis with 1.2 million kiddos checking out of school every year, according to the Broad Foundation. The New York Times reported that we had slipped to No. 21 in high school completion and outlines the high cost of high school drop outs.
Obviously, we need to do something about the drop out rate. I'm all for making school relevant, but sometimes relevant isn't terribly exciting.
I suppose we could form a support group, but then I'd probably get bored and have to unfriend you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Numero Uno 2012 Edition of the Education Buzz--Life's a Carnival

Welcome to our first Education Buzz Carnival of the New Year. I initially resolved to have a clever New Year's Resolution Edition, but that resolution lastest about a nano-second because I was having trouble focusing and being witty–probably because of this whole weight loss thing. So let's just cut our losses (or the lack thereof) and call this edition the Numero Uno 2012 Education Buzz--Life's a Carnival and get cracking…

Let's do a little re-gifting with Nancy Flanagan's post. No, silly, not the present kind. She's talking about  "Re-Gifted: The Prickly Politics of the Academically Able over at Teacher in a Strange Land. She asks, "Are we cheating the gifted? Not any more than usual." 

Promise me you won't  become one of those Teachers You Don’t Want To Meet that Pat talks about over at Successful Teaching

Education guru Joanne Jacobs presents College dreamers meet reality giving us an update on what happened to those 59 fifth graders who were promised a college education back in 1988.

Jane Goodwin champions learning for those late risers over at Scheiss Weekly. while Tim over at Assorted Stuff shares how to be a better learner.

Oh and don't forget to check out my post on why we should all try out for Survivor.

If you missed science guru Steve Spangler's video about how to open a can of Pringles, prepare frozen food and celebrate Tebow touchdowns, you need to watch his video. (It's hilarious especially the ending.)

Funny About Money offers a solution for high education woes with his Modest Proposal while Mike the Gardener offers up how to combine vegetable gardening with science and math.   


Well that concludes our Numero Uno 2012 Edition of the Education Buzz–Life's a Carnival. Join us here again on Wednesday, Feb. 1 for our next edition of the Education Buzz. Please submit your posts no later than Sunday, Jan. 29 by 5 p.m. CDT. Use this handy dandy form for your submissions and please keep in mind our submission rules…
  1. No spam
  2. Must be education related
  3. Since the carnival may be organized around themes, not all submissions may run.
  4. Please remember to post and link back to the carnival.
If you would like to host a carnival, pah-leese let me know by emailing me at  Also, don't forget to let me know if you find any broken links or problems with this edition of the Ed Buzz. 

As always…
“I’ve got this feeling that there’s something that I missed…”
–Snow Patrol

And, if I did, my apologies.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fitness Challenge Update

For those of you keeping up with my "I'm-Frying-In-My-Own-Fat" Weight Loss Challenge, check out my latest post, Will Power and Outsourcing Self Control Key Factors in Keeping Diet Resolutions on Technorati.

To read it, you can click on the article name or the scale above, or you can go over to my fitness blog and read it there.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Survivor & the New Semester

(Editor's note: Don't forget the next Education Buzz: Life's A Carnival is scheduled to run Wednesday, January 18. Please turn in your submissions by Sunday, January 15 to be included. And, no you didn't miss the last one. Life just got in the way, and I wasn't able to pull it together in time. If you want to submit, use this handy, dandy form.)


This upcoming week poses some interesting challenges.

Interesting as in how will we survive an entire week back.

Interesting as in how to survive the fourth newspaper deadline.

Interesting as in how to survive yearbook.

It always comes down to survival, doesn't it. And if I were on that reality TV series Survivor, I wouldn't survive a nano-second.
The new season, Survivor One World begins Feb. 15 on CBS.

Or, perhaps maybe I would.

People like me (teachers/publications advisers) possess a certain skill set.

You know, skill sets like…
•Surviving in a room surrounded by teenagers
•Thriving under pressure
•Problem-solving with limited resources
•Team building in the face of insurmountable odds
•Meeting deadlines
•Flawless communication skills which, at this point, in our society means the ability to talk, like, in complete sentences, you know, without, you know, using "like" like a gajillion times or "you know."

Hey, sounds a lot like those "qualifications" for those reality show contestants.

Perhaps we should sign up.