New school philosophy good, old school philosophy bad

Atlanta, GEORGIA (TWP)

 At Peter Washington Elementary, Principal George Dotson wants to change the school philosophy so that it is a good one instead of a bad one. His plan includes having all teachers read the book Working School Wonders: A Philosophy That Works and use it as a basis for a good philosophy and throw out their bad philosophy.

“Times are changing,” Dotson said. “We have to change with them, throw out the bad and incorporate the new and get down to the business of teaching these kids with the best tools we have, not the bad ones.”

In recent years, Peter Washington Elementary has seen its state standardized test scores fall, and it may one day be put on a plan of improvement if they do not improve. But Dotson said that test scores were not his driving concern.

“We need to see some good behavior and discipline from these kids. We are failing at correcting their bad behavior and bad manners, but we are supposed to be educating the whole child, and we can’t do that with our old bad philosophy. That’s why we need the new good one,” said Dotson.

“Reading a book is not going to change the demographics of this school population,” librarian Candace Underwood said. “Nor is taking on some different philosophy going to change the outdated schedule, the lack of planning or thinking time that both teachers and students have, and the inadequate technology.”

“Good is good, and bad is bad,” said Dotson, “And we need to make sure we stick with the good, even if that means changing our philosophy so that we are truly getting rid of the bad in order to make room for the good.”

When asked about the particular philosophy of the book, written by Remington Strump, Dotson replied, “It’s about initiative and self-reliance, and without those two good qualities, things can only be bad.”

Strump, Dotson’s brother-in-law, could not be reached for comment, as he was on a book tour in Australia.

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12 responses to “New school philosophy good, old school philosophy bad

  1. Roxy

    “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that is my religion.” –Abe Lincoln

  2. agentorangefai

    Coming from a recent high school-to-college convert: this sounds like something my old school would do.

    Here’s an idea: revamp the curriculum. Set concrete standards for history and language arts. Focus on critical thinking rather than cramming formula after formula down our throats in math. Throw this “intelligent design” nonsense out of science – it gets no mention in college bio courses – and instead focus on teaching environmental responsibility. Evolve foreign language classes so that they intertwine actually learning the language in question with solidifying students’ grasp of the English language, and make it a required 4-year course instead of an optional “college track” 2-year course (as it’s done in my state). Advocate a stronger personal fitness program that doesn’t cater to the junk food companies that “sponsor” many schools.

    Too far to the left? Suck it up!

  3. teach

    No, Unions are not bad. I belonged to one when I taught in LA,CA and every teacher I taught with was great and we didn’t have to put up with a bunch of this crap,some but not as much. We never recieved tenure. NEVER, but we didn’t really need it if we were good teachers, because the Union didn’t let administrators and others pick on us or guilt us. I loved it! Then, I began teaching in Tennessee. Horrible. I can’t even begin to tell you how many good teachers I have seen fired just because of gossip or the principal didn’t like them after their 4th year when they got tenure. In TN, we don’t have a Union; we have an association and can’t strike. I now teach in a very pleasant school district except we don’t even have enough teachers that belong to the association to make have any bargaining power. This year, we had to startpaying for our own insurance at $800 per month. So why don’t you and the rest of America get your facts straight about unions and tenure, including Oprah! I’ve been teaching for 22 years and absolutely love it, but don’t agree with all the ignorant untruths about education. Educate yourself! I happen to be a great teacher,voted teacher of the year 2 different years and I just know. I’ve seen bad teachers and I don’t know why they’re not fired, but believe me, it has nothing to do with tenure.
    Thanks for letting me vent,
    Teach

  4. Fluxion Fred

    It’s always better when things are good than when they’re bad.

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  6. duke1959

    Part of the problem with new ways of looking at things is the issue of tenure. Regardless of how good or bad a teacher is.

  7. In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue.

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