Wed, 20 February 2008
First, Representative Lance Horbach with a smoking ban update. Scary and Hilarious. Senator Paul McKinley with a progress report on SF 3097...he concludes this isn't about raising the standards of Iowa's education system, but a power grab by educrats to kill off local control. Worse, the core of the core curriculum is rotten (constructivist).
And for something really different... last week I had a chance to visit the Jacobson Academy at George Washington Carver Elementary school in Des Moines. It is a co-operative effort amongst the school, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa and Judy Hintz from Educational Resources. It is a pilot program designed as an afternoon after school remedial program for academically distress kids. I was invited to a roundtable discussion of the evaluation of phase one....about 4 months into the program. Plus a sample of the actual classroom demonstration. Very cool. (Please excuse the poor camera work... I'm a radio guy, ok? with an el cheapo flip cam)