I am posting links to two recent articles on issues related to education that I think will be of interest to my blog readers.
First, I'm posting a link to an article in last weekend's New York Times on the growing trend of public high schools adopting International Baccalaureate programs (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/education/03baccalaureate.html). This sounds like potentially a great fit for the overall mission of the Amherst Regional schools, given the focus on both integrated learning and global awareness.
Second, I'm posting a link to an article in today's Gazette on the advantages of delaying the start of the school day to give kids an extra 30 minutes to sleep (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g_9syxAbjOHUcaehGEA7WVQAVqjgD9GP4MT00). I think this is an idea that the Amherst schools should definitely consider -- I know the Northampton schools have considered it for a couple years, though I don't believe they've made such a change.
My Goal in Blogging
I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.