Tuesday, January 18, 2011


01.18.11, originally uploaded by colemama.

One ripe (or nearly so) papaya and many others in varying stages of growth. The latest cold snaps have not seemed to impact the fruit...though the more climate-sensitive leaves are browned and shriveled. The strength of some of our most tender plants to resist the unusually cold weather this season has been amazing.

Despite some of the barriers we often create for our students, they often show that same fortitude. Mere survival, though, is not (should not be) enough - our students deserve better. Reading an American Council on Education report today regarding statistics of GED completers between 16 and 19 years old and not surprised to learn that the majority were bored with school, didn't like school, had excessive absences from school. Often the GED completer is associated with lack of persistence - though true, one sometimes needs to look deeper into those environmental causes.

The study also noted that "It is remarkable that eight out of 10 candidates passed the GED Tests, which are developed with sufficient rigor that 40 percent of high school seniors would not pass them." (Young GED Examinees and Their Performance on the GED Tests, 2009, p. 33). That referenced 'rigor' surprised me and certainly gives more value to the credential. Hmmm...makes me think about the 'ripening' development of our students. Naples, FL


  1. Picture and reflection are definitely food for thought.

  2. Too bad the tests do not reflect the skills needed in this century and students have to put up with a lot of boredom.