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Level Issues (6-8) in Public Schools
Tween to Teen Years
If you've made it through elementary school
relatively unscathed, then hold onto your hats as your child enters middle
school. Not only is this a period of adjustment in terms of educational
expectations, but peer pressures begins to escalate, incidences of violence
become more common, sexual promiscuity becomes a hot topic and the list
literally goes on, and on, and on. Add on top of that the your child's
emerging sense of independence in addition to their pubescent hormonal changes
and you've got your hands full.
As parents we begin
to question whether or not it's appropriate for us to intervene our our
children's behalf, and our children become more vocal in their request for us
not to get involved. So we struggle with the dilemma of how much
responsibility should our children be allowed to shoulder on their own, and when
have things reached a point where it's time to step? There are no easy
answers, but despite a child's rate of development either academically, or
emotionally ... during the middle school years they are still in need of our
guidance, protection, and supervision.
As this section develops we will bring your more links to resources that are
specific to middle school issues both academically and developmentally, and we
welcome your request and suggestions for feature topics.
NCLB and Middle Schools:
Confronting the Challenges
NCLB immediately requires new teachers in middle schools
that are not within K–8 facilities to have a major or the
equivalent of a major in each subject they teach. Many of
the education programs offered by universities and colleges
today provide potential teachers with the equivalent of an
academic major. Veteran teachers must meet the same
requirements as new teachers or meet a uniform state
standard by the 2005–06 school year.
Given that the majority of middle schools are not part of
K–8 facilities, most of the nation’s middle school teachers
will have to meet the more stringent requirements. These
requirements could present a real challenge for school
districts as they try to recruit and retain middle school
Middle school teachers often teach multiple subjects, and
the guidance on NCLB teacher-quality standards require them
to be certified in each of those subjects. It will be
especially challenging for middle schools in high-poverty
districts and in very rural districts to recruit and retain
qualified teachers for all subject areas. (More)
Assessment and Evaluation
Teen Popularity - Are You Helping or Hurting Your Child
Well-meaning parents bent on improving their
child's social life can unwittingly sabotage it instead.
Take this quiz to see if you recognize when you are -- and
when you are not -- acting in your child's best interests.
If you are less helpful than you should be, you'll learn how
to become more of an asset.