**"Ideas regarding Educational reform per my talk (after class) with young teachers in Newark NJ MLK middle school this evening--
Main Variables/Factors effecting Education (per the young idealistic citizen teachers):
A. Parental involvement is the biggest variable differentiating high performing vs failing school districts in Newark NJ, with the same ethnic or social- economic background.
B. A strong Principal fostering an atmosphere of order, accountability, encouraging and watching teacher class development...and simple order among students (vs free for all chaos in MKL school, where I volunteer at night).
C. Experienced devoted and expert teachers, mixing excellent teaching skill, lesson plan development and classroom control....
This is the agreed opinion of the Citizens School (aka Teach for America, Peace Corps types) who run the 3pm to 6pm after school program under Boston University's "Citizen's School" program.Jay b.
Most impt factor is parental involvement, without that everything else fails. (jb disc with stud. Teachers tonight in worse perf school in usa,mlk skl newk nj)
4 hours ago ·Cynthia Hathway Avallone Martinez AMEN to my dear brother in teaching the hardest group... love from one in the same boat (Inner city, Low econ, low parental involvement). about 1/4 of my kids have prob officers already.4 hours ago ·