An endorsement for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Please, please, when the ballots come next month, vote for Erin Jones for Superintendent of Public Instruction. First there was the rumor that Erin is anti-gay, even though she took in two gay youth from her church. Anyone who takes in a child who is rejected by their parents is a shero to me. Now, she captureis being associated with Donald Trump, even though Erin is a progressive Democrat. I think it is pretty slimy for her opponent to compare Erin to Donald Trump. She is more like Bernie Sanders in that she is funding her campaign with small donations from a lot of people. According to SWWEducation “It appears that Mr. Reykdal has more large contributions from large companies and corporate entities – will they benefit from their support and if so how? It appears that Ms. Jones has far more small contributors Should any of this make a difference in who you vote for? That’s your call. I always try to understand what people who contribute to a campaign hope or expect to get out of it…follow the money.”

Improving instruction and curriculum will have the biggest impact on students’ futures. Instead of focusing on high school start times, we should talk about what schools are doing to student’s brains all day long. “Evidence has been mounting to suggest that too many secondary schools are “brain-hostile” at worst, and “brain-ignorant” at best in their use of outdated practices that fail to take advantage of the neuroplasticity of the adolescent brain. These practices might even be termed “brain-damaging” to the extent that they create stress, apathy, and resentment among students that negatively affect brain functioning. A large-scale national survey of middle and high school students revealed that more than half of all 10th grade students were bored in class and less than half enjoyed being at school, while another survey of 14- to 15-year-olds revealed that only 33 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys were seen by their parents to be actively engaged in school.”

Schools too often ignore how the brains of middle and high school students develop.

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