Snohomish School District

Snohomish Schools

Last updated October 24, 2002

This page is dedicated to the improvement of public education, and to the teaching of the knowledge necessary for our children to understand, reason, and function intelligently for the futures of themselves, their families, and their communities.

This page is also dedicated to our teachers, who, in spite of all the resistance of administrators and central planners, continue to teach our children the academics that made this the greatest country of the world in our time. I further wish to acknowledge that it is the teachers who are taking the blame for the declines in learning, whereas the actual responsibility for those declines rests upon those same administrators and central planners.

Learn:---To gain knowledge of; to acquire knowledge or ideas of something before unknown. We learn the use of letters, the meaning of words and the principles of science. We learn things by instruction, by study, and by experience and observation. It is much easier to learn what is right, than to unlearn what is wrong. To acquire skill in any thing; to gain by practice a faculty of performing ; as, to learn to play on a flute or an organ. To teach; to communicate the knowledge of something before unknown. American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828.

Learning.---1. knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field or scholarly application. 2. the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill. 3. Psychol. the modification of behavior through practice, training, or experience. Random House Webster's College Dictionaryy, 1990.

"In our dreams, we have limitless resources and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions fade from our minds, and unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their childen into philosophers or men of learning, or of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, editors, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we have an ample supply. The task we set task before ourselves is a very simple as well as a very beautiful one, to train these people as we find them to a perfectly ideal life just where they are. So we will organize our children and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way, in the homes, in the shops, and on the farm." Occasional Letter No.1, The General Education Board, 1903, organized by J.D. Rockefeller, with Fred T. Gates, and Andrew Carnegie as a trustee. [emphasis added]

Future Problem Solvers, are they really, or is this more "training"? Updated 6/24/98

One of the prime resources for the history of OBE is Diana Fessler, a member of the Ohio State Board of Education, who researched and put together a 68 page Report on the Work Toward National Standards, Assessments and Certificates. This report is available from Diana Fessler in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.

"The NCEE/Commission made recommendations to the NCEE board for the creation of five interlocking systems. The remainder of this report is divided into chapters that correspond to NCEE’s five systems.  I refer to these systems, collectively, as The System:

· A system to certify student readiness to enter the workforce
· A system of Youth Centers for those not certified labor ready
· A  system of occupational certificates
· A system of finance for education and workforce training, and
· A system of labor market boards to pull it all together. "

  • Bushwhacking Johnny~ by B.K. Eakman    "Technically, cognitive dissonance is 'a stressful mental or emotional reaction caused by trying to reconcile two opposing, inconsistent, or conflicting beliefs held simultaneously.' In  practice, it is a form of mental coercion. (I ought to know: I sat  through enough workshops as a prospective educator and practicing teacher. We learned how to disrupt logic, how to make  it difficult for the uninitiated to sustain a train of thought.)"
  • The Maple River Education Coalition PAC  Link
  • A discussionn by two moms from other districts......

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