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Military musings

It has been a long time since I was in the military myself, and even longer since I was a “military brat,” a child of someone in the military. But, from time to time, I reconnect. This week was one … Continue reading

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Education in MI

Possibly one of the all-time greatest ironies in Michigan education arose recently, to wit: Gov. Rick Snyder announced a new state office last week to coordinate Michigan programs related to early childhood education, six years after Gov. Jennifer Granholm created … Continue reading

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The world of ‘digital education’

… it’s different in the schools [superintendent Mark] Edwards runs in Mooresville, N.C. Three years ago, the district began giving laptops to every student and teacher from high school down to fourth grade, some 5,000 computers in all. While computers … Continue reading

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What can E.R. learn from Finland?

Columnist (from-Finn-stock) Rick Haglund today asks what America and Michigan can learn from Finland,. So I thought I would ask about Elk Rapids. Forbes described the Finns’ formula for success: “Excellent education, universal health care, plentiful personal freedoms, trusted government, … Continue reading

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Should smart phones be allowed in the classroom?

Interesting discussion in the news A majority of teenagers carry with them everywhere smart phones and laptops, devices capable of being useful educational tools – yet many schools prevent them from using them.  MLive This debate is only the latest … Continue reading

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Superintendent on budget cuts

Regarding the proposed MI budget cuts to education, I asked Superintendent Steve Prissel to comment: The impact would be great to ER Schools. However, our approach at this point is to take this issue one step at a time. This … Continue reading

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New evaluation available of schools ‘return on investment’

The Center for American Progress has just published an interactive map that displays its data on Return on Investment (ROI) for each school district in the nation. Here is a snapshot of the information on Elk Rapids Public Schools.  Interactive … Continue reading

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