Starting to Make Sense

The meetings held last week at LHS are beginning to make sense.  An article in today’s Daily News Journal really got it down to the nitty gritty about why the meetings were scheduled and the content within them.  The principal held them to try to motivate students and to brainstorm about what they could do together to help them learn and improve their test scores.

“I met with (students) to tell them their test scores and challenge them and encourage them, and then everything just went nuts,” Daniels told The Daily News Journal in an interview Saturday morning. “We had such a dynamite meeting. Even kids were coming in making suggestions on how we can improve our scores. Everyone else wanted to turn it into racial wars. It was nuts.”

I do believe that kids must sometimes be challenged “outside the box” creatively and with enthusiasm to be motivated.  I remember the best teachers in high school were those who had me riveted through either their words or teaching methods. If this method to motivate is successful, then I’m all for it. 

Interestingly, some of my daughters friends who do extremely well in school and who are of the races brought in for the assembly were most upset.  I don’t know what to say except that I am proud of any student who works hard to keep up good grades.  And I hope all students realize these high school years shape who they become as adults – take advantage of it, learn everything you can, and see what you can do about going to college.


2 Responses

  1. I agree with the principle and his moves to work with the studens. It seems that when something goes wrong or someone states an opinion then the word racism or racist comes about. I myself feel as much as you all feel that this word is used way to freely now. It gets thrown out there alot. remember freedom of speech? I expect some to come back when some negitive stuff to say to me and I am not going to fight with any of you because its the holiday season…god bless you!!

  2. Unfortunately, racism is a part of LHS. The principal is all about racism and discrimination. He sued the RCS system over allegations that discrimination kept him from getting a principal position. Why do you think he was put at LHS, it was always the stepchild school in the district, and the timing was perfect with Dr. Stauffer leaving? My oldest child attended LHS when Dr. Stauffer was the principal and, boy, things were good at LHS then. But as soon as Daniels came in, LHS went completely down hill. For those of you who just now have children coming into LHS, you do not know anything but the status quo and that may be okay for you, but for those of us who have children who have already graduated and others who soon will, we cannot wait for the day that we have nothing more to do with LHS.

    I want to know when the Caucasian students get their meeting to inform them that they have done a great job with their test scores and grades.

    And, by the way, my oldest child is in college and informs me that LHS did nothing to prepare the students for college. After four years of constantly being told what to do or always having to ask permission to do things in high school, students get to college and are unable to think for themselves. They have trouble with time management, get funny looks when they ask if they can leave the class to use the restroom, or have little to no study skills. You may laugh or think this sounds funny, but wait because it will inevitably happen to your student. It is not always about being academically prepared for college, but also mentally and emotionally prepared. Call me crazy, but I will bet this plays a part in the failure of freshman to retain their college funding.

    And for those of you who think that your student having a high GPA will give them the edge in receiving scholarship money for college, let me tell you a secret; college scholarships are all about the ACT and SAT scores. The higher that score, the more money you get, bottom line. And there is a definite gap between LHS GPAs and LHS ACT/SAT scores. For example, a student can graduate as a Valedictorian or Salutatorian with a 4.0 GPA, but at some TN colleges cannot get the Val/Sal scholarship without a minimum 23 ACT score. You say to yourself, well if the student has a 4.0 GPA they should be able to score at least a 23 on the ACT. You would think, but guess what; it really happened that a Val could only score a 22 ACT. LHS let this student down big time. My youngest child has friends, who are scoring 15, 18, and 19 on their ACT, this is not even enough to qualify for the lottery scholarship. But their GPAs are 3.5 and higher. Here is novel idea, how about the teachers, and administrators spend less time telling students that they are preparing them for college, and more time actually preparing them. And if you are curious, my student graduated LHS with a 3.9 GPA, 26 ACT, and feels they were still not prepared for college.

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