Thursday, May 25, 2006

An easy solution to a lot of problems

On a light note, today's classes were quite good.

In my college prep class, the students watched the news, and then filled out a demand survey regarding a Bed and Breakfast business model that one of my Econ Expo groups has created. We finished up some International Economics notes that included the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and the European Union. Finally, we are doing a short journal write while the students watch the China Rising Series from the Newshour. Today was the first journal write. The series is excellent, and the students are very interested in the new economic giant on the block. In my Intro class we watched the news, we filled out the survey, and then attacked the subject of Employee/Employer relations, and ended the day by discussing the different tactics used by management and labor unions.

All in all, a very productive day.

What I'm trying to do is not get totally frustrated with the massive hours of energy that are being spent dealing with students that have not been at school. It has become the overwhelming theme of my last weeks, and it shouldn't be. But Polski (at right) and some new teachers from other states have shown me a nice solution to the problem. Miss "x" number of days, for any reason, and you can't graduate high school. That sounds like an excellent idea.
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