Schools Experiment with Work From Home Days

Posted on 24. Feb, 2016 by in Blog

EdWeek.org posted the following article, http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/17/districts-experiment-with-virtual-work-from-home.html, about having students work from home.

The article discussed the pros and cons and even some of the technical issues experienced by Park Ridge, NJ when their 500+ students tried to log in.

As a home school organization, we at Resolute Academy have known for years the benefits of having students work from home, at their own pace, in a way that fits with their schedule.

Online education is here to stay.

Less Homework is More!!!

Posted on 27. May, 2011 by in Blog

Wednesday night, my 4th grade year…..

Like every night, 20 – 30 minutes of math homework.  Sometimes, there would be social studies or science.  However, Wednesday night was the toughest assignment of the week!  Take the 10-15 spelling words and turn them into a story.  There were times when it was really tough, especially when the words didn’t have any relationship at all.

Homework.  Homework!  No one likes homework.  And now it’s becoming policy.

According to a Reuters story on Yahoo, http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110527/us_nm/us_education_homework, “public schools in Galloway Township, New Jersey, this week proposed no more homework on weekends and holidays for their 3,500 students, and the Pleasanton Unified School District in northern California suggested drastic changes to homework policy for the 14,500-student district.”

In many school districts, instead of eliminating it, they have just reduce the weight of homework as a percentage of the course average, even to 10% or less.

The truth is, homework just isn’t that effective.  Students that naturally do the homework are compliant and not necessarily in need of the extra practice.  Students that might benefit from homework, do it less and less as they progress through the educational system.  Under the old system, students could have passing grades on tests and still fail the class because of poor homework scores.

Many times, teachers wouldn’t grade homework or just score it based on completion.  Neither practice improves learning.  It does measure compliance.

And there is the rub.  Minus 10, incorrect heading.  Minus 10, sloppiness.  Minus 5 for using the wrong paper, color ink or not indenting.  How much of that has to do with the learning?  Nothing.  Yet our hypothetical student’s grade is already at a 75 before “assessment of learning” even begins.

And what is a 75 anyway.  75 percent of what?  In this instance, it’s not about mastery.  It’s about following the rules.  And in too many cases, that’s what a grade reflects: the ability of the student to follow the rules of the teacher.  Mix a power crazed teacher with a defiant student and what do you get????  Yet another drop out.

Students today are more sophisticated… or maybe just less compliant.  In the attempt to teach critical thinking, students are starting to get it and ask, “Why am i doing this?  Why is this important?  Will I use this in my life?”  And all too often the answer returns, “You will need this in college” or “To get a good job.”

Sadly, as budget shortfalls in education are sweeping the country, teachers are learning a tough lesson that following the teacher’s rules has very little to do with financial success.

If you know of a student that has dropped out or can’t pass the state test, like TAKS, and is in need of a diploma, send them to https://resoluteacademy.com.

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What would happen if supermarkets were like public schools?

Posted on 05. May, 2011 by in Blog

This morning, Donald J. Boudreaux, a professor of economics at George Mason University, posted a blog posing the hypothetical comparison of education and government run grocery stores, in the Wall Street Journal.  Here is the link:

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748704436004576299571015982098-lMyQjAxMTAxMDAwNDEwNDQyWj.html#articleTabs%3Darticle

The piece is brilliant and the logic is good.  What if you could only shop in the grocery store that someone else told you to shop in?  What if they didn’t have the selection you desired?  What if you had a gluten allergy, yet this store didn’t carry any gluten free products?  Many parents find themselves dealing with just such situations, struggling with schools that are understaffed or unprepared to deal with issues such as autism and learning disabilities.  The problem is compounded by state mandated curriculum and testing.  The system is rigid, institutional and blind to chronic problems such as boring, irrelevant curriculum and student apathy.

So, your “assigned” grocery store doesn’t carry the types of food you need and desire, and you can’t go to another store, what do you do?  You grow your own.  It’s healthier, more fresh and it’s what you want.  That’s what home school parents do.  How does society and the institutions of education view that?  Instead of being lauded for taking intiative and responsibility for “growing their own”, institutions of education traditionally view this solution as substandard and question the motivations as if these people are undermining the system.  These are the same people that are blind to the epidemic drop out rate, which is often greater than 50% in decaying urban schools.

Do you remember the days before UPS and FedEx?  Mailing packages was slow and the often got lost or damaged.  Today, we have lots of choice.  We can use snail mail, email, video, text, including a host of national and regional package shippers.  Did the USPS go away?  No.  You can still buy a stamp and send a letter and have you noticed a decrease in service since the Post Office went private?  Just the opposite.  Now you can buy cards, shipping supplies and more.  That’s the power of the free market.

Back to the grocery and school analogy and childhood obesity.   Were you aware that public schools serve free lunch and breakfast?  That means, in a give year, 180 days out of the year,  students each 66% of their meals at schools.   So the biggest contributor of childhood obesity is….. the government.  Yet another example of a well meaning idea, creating unintended negative consequences.

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Your Top Job Options

Posted on 29. Apr, 2010 by in Blog

A great career starts with a plan of action! Start by deciding what interests you most and then start researching how to achieve your goal. Here are some options to get you thinking:

  1. Virtual Assistant (Median Earnings: $40 Per Hour)
  2. Gaming Manager (Median Salary: $62,820)
  3. Real Estate Broker (Median Salary: $58,720
  4. Salesperson (Median Salary: $58,710)
  5. Police Detective (Median Salary: $53,990)
  6. Ship Captain (Median Salary: $53,430)
  7. Writer (Median Salary: $48,640)
  8. Fish and Game Warden (Median Salary: $47,830)
  9. Web Designer (Median Salary: $43,059)
  10. Game Tester (Median Salary: $37,861)

Go to DiplomaGuide.com for resources that will help you decide if the career you have in mind is a good fit.

And remember, at Resolute Academy we focus on valuable, relevant life skills that will help you reach success. Employers are looking for more than just a degree. They want professionals who can make an impact. We can help you get the skills you need.

The Entrepreneur Economy

Posted on 29. Apr, 2010 by in Blog

Entrepreneur enthusiast Cameron Herold spoke recently at TEDx Edmonton’s conference on April 5, 2010. In “Raising Kids to Be Entrepreneurs” he points out that many kids are lost in the traditional education system:

We teach our kids to go after really good jobs.  The school system teaches them to go after things like being a doctor or being a lawyer . . . And the media says it’s cool if we could go out and be a model or a singer or a sports hero.

 Herold then admits that he has eighteen of nineteen signs of Attention Deficit Disorder and performed poorly in school. Neither a traditional nor media-inspired job worked for him.  However, he is now one of the country’s most respected business leaders.

How did he achieve such success? Herold points out that he comes from a family of business owners that encouraged him to try out-of-the-box ideas. To the youth in the audience, he says:

The world is changing and the creative and entrepreneur economy is here. It’s a new world where ideas, knowledge, creativity and entrepreneurship rule. Where community trumps geography, where small is the new big, and where innovation and entrepreneurial savviness is so much more valuable.

Currently, the traditional public school model does little to encourage self sufficiency and a can-do attitude. For this reason many parents and students today are looking for non-traditional educational sources, such as online classes.

To watch the speech in its entirety, visit YouTube:  Cameron Herold

For more on TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” visit www.TED.com.  Notable speakers at TED events include Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

MLA Citation

TEDxEdmonton – Cameron Herold . 13 March 2010. YouTube. Web. 27 April 2010.

Resolute: Firm, Steadfast, Unwavering

Posted on 10. Mar, 2010 by in Blog, News

The greatness of America was born in the hearts and dreams of individuals cherishing the one belief…. Hope in a better tomorrow.  The resolute commitment to this dream caused the Pilgrims to perish and persevere through that first brutal winter.  The founding fathers risked life and property in pursuit of this dream.  The pioneers crossing plain, desert and mountain, often under attack and sickness, treasured this belief.

These people embodied the American spirit, yearning for opportunity and possessing the courage to take action.

Like the founding fathers, many of today’s students have found the government, designed to protect their rights, oppressing them.  The oppression comes in the form of state testing.  By design, all students can never pass the state testing.  If all students passed, then the test would be viewed to be too easy.  As a result, a group of students, often struggling with testing, reading or even life circumstances, are branded as failures.

It is very common for people to be labeled when they don’t conform to the government standards.  Labels such as at-risk, under achieving and drop out, will someday echo in history with terms like slave, internee and numerous racial slurs.

When people are free, failure and setback are temporary.  Free people seek and find a way.  Disappointment is replaced with discovery, humiliation with hope, and loss with life.  The fire in every soul is to achieve their greatest good, to make a difference and prosper their progeny.

Resolute Academy was created to protect, light and kindle the burning desire in the hearts of students, to empower and launch, to exercise their God given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Such students, having been downtrodden, discouraged and defeated, possess the same meddle of spirit as the pilgrims, founding fathers, pioneers.  They are the giants, whose shoulders, tomorrow’s generation will stand.

"My dreams are finally coming true…" — Eduardo, 19

Posted on 06. Feb, 2010 by in Blog, Testimonials

Eduardo had completed all of his credits. He should have been a high school graduate, seeing his dreams achieved. What happened? Eduardo was like many students in that he had difficulty passing the state testing required in order to receive his high school diploma.

Resolute Academy was born to help students just like Eduardo.

Coby Cathey, an award winning educator and author, recognized the devastating effects of a system that failed to take into account test anxiety, unique life circumstances and the demoralizing toll caused by the “Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills”.

He created Resolute Academy to help students negatively impacted by state testing. Once students have completed all of their credits, they can be transferred to Resolute Academy and receive the proper recognition for the efforts of their educational career.

Eduardo said he would be nowhere without Resolute Academy’s help. “My dreams are finally coming true,” he said. “A year ago I thought I would never make it to college and would be stuck flipping burgers my whole life […] Resolute Academy changed my life.”

A diploma is well within your reach. Be proud. Stand tall. Make more money and achieve the success waiting for you, now!

Schooling in the Modern Age

Posted on 06. Feb, 2010 by in Blog, News

What’s the point of memorizing a list of names, dates, and facts if you’ve got ubiquitous access to Google? Why not spend your time learning how to use tools like the internet to your advantage, bypassing the rote memorization doldrums from ages past?

Resolute Academy stands firm on the belief that you should be taught things that are actually useful, not bombarded with some dowdy professor’s idea of what information you should simply memorize.