The Perfect School.

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Lately, I have been thinking what it would take to make a perfect school. Here is my list in no particular order.

Sure, I may have some kinks in my system, but it is a start.

* Air conditioning (it has been HOT!)
* The school day would start at 7:00 a.m. (everyone seems to get more accomplished before 11 o’clock in the morning than they do the rest of the day)
* Every student would be required to write a blog about their thoughts, goals, daily adventures and misadventures, etc.
* Yearly comprehensive physicals for all students and staff (preventive medicine is good)
* Students would be required to read 5 other blogs. Read, Read, Read.

* School uniforms (this includes staff members… I am tired of ironing dress shirts)
* No prep time for teachers, but they would have to be at school 2 hours longer than students… could be before or after school… or a combination
* 4 day school weeks (I am thinking the day should go from 7 to 5)
* Everyone reads… a lot (including all staff… certified and non certified)
* Extra pay for new ideas and innovation (teachers and students)

* Teachers and Administrators would be required to take 2 college or high school courses every year… forever (I am leaning towards sitting in on Art or Spanish)
* 1 hour each day of physical education (staff included)
* Free milk (saves me 30 cents a day)
* All students would have to watch at least 1 hour of CNN each day (we need to understand that there is a big world out there)
* Music in the classrooms, hallways, bathrooms… everywhere

* Recycling program
* Staff members would come from all economic, social, and racial backgrounds (but they would all be positive, upbeat, and funny)
* Lots of guest speakers (from inspirational to everyday people)
* All athletic contests would be held on weekends
* Technology… and lots of it

* A staff member whose sole job would be to help other staff members with technology
* Every classroom and office would have a pet (I am going with either a dog or a monkey… can’t decide)
* Students would have a voice in teacher and administrator evaluations
* Field trips to museums, colleges, inner city or the country (the opposite of where you live)
* Teachers could take sabbaticals and not have it affect their retirement

* Required classes in religion (all kinds) and foreign language (all kinds)
* Art and Music class every day
* Cooks would make freshly baked cookies every day
* All employees on 1 year contracts (a 1 year contract is a written guarantee that people will do their best)
* Free pencils (no more upset teachers if a student forgets to bring one to class)

* An end to a schedule of 45 minute classes (more time for reading… less for something else… haven’t figured this part out as of yet)
* Every student and teacher would be required to volunteer 5 hours a month
* Paperless office
* Students and Staff would have to help the janitors twice a year (and consequently would pick up after themselves)
* Mandatory speech and debate classes (has anyone NOT needed the ability to speak in public?)

* Laptops and wireless internet for everyone
* A variety of vocational classes
* All snow days must be announced in advance (sleeping in is cool)
* No study halls
* Retired teachers can come and go as they please (to help teach, tutor, and mentor)

* No lounge (staff eats in cafeteria with the students)
* Ban on students driving to school (bikes and buses only)
* No bells (they are annoying and colleges seem to survive without them)
* Only educational field trips (families, not schools, should go to Six Flags…)
* All students would have to participate on 2 athletic teams (preferably 1 where they are not good… there is a lot to be learned when you are not the best)

* Teachers would teach to the state test (seems to work for drivers education and med school)
* Every discipline situation would be addressed within 10 minutes
* Clean bathrooms (just because I am easily grossed out)
* Outdoor classrooms
* Students would have representation on the school board

* No yelling… by students or staff
* Every 5 years all staff members would have to work full-time at another job (we would all appreciate education that much more)
* Cumulative tests (life is cumulative, not short chapters)
* Free swim lessons (I have always regretted not learning to swim)
* Mandatory tutoring (older students teaching younger students)

* Volunteers in every classroom… every day
* Students would be allowed to drink water or eat fruit in class
* Dodgeball (no hitting in the face… principal gets first pick)
* No school on the first day of Spring when it is 80 degrees and sunny
* Free donuts every Friday morning

* Social hour for staff at the end of the week
* Corporal punishment would be allowed (but never used… the idea is the scary part)

A longer list than I first envisioned, but you need some extensive guidelines to have a perfect school.

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9 Responses to “The Perfect School.”

  1. Erica
    on Aug 29th, 2008
    @ 7:54 pm

    I would love to be the tech facilitator in your school! Where should I send my resume? Seriously,though, I would only add mandatory collaboration (students & staff). Kids need to know how to work together. It’s a life skill.

  2. ehoffman
    on Aug 29th, 2008
    @ 8:04 pm

    On-site, quality daycare for staff (incl. for sick kids!) to cut down on days absent!

    School-based health center with full-time RN

    Library that’s well-stocked and engaging

    Up-to-date science equipment

    And, last but not least, small class sizes!

  3. Lisa Parisi
    on Aug 30th, 2008
    @ 10:18 am

    Interesting list..some great (I, too, would love the tech position), others not so (adding time to the day does not ensure better education. Just gives more time for poor teaching.) As for dodgeball, I truly believe it is the most vicious game ever invented. Had a discussion with my husband about it recently and he said it was his favorite game in school. Must be a male thing. ;)

  4. Greg Bicknell
    on Aug 31st, 2008
    @ 8:44 pm

    I love the post. I will be linking it to my page, with your permission, so people can dream bigger!

    I would like a golden retriever in my office that will fetch anything I need… including the K student that runs!

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  8. Nicole
    on Jun 29th, 2013
    @ 3:01 pm

    This list seems to be more on the personal side and isn’t very practical. Though you may not me it to be. Teaching to the state standars is why American education is poor. It limits students and teachers from exploring more interesting and complex subjects as well as from digging deeper into more difficult topics. From my experience as a student in one of the nations top schools the classes that are the most beneficial are those that are small and have a curriculum that is both comprehensive and through. Courses that teach to the state standard often skip useful topics just because they aren’t on the test(it’s the same case in ap courses). To me the ideal school would teach students what they need for the next stage in life (ie cooking, people skills, money management, gov, nutrition, and basic medicine) instead of drilling the facts needed to pass the test at the end of the year. In my opinion the current school system puts to much emphasis on numbers and less on experience and quality of knowledge.

  9. Jonathan Dorosky
    on Dec 24th, 2015
    @ 11:04 am

    I truly appreciate your work, Great post.

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