Schools - What do we like? What do we not like? What works? What doesn’t?

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by Sam Corbett, WHAS11 Education Consultant

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 5:24 PM

With Summer 2013 past us, and the Labor Day Holiday weekend only a memory, all of our children and grandchildren are now back in school. It’s time for our kids, their teachers, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools to focus on making this the best and most fun academic year ever.

Maybe it’s also time for the grownups to really pay attention to what our schools are doing and how well they are working. We all know having successful schools is critical to our region’s success. Our elected leaders, the leadership of the business community and our religious leaders are reminding us on a daily basis. And they should!

WHAS 11 has always made education a priority in their coverage. However, as the television industry continues to change and has the opportunity to produce more hours of local news as well as additional ways to deliver the news, the station has made a decision to provide more in-depth coverage of the educational issue you have requested. WHAS 11 recognizes the increasing interest and has designed a new strategy to keep you fully informed.

Beginning this week, I will be working with WHAS 11 as their Education Consultant. My goal is to help you the reader or the viewer better understand how the public, private and parochial schools operate, why they do things they way they do and share with you what works and occasionally what does not work.

Who is Sam Corbett and why is he qualified to do this? As a parent, grandparent, business person, dedicated education advocate, former school board member and active volunteer, I’ve spent the last 25 years working in and around the local and state education systems. Although not a professional educator, I have a real understanding of the challenges our schools face. I also know what questions to ask, when to ask, and who to ask.

We’ll write about and report on various topics, including the new Common Core Standards (What are they?). Let’s explore what we’re asking our High

School graduates to do, in order to be College and/or Career Ready. Speaking of our High School students, Kentucky has mandated that you must stay in school until the age of 18, not 16. What does that mean to both the High Schools and the students in our region?

Part of my work as the new Education Consultant involves getting you involved in the process. Tell me what you want to know more about. What questions do you have about education? And please tell me about the incredible things you see happening in your child’s school.

Shoot me an email at schools@whas11.com.

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