People Are Talking

People Are Talking

People Are Talking

Quotes on education from across Kentucky
Kentucky School Advocate
April 2017
“At first I thought ... because I’ve done research papers before, ‘This is going to be totally easy.’ But then it became kind of like a vendetta for us. There was nothing online. We had no information at all, so then we came here and we got a little bit, then (the trail) would go cold. Then we would come back the next day and find more. We’ve been working on it for a month now and today is probably the best day because we finally found a picture of him, so we know what he looks like.” McLean County High School Senior Ashton Shadwick on gathering stories of World War II veterans’ experiences for a community history project. From the Calhoun McLean County News. Click here for full story
“Today’s incoming freshmen are faced with more choices at 14 than most of us faced at 18 or 21. The paths they choose, though not permanent, can have a profound effect on their lives. I tell them clearly that their decisions in the next few weeks can have very real consequences on their future work lives, on their future happiness, and on their ability to afford the things they want. The choices they make now truly can change their family tree.” Bullitt County Schools Superintendent Keith Davis on his message during an annual visit and talk with students in each of the district’s middle schools. From the Shepherdsville Pioneer News. Click here for full story
“It’s always been you get out based on how you got in. It’s important for us to give credit to a school that has worked very hard since 2010 to get out of this status. They did everything they were asked to do.” Kentucky Department of Education Associate Commissioner Kelly Foster on a committee’s recommendation that Valley High School (Jefferson County) have an accountability label of “priority” removed due to the school’s progress. From WDRB-TV of Louisville. Click here for full story

“We’ve been working really hard to make sure we have a continuous effort to judge where we are and where we need to be, as we move those goals to higher levels.” Frankfort Independent Board of Education Chairperson Becky Barnes endorsing the use of a “dashboard of classroom behavior” developed by district personnel working with University of Louisville researchers. From the Frankfort State JournalClick here for full story

“Here, you deal with things everyone has at one time or another. What if the heating and air goes out? What if your car suddenly doesn’t run? And here’s what’s really great about it … the kids are getting an idea of what their parents go through. ‘Why can’t I get this gadget or that gadget?’ This is where they get a taste of why. It is one of the best field trips they will ever take.”
Murray Independent Middle School teacher Tommy Shown summing up students’ reactions after completing a Reality Store experience. From the Murray Ledger & TimesClick here for full story

“I think it’s all about trying to create a level playing field. I think a lot of these parents … if 93 was the standard across the board and that’s what you had to have to get your scholarship, I think they would be voting for that, but because the standard at the college level is 90, I don’t understand why we would shut the door on a few kids … any kid.” Pikeville Independent Board of Education member Ashley Brown on a proposed move for the district from a 10-point grading scale to a seven-point yardstick. From the Pikeville Appalachian News-ExpressClick here for full story
“This pilot program is something that could potentially be implemented by any region with 16 or fewer teams. With consolidations, declining populations and job losses in many areas, we have to be open to new ideas and I am grateful this group of superintendents stepped forward with their request. This also has the added benefit of de-pressurizing discussions around district alignment due to the fact that all teams advance to regional play.” Kentucky High School Athletics Association Executive Director Julian Tackett on a one-region, 2017-18 school year pilot eliminating district tournaments in several sports. From the Falmouth Outlook. Click here for full story

“Overcrowded is not what we prefer. I’m sorry if it is emotional but we want to make sure that every student that we have received has the best learning environment they possibly can.” Jessamine County Schools Assistant Superintendent Val Gallutia responding to objections by some parents to an attendance zone change that would affect more than 100 students. From WKYT-TV of Lexington. Click here for full story

“It would be much less controversial to move 100 to 150 kids from Lebanon Middle School to St. Charles Middle. We could do that. But, that doesn’t address why we’re losing kids between fifth and 10th grade. How do we fix that? That’s what the school district is trying to solve. You have to find a hook for these kids. You have to find something for them. I think that the shift to the sixth/seventh, eighth/ninth and 10-12 centers and to smaller groups is an innovative approach to doing that. I’m not saying it’s perfect. But, no one else has shown me anything that’s any better.” Marion County Board of Education member Kaelin Reed during a forum on the proposal to reconfigure the grade levels in schools districtwide. From the Lebanon Enterprise. Click here for full story

“From a logistics standpoint on how to deliver education, that wouldn’t make sense. We can’t teach kids to weld out of a trailer.” Paducah Independent Schools Superintendent Donald Shively on one of the reasons why a facility to replace an existing area technology center couldn’t simply be built on the same site. From the Paducah Sun. Click here for full story

“Personalized learning involves students actively working with the teacher to design their learning goals. In personalized learning environments, students learn at their own pace in order to reach mastery and have a choice on how they wish to show evidence of mastery. The Career Academy will allow students to move through core classes at their own pace using a blended model of teacher instruction and technology. The model is designed to give students a larger block of time for deeper learning in the career of their interest, which will also utilize learning through internships.” Marshall County Schools Instructional Supervisor Abby Griffy on one aspect of the district’s expansion of the personalized learning concept. From the Benton Tribune-Courier. Click here for full story

“We’re not changing what we do, we’re changing how we do it. We’re equipping our kids with 21st century skills so that when they walk out of Fairview High School it will be with more than just a diploma.” Fairview Independent High School Principal Eric Hale on one effect of the district’s purchase of 240 Chromebook tablets for students in grades six through 12. From the Ashland The Independent. Click here for full story

“I’ve been asked by some people why black history is not a part of American history and you have a specific month to talk about it. Black History Month is not about taking blacks out of American history, but making sure African Americans are included in all of American history in all months.” Dr. John Hardin, a professor of African American Studies at Western Kentucky University, to Bardstown Independent students during a series of assemblies to mark the observance. From the Bardstown Kentucky Standard. Click here for full story

“We have a lot of work to do in education of African American students. I’m not sure it’s a crisis, but a condition because it’s been there so long. Too many of our students have to drop their culture at the door to fit in. They have to have this duality sometimes … which is not fair to any child. I don’t want to paint a picture of doom and gloom. A lot of our kids are very successful, but not all are sharing in the promise.”
Eastern Kentucky University professor and education consultant Roger Cleveland in a Black History Month address in Winchester encouraging greater engagement in K-12 schools. From the Winchester Sun. Click here for full story
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