A Nation At Risk

Forty years ago, in 1983, the following highlights from the presidential report “A Nation at Risk” inspired Joan to pursue a career in teaching.

If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves… We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament."

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“…if a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects whatever was and never will be.” ~ Thomas Jefferson 1824

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Time Tested Methods that Makes a Difference...


Beginning in 2010 Common Core standards cursive instruction was omitted. Beyond the connection to the past… “Many studies have shown that

learning cursive not only improves retention and comprehension, it engages the brain on a deep level as students learn to join letters in a continuous flow,”

Cindy Long further states,

“It also enhances fine motor dexterity and gives children a better idea of how words work in combination.”

“If its not in the hand, not in the mind.” - Bev Boss

NJ LAWMAKER WANTS SCHOOLS TO GO BACK TO TEACHING CURSIVE HANDWRITING One of the things to be dropped from New Jersey classroom requirements under common Core standards nearly a decade ago was cursive writing. Now, a state Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, D-Hudson, has proposed adding cursive writing by the end of third grade. There also is research that suggests cursive writing is a piece of the puzzle when it comes to helping students strengthen fine motor skills and lesson retention. A 2010 study of elementary school students by a University of Washington psychology professor found that printing, cursive writing and using a keyboard each use related but different brain functions. 

A separate study done at Middlesex University in London suggests cursive writing can help bolster students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.

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The Arts

The Arts increase academic performance and tap into the subliminal creativity of the mind.

Students have higher GPAs,

standardized test scores and

lower dropout rates.www.artsfoundationfw.org


Understanding the Learning Process and the

Creative “Ah-ha” Spark

leads to the development of an “I CAN” mindset that motivates students to become

Life Long Learners.