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Supporting Education With Comments

Posted by Schevus on February 18, 2009

I feel that education is the cornerstone for significantly improving St. Louis and the nation, so I did not want to move on from it quite yet. With smarter, better prepared youth coming out of our schools there is no limit to the advancements and progression we might see. Because of this importance, I wanted to offer an easy tangible way for you and I to support the education system. Thus the Supporting Education With Comments event.

What I would like you to do is leave a comment sharing a positive or negative experience you have had with a school, teacher, student, or the education system. If it is a negative experience, what might be done to improve the situation? If it is positive, what might make it better still?

For every unique comment that fits this criteria, I will donate $1 to the Active Minds Institute and $1 to the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation up to $50 total (25 comments with the possibility of extension if we reach that number). Comments will be accepted until 11:59 PM central time 31 March.

I look forward to hearing your experiences!

Update:

In light of only receiving one comment submission, I have donated $10 to each charity. Thank you Nessie!

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2 Responses to “Supporting Education With Comments”

  1. isnessie said

    Hey Schev, I’m not from your country but thought I’d participate anyway, cause I agree with your views on the importance of education. Hmm… a personal experience… Here’s a positive one: I had a biology teacher in high-school who used to shake things up a bit every now and again by doing stuff outside the syllabus or above and beyond what was required. For example, he created a pond in the school garden where we could go ‘field study’ the things we were learning in class. He would also encourage us to prepare for in-class debates on all sorts of important topics. It really put the spark in the classroom cause we weren’t ‘just learning biology’ all the time, but actually making connections between the stuff we were learning about – like the human body – and then talking about illnesses, abortion etc. It got heated but it really opened up our eyes to a bigger world. I wish my other teachers would have been that forward thinking. It’s some of my best memories of school, cause he treated us like co-adults, and not just faceless kids behind desks.

  2. Schevus said

    Thanks for sharing Nessie. It’s nice to get a perspective from other parts of the world. We Americans often get wrapped up in our little bubble and don’t really have a good idea what’s going on elsewhere.

    He does indeed sound like an exceptional teacher. I certainly did not have any that were that impressive!

    – Schev

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