Some quick thoughts
(1) What makes a good teacher? Dedication? Content knowledge? Education? A little bit from column A and column B?
(2) Mr. Chips from the blog (http://teachersparadise.blogspot.com/)believes that new or even prospective teachers should spend their first year as a substitute teacher before they get hired on as a full-fledged teacher. (Though, not at the rate they pay them in Rapides Parish.) Having spent two years in the trenches, I agree with this in some cases. No amount of education courses can give you the real life experience of classroom management like being a sub can.
(3) For the English teachers out there: What schools of thought best allow for the development of students? Some believe in a straight prescriptionist program-unlike myself-while others utilize more proactive forms of composition theory such as cognitive based pedagogies or the decentered classroom (my personal favorite). Where do you fall?
(4) A news story from the Washington Post reports that students at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland are required to wear color-coded IDs. Colors range across the spectrum and are used to designate each person as part of the 11 groupings that encompass the school. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/17/AR2006101701478.html)
(5) What are we lacking in Rapides Parish that would help lift the educational system? What are out strengths?
(6) And lastly, What role does politics play in the internal affairs of the modern public school? Is this ultimately a good thing? How does it shape a good school and how does it affect a low performing school?