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Final week of the 2001 Campaign   |   K-12 Schools and the Strib's Agenda   |   Reply to Dennis Shapiro   |   Mr. Robson's Defense of Dennis Schapiro   |   Do We Need to Fix the Schools, or the Kids, Parents & Communities of Color   |   Re: [Mpls] Re: K-12 Schools - Response to C. Shreves   |   Drill and Kill   |   Questions for C Shreves   |   Is Phonics Instruction Necessary?

Final week of the 2001 Campaign
Fall 2001 Postings to the Minneapolis Issues List

Evelyn Eubanks // Minneapolis School Board (Endorsement and contact information).
On Tuesday, November 6, 2001 vote for Evelyn Eubanks.
Also see Magic Bus // by Beth Hawkins, the feature story in the 17 May 2000 issue of City Pages.

K-12 Schools and the Strib's Agenda // by Doug Mann
4 November 2001. A Critique of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's coverage of the Minneapolis school board race.

Reply to Dennis Shapiro // by Doug Mann
5 November 2001  Dennis Shapiro is a candidate for school board endorsed by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Mr Robson's Defense of Dennis Schapiro // by Doug Mann

Should We Fix the Schools, or the Kids, Parents, & Communities of Color?
by Doug Mann   31 October 2001. Why do so many working class kids fail to thrive in the Minneapolis Public Schools?  How can the Minneapolis Public Schools claim to be making "progress?"  The stated goal of the district's neighborhood school plan is to close the academic achievement gap between black and white students.  However, the gap is getting wider.  Doug Mann argues that most of the academic achievement gap can be eliminated by overhauling the schools.  

Re: [Mpls] Re: K-12 Schools - Response to C Shreves // by Doug Mann
1 November 2001  A response to contentions by Catherine Shreves that Mr. Mann's e-mails and web site contain serious "misstatements and inaccuracies about the Minneapolis Public Schools." Catherine Shreves is chairperson of the Minneapolis Board of Education.  

Drill and Kill  // by Doug Mann
2 November 2001.  The continuation of a discussion about MPS reading curriculum, with someone who is not a member of, or candidate for, the school board.  Issues addressed: Phonics versus look-say.  How are phonics embedded in the MPS English curriculum?  MPS math curriculum.  The progressive movement and alternatives to learning by rote memorization.  The distinction between "skill and drill" and "drill and kill."    

Questions for C Shreves // by Doug Mann
3 November 2001

Is Phonics Instruction Necessary? // by Doug Mann
4 November 2001