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Jerry P. Becker

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School Year Resolutions
Posted: Dec 23, 1998 9:04 PM
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[Note: From Freedom to Learn Network Newsletter, December, 1998,
Volume VI, No. 3, p. 1]

Hickok's School Year Resolutions

In September 1998, Eugene Hickok, Pennsylvania State Secretary of
Education, offered a list of things WE (members of the Freedom to Learn
network) should resolve to do this year:

1. Visit a school once a month to see our tax dollars at work.

2. Expect more from students, teachers, and ourselves.

3. Teach our children to value knowledge and self-discipline.

4. Promote civility, discipline, and good manners in the classroom.

5. Turn off the TV and engage in meaningful dialogue with our children.

6. Recognize that our future sits in our classrooms today. "Education is
the people's business in a
democracy. Let us resolve to go about that business better."

The following are OUR suggestions as to what Mr. Hickok should resolve to do:

1. Visit all types of schools once a month.

2. Expect more support for education from our representatives in
Harrisburg, and tell them why.*

3. Have each legislator spend a day or more with a classroom teacher in a
school of their choice.

4. Model civility, discipline, and good manners everywhere, and expect it
in return.

5. Work to provide safe places for children to spend after-school hours
productively, and with

6. Recognize that if our future sits in today's classrooms, then we should
invest our budget surplus
in our most deprived classrooms, striving for parity in resources to

* The share of state support to schools is still dropping.

For information, contact: Freedom To Learn Network, 2020 Downflake Lane,
Suite 301A, Allentown, PA 18103; Phone/Fax:610-797-7333; E-mail:

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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