Closing school is regressive for Selma

Published 8:32pm Monday, February 21, 2011

The transition from elementary school to middle school can be a harrowing experience for some students. Moving from an elementary school to a middle school is experienced by more than 80 percent of public school students as they begin the middle grades.

The School of Discovery Genesis Center serves as a buffer in easing the stress and fears of potential middle school pupils. The sixth grade campus performs a vital role in the psychological, physical, and academic growth of pupils as they transition to middle school.

The School of Discovery is an effective school. The institution of learning has a clear school mission, high expectations for student success, instructional leadership, frequent monitoring of student progress, opportunity to learn and student time on task, safe and orderly environment, and good home – school relations.

Educators in other school districts marvel at the fact that the Selma City School System has a separate campus for sixth graders. The school is a master-minded project of educators and community leaders from a “progressive education era” in Selma.

The school’s teaching faculty exemplifies the characteristics of good teachers.

  • One of the most important attributes of a good teacher is to be a good communicator.
  • A good sense of humor is another great tool that helps a teacher to simplify his task.
  • A good teacher must have good time management skills and always value the importance of time.
  • A good teacher should always adopt a fair attitude, when it comes to making any form of evaluations.
  • A good teacher should have the necessary command over the subject matter he teaches.
  • A good teacher should be dedicated towards his work.
  • A good teacher should be meticulous and have an eye for details.
  • A good teacher should be a good leader and a good friend.

The school has an exceptionally well-educated staff. One hundred percent of highly qualified teachers are assigned to core classes. All paraprofessionals are 100 percent highly qualified. Sixty-two percent (62 percent) of the education professors have advanced

  • leo71

    Looks like you were correct,pop.Another good site is the state department of education.It’s very disturbing what’s going on with education in this country; the choke hold of the teacher’s unions,countries like Singapore leaving us in the dust in math & science,etc,etc.And here we are debating something as trivial as a separate sixth grade to ease the transition to junior high!It’s no wonder the Chinese & Indians are on the verge of taking over the world.

  • leo71

    But where’s the peer reviewed research to back you up Mr.Shirley?I’m one of those students that did sixth grade in elementary school before this “progressive” tinkering and though the transition to junior high was a bit stressful I and my classmates survived it and I think these students will too if SOD is closed.No one wants to see you or your teachers loose their jobs, but we’re living in extaordinary times and tough decisions have to be made.

    • POPDUKES12

      leo71: At every opportunity concerning life we always start at the bottom. College, career,high school, etc. I remember being in the 6th grade at Edgewood and how much we were looking forward to going to AGPH and having to change classes, having lockers, and dressing out for p.e. As you said, we all lived through it, and we didn’t have any air conditioning back then either. If we ever got out of line, there was a coach or the principal there with a paddle, or an upper classman to “aid and assist in a program of proper behavior”. popdukes12

      • leo71

        I understand what you’re saying,popdukes.going back to K-6 elementary school is not going to hurt these kids.It will be a transition no matter what and sometimes you have to let them go through them in order to grow.I think this is more about Mr.Shirley protecting his and his teachers jobs.I don’t want to see them loose them or see another empty building but this is just the way things are.


    The 2010 ARMT score for SOD was 59% in math compared to the state average of 77%, and 59% in reading compared to the state average of 86%. Selma public schools are paying $8,700/student each year and the SOD has 308 students. Now, tell us again about these “advanced” teachers. popdukes12

  • D-Man

    “Sixty-two percent (62 percent) of the education professors have advanced”

    stj, either there’s another page or that last sentence or paragraph didn’t get printed here.

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