BULLHEAD CITY — Some parents complained to the Colorado River Union High School District Board on Monday about their children coming home and having to complete yet another homework assignment — albeit over the weekend.

Asking students to do an assignment explaining why, for example, physical education is relevant to them was described by parent Rusty Dubois as appearing to be “busy work.”  

“Is this important?” he asked.

The idea is to ensure that learning continues when students aren’t in school. CRUHSD Supt. Todd Flora gave a presentation to staff last week about wanting to increase the amount of time CRUHSD students spend learning.

Flora explained that students spend less than 13.7% of their time in school. And not all of that time is spent learning because that percentage includes activities such as lunch and walking from classroom to classroom. 

“(Students) need to begin making connections to what they are learning in the classroom to the real world each week during the three days they are not in school to augment the four that they are,” Flora wrote as part of his welcome message to students, staff and parents that can be seen on the Colorado River Schools website: www.crsk12.org.

Flora has asked every teacher to have students explain how what they are learning in class applies to them in  life. They will have the weekend to complete the assignment.

Flora’s online statement focuses on the assignment to be completed in written form, though he said during the meeting it could be delivered verbally or even in a more creative way. 

Devoting two hours a week to this assignment would provide them with much more learning time: 20.7%, Flora noted.

He also asked that parents, other family members and co-workers ask CRUHSD students they come in contact with to explain what they are learning and “how they are applying these concepts outside of school.”  

“My hope is that this larger conversation resonates throughout the entire community. I’m looking for an educational buzz!!!” Flora also wrote. “It is my hope that in 2020 we make the entire community an educational classroom that is always open 24/7.”

Board member Richard Cardone said he believed that Flora should have consulted the board first and allowed them to vote on it.

“We didn’t have any time to talk about this,” Cardone said.

Cardone based his assertion on the statement prefacing Arizona Revised Statutes related to curriculum adoption that “all new programs and courses of study will be subject to board approval.”  

However, others on the board disagreed with that viewpoint. 

“That policy speaks to changing curriculum” said board member Lori Crampton. “I don’t see that it needs board approval.”

The rigor and relevence concept is considered a framework but is being implemented as an assignment for students. 

In other business, the CRUHSD Board:

  • Named Kerry Burgess as this year’s CRUHSD board president, succeeding board member Lori Crampton, who served as president last year.
  • Approved hiring a part-time summer intern coordinator for the career and education internship program. It’s an eight-week assignment for four hours each week. 
  • Took no action on intergovernmental agreements between CRUHSD and Bullhead City Elementary School District for this school year. The proposals from the BCESD likely wouldn’t go into effect until the school year was almost over. Work on such agreements for next school year will begin soon by Flora and BCESD Supt. Carolyn Stewart.
  • Approved community use agreement and rules on posting of advertisements during third-party events at Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse. Specifically, that ads that aren’t allowed when students are at the Fieldhouse must be in place only immediately before and removed immediately after non-educational events.

(4) comments

majorsurprise

Is it no wonder our children aren't learning while in school when you have a silly parent objecting to a homework assignment? Maybe the teacher observed that their student's writing ability needs improvement. Could be many reasons. Second guessing the teacher by a parent will result in student attitude changing to my "mommy will run my teacher's classroom". To the parent, I suggest this, leave the teaching to professionals and support them. Your kiddo will learn more by doing the assignment than having you whine. Free advise. One little homework assignment over the weekend won't crush your darling child.

JoshuaTooley

Is it no wonder our children aren't learning while in school when you have a silly parent objecting to a homework assignment?

It is not a single assignment; it is ever weekend of the school year, for every class. If you read, the parent was concerned that the assignments were being used as "busy work."

Maybe the teacher observed that their student's writing ability needs improvement.

I surely hope the physical education teacher (as in the article) has better things to teach then grading another teacher's subject.

Could be many reasons.

Yes, like CRUHSD Supt. Flora adding extra work through the implementation of the C.A.R.E program to the teacher’s not just the students.

Second guessing the teacher by a parent will result in student attitude changing to my "mommy will run my teacher's classroom".

No one is second guessing the teachers, many of them have a loaded class schedule already.

To the parent, I suggest this, leave the teaching to professionals and support them.

If you are not aware, not all the teachers have their teaching degrees or are seasoned and are still in need of other classroom support, not a bigger workload.

Your kiddo will learn more by doing the assignment than having you whine.

Of the parents that spoke, not one disagreed with homework.

Free advise. One little homework assignment over the weekend won't crush your darling child.

This just speaks down to the "child." You do not know how dedicated some of these young men and woman are. They enroll in R.O.T.C, Band, Choir, and many are in sports and other after school activities. They give of themselves on the weekend to fulfill obligations to school, community and self.

jpt329

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain. Let’s not lose sight of what the reporter is really saying and why all parents should be concerned. A superintendent, an administrator who is three or more layers removed from the classroom and ages removed from the teenage child, wants to impose on the teacher - the person who meets the student each day - the requirement that she or he not focus her charge on the beauty of what they are learning but on an assignment to artificially connect it to life. Really?! I read and enjoyed Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar", "Hamlet", and "Merchant of Venice", James Joyce’s "A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man", and J.D. Salinger’s "A Catcher In The Rye" in high school. None of those wonderful written works had any connection to my life then and certainly not now. In each case, my teacher decided to introduce me to the author. Not some administrator dictating how my teacher was expected to teach me. More recently, a high school math department decided that the existing math programs available to them inadequately introduced math to their students. The school administration allowed the teachers to develop a pilot math program for their students. Prior to the adoption of the program no student took math any further. After, 5 students majored in Applied Mathematics at various colleges. Mr. Dubois may have been inarticulate, or the reporter may have not properly placed Mr. Dubois’ concern in the proper context. A superintended does better to create an environment were teachers can help their students thrive. I wouldn't call it buy work. I think it is poorly reasoned and badly handled.

JoshuaTooley

Very articulate reply jpt329, and to the point. We learn from those who touch are lives every day and not by those who just casual observer us.

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