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1/19/2015

Message from the Principal

Happy Martin Luther King Day! In honor of MLK day, I am sharing a lesser known writing by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for you to read and think about. Dr. King shares his thoughts on what he sees as the two-fold function of education. As I read the article, I thought about how this article, although written in 1947 reflects the role of character education (ethical, responsibility), workforce education (problem solving, critical thinking) and the Florida State Assessment (FSA) standards in preparing students to be self-sufficient global citizens. What do you see as the purpose of education?


The Purpose Of Education http://www.drmartinlutherkingjr.com/thepurposeofeducation.htm

by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
Morehouse College Student Paper, The Maroon Tiger, in 1947

As I engage in the so-called "bull sessions" around and about the school, I too often find that most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education. Most of the "brethren" think that education should equip them with the proper instruments of exploitation so that they can forever trample over the masses. Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end.
It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one's self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths. To save man from the morass of propaganda, in my opinion, is one of the chief aims of education. Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.

The late Eugene Talmadge, in my opinion, possessed one of the better minds of Georgia, or even America. Moreover, he wore the Phi Beta Kappa key. By all measuring rods, Mr. Talmadge could think critically and intensively; yet he contends that I am an inferior being. Are those the types of men we call educated?

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, "brethren!" Be careful, teachers!

TECH CORNER

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional format whereby the teacher provides an unstructured problem to students and perhaps some pathways and/or resources for solving the problem, generally in small groups. WebQuests are a structured way to create PBL scenarios using the internet. The structure is relatively straight-forward and you can either search for WebQuests that other teachers have created or create your own with either QuestGarden or Zunal.


Tech Tool Tuesday will be held on Tue, Jan 27th at 2:35pm in 2-233. We will be trying to create our own Augmented Reality targets - should be interesting! Augmented Reality is like QR codes on ‘steroids’ - it provides a web-based layer to a physical object.

HAPPENINGS

  • Moorings Park Foundation Visit. Expect visitors. 1/22 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

REMINDERS


  • LWIT teachers - The Zonta Club will once again be sponsoring the Sally Sitta award for female health science students who are 25+ and residents of Collier County. Heidi emailed you the application. Applications are due on 2/6. Please encourage your students to apply!
  • LWIT Teachers -The Naples Lions Club will once again be sponsoring a scholarship for our Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing students. Heidi emailed you the application. Applications are due on 1/29. Please encourage your students to apply.
  • There will be a Fly in / Cruise in Meeting on Thursday January 22nd at 2:35 pm in the dining hall. If you are interested in helping organize the event see Jack Izbicki. March 7th is the day of the event. If you are interested in volunteering on that day, let Jeff Rexford know. Thank you to Tony Singleton for sharing the Funplacestofly.com ad promoting the event.
  • January PLT reflection forms are due January 31st.
  • If you have anything to include in the LWTHS Parent Newsletter, please provide it to Jeff Rexford by January 30th.

Kudos to . . .

  • Dawn Peck with 85% student passing rate on U.S. History EOC
  • Staff who wrote 45+ positive referrals in the last month.....keep them coming!
  • Bob Waller, Debbie Hoofer, Diane Long, Lynn Bedreva, Denise Duzick, and staff who assisted in the Greater Naples Leaders visit.
  • A special thank you to Jack Izbick, Denise Duzick National Honor Society and Key Club students for representing LWIT at the MLK parade
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  • Rosemarie Whippo

Staff Meetings and Trainings

  • 1/19, MLK - NO SCHOOL
  • 1/20, SAC MEETING, Principal's Conference room, 6:00 p.m.
  • 1/21 LWTHS Team Meetings 2:00 - 2:35 p.m

Upcoming Student Events

  • Movie Night, 1/23, 6:00 -9:00 p.m, High School Courtyard. - Joann Cassio
  • Souper Bowl of Caring 1/21-1/28, Classrooms - Joann Cassio
  • Winter Spirit Week 1/26-1/30, Schoolwide - Joann Cassio
  • Winter Dance 1/30, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Dining Hall - Dawn Peck