The function of the school is to continue and compliment other social systems (family, community, religious congregations, etc.) in the socialization of a child, preparing him or her for life and further studies.
Schools are to be praised when teachers and staff make up for deficiencies in the family and other social systems. Efforts in athletics, drama, music, the arts, community service projects, and other extra-curricular activities that go beyond what teachers and administration are paid to perform should also be lauded. When merited, teachers should be treated as true “professionals” in their community.
School problems include lack of support from parents and community, budget restrictions, lack of text books, computers and other educational resources, ill-prepared or unmotivated teachers, protective unions, overload of bureaucratic paper work, lack of administrative support for teachers, and unruly and disinterested students.
The many different kinds of schools, each with various strengths and limitations, should be noted: public and private schools, boys or girls schools, alternative schools, schools for special needs including extreme learning disabilities, special interest schools (schools for music or the performing arts), home schools, wilderness and experiential schools, charter schools, faith-based schools and others.
We aim to provide resources and encouragement for teachers who continue to work in a wide variety of contexts and environments. We hope that CYS will provide relevant information to further equip education professionals to serve their students and our youth in schools.
See also the education topic in our CYS Infopedia.
Coalition for Community Schools The Coalition advocates for community schools as the vehicle for strengthening schools, families and communities so that together they can improve student learning.
Communities in Schools Founded by Bill Milliken, Communities in Schools National is the clearinghouse for local CIS organizations across the States that help young people stay in school and prepare for life. Note carefully their “Five Basics.”
National Association of Street Schools “To serve as an organization that is a clearinghouse of information and support for administrators and schools that want to offer quality, Christian education for at-risk youth.”
National Student Leadership Conference For over 20 years, NSLC has “provided a safe and supportive environment which encourages students to explore their academic and career interests while developing leadership skills essential for their success.” Excellent summer opportunities!
National Youth Leadership Council With more school requiring important community service, this national network of Service-Learning endeavors become all the more important. NYLC is “a movement linking youths, educators and communities to redefine the role of youths in society… engages students in meaningfrul service through their schools and communities.” A solid, well-balanced leadership.
OnlineSchools.org Seeks to help students of all ages find success in their educational experience, whether through online, distance schooling or through supplemental learning opportunities. Each grade-level portal features in-depth resources, such as an online writing center, and a searchable database of distance learning programs. One additional highlight is their STEM Support Resources, which helps students with the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Research for Better Schools Mission: “to help students achieve by supporting improvement efforts in schools and other educational programs. Serves Mid-Atlantic region in particular but generally helpful.
Rob Evans, School Consultant Substantiates some of teachers’ complaints about weak parenting resulting in under-motivation and disciplinary problems. See Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing.