A grandparent is welcome to spend time at school as a volunteer tutor, a mentor to a student, or a teacher whose life experiences are valued.
For survival of public schools this should be a HUGE focus in the next ten years. Will directly combat most significant trend that could undermine public schools: retiring fixed income boomers (voters) with no connection to schools in their neighborhoods. Benefits of changing false perceptions of wasteful spending, better quality of life for seniors themselves are just as big asthe vision statement here. For more see white paper on Educational Trends byKen Stevenson (2010) at www.ncef.org.
I think there are many grandparents out there who would be willing to talk to classes about what was it like for them during periods of history being taught in school.
When I was in middle school we had Career Day. I invited my grandma in to talk about her career as a writer and drama director. I helped her write an original play and we got the students to participate. It was a really fun experience for everyone and it would have been great if she could have been involved more during the school year.
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