The education field is rife with acronyms. Many school systems, including the ones here in North Carolina, have adopted PBIS as a means toward addressing inappropriate behaviors. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support. It’s funded through IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and its goal is to “support high student performance and to reduce behavioral problems.” More information on North Carolina’s PBIS initiative can be found here.
I wonder if there’s anybody reading this blog who hasn’t encountered the Myers-Briggs personality test. It’s composted of a series of questions, the taker’s answers to which drop him or her into one of two options in each of four categories. There are many versions of the Myers-Briggs online, and I clearly remember taking it as part of one of my courses during my masters program. It’s always seemed too simplistic an analysis to me, but as a student, I hardly felt qualified to criticize. This article, from UK’s Guardian newspaper, gives the background of the Myers-Briggs, talks about who uses it and how, and discusses some of its pitfalls. Interesting reading.
Much has been made in the media lately about about boys being in trouble, not doing as well in school as girls, and what the long term impact of such trends might be. But are they really in trouble? Or is there something else beyond our first-blush glance at the statistics?