a reply to: neOrevolutionist
Thank you for your kind words. You brought up another myth, that talking to administrators is helpful/productive. lol
a reply to: Mountainmeg
Thank you, too.
Small schools are nice. Glad your kids are achieving!
You made me think some more.......
When I was growing up, “one size fits all” referred to an article of clothing that could be worn by anyone. Usually the clothing was ugly to begin
with, and it was ill fitting on most who wore it. That certainly describes federal programs and mandates like Common Core (NCLB on steroids).
Students have always had to learn a body of knowledge (in the past determined by authorities in the subject’s profession), which was presented to
them by their teacher. That really is the same today. What IS different today is that, in the past students were not FORCED to take a subject in a
narrow curriculum nor were they required to repeatedly take that subject until they passed (eg needing to repeat Algebra 1 three times [at least!] in
In the 1970s I knew people who dropped acid and had some fantastic tales to tell. But I cannot even begin to imagine what someone must be taking to
come up with the mandate that a teenager with a 77 IQ MUST pass College Prep Algebra. COLLEGE PREP FOR A 4 YEAR COLLEGE! No way in hell is that
student going to attend college!
That poor student, no matter how attentive and dutiful, will NEVER learn COLLEGE PREP ALGEBRA! To the student it is frustrating to not be able to
“get it”, but the school needs the test points from that student taking that subject. I say that amounts to child abuse.
Now, that is a student in a regular class, because he could not qualify for Special Ed. But, wait, it gets better! The severely learning handicapped
class down the hall (IQ range 50 to 60) received materials from a $30,000 program in order to teach “Algebra” and “Geometry”. Oh, and that
was besides…..and I am not making this up…learning the Periodic Table with certain elements.
I am not against having students achieve more. But education must not be the ugly, one-size-fits-all, ill fitting system it has become. The American
school system should not be seen by corporations as a giant pinata, whereby if you whack away enough at it, money falls out and everyone scrambles for
And, lastly, education in America has never said that the only learning is within walls. Graduation was always a doorway from formal learning to
informal learning. The generations of my grandparents, my parents, myself, and now my children have always continued reading, absorbing and learning
after leaving a classroom. ….. My older son, in fact, hated math, hated the physical sciences (his passion was more along the lines of class clown
and theater arts). After studying history in college, he started to read the histories of mathematicians and scientists, which led to self study of
calculus and physics. So, for all those who say that teachers never taught them everything, or that they learned more after graduation, then I say,
“Ah, good, you’ve learned the most valuable lesson!”