It reeks of Brave New World organized society and social engineering.
There are always the Gifted classes, as my teachers recommended for me, for brighter or more "restless" yet brainy kids who get bored with the
average pace. Unfortunately, we moved and I was not evaluated at the new school and made the first bad grades of my life, got tracked by those grades
and didn't re-emerge until high school, where I aced the ASVAB and made a 28 on my ACT, with a 32 in Natural Sciences.
Lol, our valedictorian, a friend of mine from the Honors or Advanced classes, made a 27.
I get sick of ANY child being considered "lower" anything. They are not fixed in place and deserve all the opportunities we can muster up for
The way they are treated six to eight hours a day, as mandated by law, has a greater long term effect on them than what we start them off with.
Your bright and cheerful child will be bullied and unprotected. Sad but true.
Your bright but quiet child will be overlooked. Also probably bullied and unprotected.
Your rowdy child will be ordered on to medication. You will be investigated or your child expelled until the meds are in place. He or she will
always be flagged by behavior rather than potential or individual talents or skills.
It has to stop. Please, contact state boards of education, they are where the real power is. Let them know you have already contacted your local
whoever, news station, PTA, whoever it is that is relevant to your school's issues, as many as you can think of who could or should be involved.
Public scrutiny and in-house policing work wonders, believe me.
In our state, at least, there are choices in curriculum, for example, and options for schools. Things are the way they are because that is what is
easiest for the school.
If parenting worked that way, we wouldn't have to worry about education much longer anyway.
Teachers have to be confronted and held accountable. I just saw a story on CNN saying there is a push for more black, male teachers.
Darn right there are....why else do they get marginalized out of these jobs and other professional lives they could be having, when we need everyone
to do what they can, so much.
I was highly encouraged to see that some of the ones in charge are seeing the light and speaking up boldly to turn this next great corner.
Tracking has affected so many of them, as well. It's time to abolish this Communist approach to child development, no offense to any Socialists out
But we know that child development doesn't stop at the school door, and 12 years is a very long time to get and keep getting the impression that you
are a loser, with the rest of your life stretched out before you, knowing or suspecting that it might be true.
How is anyone supposed to stand up and do anything in a world like that?
We have to stop this kind of schizophrenic social manipulation. After all, most teachers who are making these decisions and affecting the kids'
performance on a day-to-day basis are not experts on intelligence or potential evaluation.
Who the heck is??? We don't need the option of losing anything these young people have to offer now, or in the future!!
Don't be afraid to go over the heads of the locals, and straight to the state school board if you have problems or fear retribution or anything like
that at your school or your child's school, whatever the case may be.