Completely agree with this letter writer which just proves once again that the
legislature has no business trying to be a super-school board. Please leave
the job of education to educator.
Everyone already knows that the west side schools and the alternative schools
are going to get F's. That will always be true. That's a foregone
conclusion. This "de-grading system" is merely another way for the
legislature to degrade the hard-working, poorly compensated teacher corps (of
which I am NOT one, by the way).
The irony is... schools on the West side get just as much funding as other
schools (thanks to the Utah State Legislature and the Utah State Board of
Education).So much for the argument that the only thing that matters
is per-pupil spending!We spend as much on education on the West side as we
do anywhere.Obviously there's something more important than
Per-Pupil Spending... what COULD it be? Hmmm... strokes his chin and wonders...
It's basically what you would expect out of a grading evaluation written by
a pro voucher lobbyist and passed by bought off pro voucher legislators.
2 bits:Nobody would argue that parental support is not a big piece
in a child's chances of success. My wife teaches at a Title 1 Jr. HS, and
a very disturbing percentage of the kids are failing. Combine that with about
40 out of her 180 students' parents who bothered to show up for parent
teacher conferences, and you have a discouraging situation.So, what
do we do? Although it would be preferable for the parents to take a strong
interest in their childrens' educations, in many cases, for a number of
reasons, this isn't happening. We have a ticking time bomb as these kids
grow up very poorly prepared for a competitive work force.The
schools offer additional support, and through an organization called
"Latinos in Action", older kids are mentoring younger kids after school,
although many Utahns would consider this to be some kind of racist, radical
breeding ground for Democrats.A big problem is class size.
It's difficult to really teach when it's mostly a baby-sitting
situation.Most teachers start at the rough schools and move to
easier schools, as soon as they can.