This is all fine and good, but as a teacher with over 30 years of experience,
there is domething big missing. The constant push for data-driven instruction is
killing motivation for a lot of kids. Everything is geared toward testing and
more testing. The things that are rewarding for kids are being squeezed right
out. There is no time. It leaves kids disliking school. Data is not the end-all
golden ticket. The key is having some time to build relationship and motivation
so that kids will want to learn.
I'm quite shocked that nothing was mentioned about parental involvement and
support. In my research, that is the single most important determinant in
predicting student success at school.
I agree with Kings Court that parental involvement is the single most important
factor in student achievement. I would add that dual parental involvement is the
next most important factor. Then I would put personal accountability third.
Everything else is noise.
It's so true. Maybe parental involvement isn't mentioned because
there isn't a way to quantify or force parents to be accountable...some
parents are not, never will be bothered with helping their children with school
work. My question is how would you suggest enforcing parental involvement?