Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22 2014 12:45 p.m. MST
Legislative season really annoys me. Its the one time of the year politicians
who often know nothing about children and education get to do things that can
muck things up further. Children NEED consistency. The Legislature CHANGES
several aspects about standards, rules and curriculum EVERY year. If children
need consistency and the legislature needs change, the two entities are at odds
with one another.What needs to happen is an educational summit no
more often than ten years apart where the State School Board, Legislature and
Educators map out and STICK TO A PLAN for our students. What does happen is we
waste valuable resources such as time, money and kid's attention span on
the latest and greatest legislative gimmicks.Reading on grade level
by grade three IS already an educational priority of parents and educators.
There are no immediate consequences when a child fails, and there doesn't
appear to be enough financial support for the children at risk to receive
additional help. The legislature doesn't have the backbone to put
consequences in place and follow through with them, nor the will to provide
schools with the funds to meet the goal.
Wow and when I was in school we were reading by the end of Kindergarten. Good
for you common core advocates can we expect our kids to do basic algebra by the
time they graduate high school? or is that a stretch? Incidentaly because I took
the time to read to my kids when they were young they were all reading by first
grade. My oldest is 12 and reading college manuals and encyclopedias already.
Now, compare this list of priorities from the public to the list of priorities
among the republican county and state delegates and you will see exactly why we
need the County My Vote initiative to pass! The disconnect is blatant and
As a long time educator and now member of the State Board for over 11 years, it
is so sad that we don't allow educators to determine what is best for our
students in consultation with the parents. Yes, for about 60% of our students,
they can and do read on grade level by third grade, but the majority or about
90%+ are reading at grade level by 8th grade. The bottom line is not to punish
schools and educators who do not have the majority of their students reading at
grade level by any grade, but to fund and help them insure that we have all
students reading at an acceptable level, graduating from High School, and ready
and prepared to go on to higher education or other preparation programs after
high school. The bill from last year takes away money from districts that do
not have students reading at level by third grade -- that does not help,
especially with the student turnover our state is now experiencing!
Teaching should be left to teachers, school administrators, and parents.Legislators should stay out of it.You don't have nurses
fixing airplanes, and you don't have legislators fixing education. Period.
With the Head Start Program.We're still trying to get students
to read by the third grade, and lower poverty?Legislators don't
know how to run education. Period!How's those standardized
tests working out?
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