Diane Ravitch in her book “Reign of Error” defines the source of educational woes to be from two simple sources: segregation and poverty. Simple sources, yes, but each with very complex remedies. Over both of these, the child has absolutely no control. Nor do the teachers, nor school administration, nor school district. The most crucial parts of a child’s academic achievement are controlled by we the people. We through our elected representatives control legislation that directly effects segregation and poverty.
Now an argument can be raised that the parents of the children are responsible for escaping segregated communities and for escaping poverty. Fine and good, but my point is that it is not the teacher’s, the school administrator’s, or the school’s purview to provide this escape. And it is exactly my point that it is precisely these two things that directly effect parent participation or the lack of it in there child’s educational life. How? By creating and perpetuating a culture of failure in which they themselves and their children become enmeshed. Continue reading The Culture of Failure
“The single most important thing you need to know about the state tests is that they are utterly useless and without any value. The results come back in the summer or fall, when the student has a different teacher. Neither students nor teachers are allowed to discuss the questions on the test, so no one learns anything from them.” Diane Ravitch Continue reading Testing: The Intentional Humiliation of Public Education
As a special day class middle school teacher, it seems to be a violation of FAPE to require that Special Education students within the Read 180 curriculum to take the Comprehensive Assessment Program (CAP) tests. Continue reading Why Comprehensive Assessment Program Testing is Not Appropriate for Special Education Students and Teachers Involved with the Read 180 Curriculum
The the vast majority of the voting public does not realize how segregation and poverty have co-opted our educational system into a battle zone. More teachers like Tom need to scream out regardless of their politics or position. We need a hurricane, a torrential downpour of teacher resistance to the system that exists. Only then will education change for the better. Continue reading Tom Rademacher’s Article
“I can do anything I want and nothing will happen,” Logico G said to Mr D. his nemesis teacher. Mr D was 250 lbs and over six feet tall. He towered at least a foot over his student adversary. The student had been trying to teach Mr D a lesson all year. It now being … Continue reading Spitting on the Teacher