My kid's teacher sued the school distric

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Registered: 03-26-2003
My kid's teacher sued the school distric
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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 9:23pm
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Registered: 12-12-2002
Tue, 08-19-2003 - 10:15pm
Yea for her for fighting a system that is NOT helping our kids!!! I don't know much about these "modules", but they sound HORRID. However, I don't truly understand how they work. Are they the main facet of learning for the kids? Or is it just 4 science projects each year IN ADDITION TO the regular curriculum?

On another thought...12 days of training a YEAR for these modules? JUST for these modules? Personally, I don't want my kids teacher out of class that much.

And how far does she want to go with this? Does she want teachers to have COMPLETE control over what is taught in their classrooms? Or does she just want them to have control over HOW it is taught. For instance, the district and the board and the dept of education get to decide what needs to be learned each year (minimally), but the teachers get to decide how they teach it in their classroom.

Soooo many questions here. Surprisingly, I haven't heard anything about this down here in OKC. I'm glad you pointed it out, as I would like to keep track of this one. Would you mind e-mailing me any updates you get? I'm sure you will get more than me, as you are there, and especially since it is your kids teacher. :)

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 10:31pm
I know the court's ruling ... but i'm keeping it a secret until I hear what people think.

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Wed, 08-20-2003 - 1:55pm
I agree with her. Districts and schools mandating complicated modules or teaching programs, introducing a new set of textbooks every year so the teachers can't even get used to one... they keep trying new and different things because kids aren't learning. But I know around here, it's not *what* the teachers are teaching thats the problem, but the sheer class size (in many places in excess of 40 children... it's hard to keep them quiet much less teach them) and lack of discipline. The only example I can use is my mom.. but she gets reprimanded if she sends children to the principal's office. They pretty much say "we don't want to deal with them". She regularly has to confiscate cell phone batteries to be picked up at the end of the day. Blech. (And these are 6th-8th graders) I'm sorry, but math and reading hasn't changed much in the last 25 years and we all know how to read and count don't we?
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Registered: 05-28-2003
Wed, 08-20-2003 - 2:15pm
questions questions...

Are these modules part of the science curriculum? or is it *the* curriculum (combining science, math, reading)?

Does the teacher want complete control over all the subjects that are taught?

Does she want control over *what* subjects are taught?

Is she arguing against standardized testing for students?

I don't think 12 days out of the year for training is too many days, but that's JMO.
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Registered: 11-20-2001
Wed, 08-20-2003 - 2:44pm
Whoohoo to Linda!! I hope she wins. My early childhood council met last night, our council is made up of elementary school teachers, directors and teachers of area preschools, and accredited family child care teachers ... we were handed pamphlets from the Dept of Education on what is expected of children entering kindergarten. The majority of us recognized right away what that pamphlet was all about ... MCAS. It has trickled down to this?

Linda is fabulous for standing up ... teaching is about instilling a passion for knowledge, not the rote of it.

Linda

 

Linda - wife, mother, grandmum                     &nb

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 08-20-2003 - 2:55pm
Maybe it has to do with the name? lol
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Registered: 11-20-2001
Thu, 08-21-2003 - 1:08pm
Of course! LOL, n/t

 

Linda - wife, mother, grandmum                     &nb