How About Better Parents?

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How About Better Parents?
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Mon, 11-21-2011 - 7:38am

I posted this on my SPED Plans board but wanted to post it here too.......This is from the NY Times.

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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 11:52am

Amen!!




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Registered: 11-18-2008
Tue, 11-22-2011 - 12:39pm
Oh gosh, I couldn't agree more! And I'm not just saying that as the wife of a teacher! ;) I look at my kids school in a neighborhood where parents are extremely involved in their kids education - parents in the classroom volunteering every single day, volunteering in supplementary reading programs, before/after school programs, plus they work with their kids at home.

At DH's school, parents are rarely seen in the building. Many don't speak English, so they're unable to hep their kids with their work. Many just don't help. And many kids don't have both parents at home, or live with a relative.

There's just no comparison. Our school scores are the top 3 in the state, his school has some of the worst scores.

Of course, there are other factors besides parental involvement. A large majority of his 4th graders are not at grade level in any subject, but he's required to teach them 4th grade material. He can't say, "Okay, you don't know how to do subtraction, let's get you up to date on that before we try to teach you XYZ." He has to teach the 4th grade materials. Understandable I suppose, but kids can't higher math without knowing the basics first. They're just getting further and further behind each year.

Ack...off my soapbox. The state of education just makes me so sad. :(
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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 1:27pm

At our school there are 3 levels of math instruction: below grade, at grade, and above grade.




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Registered: 11-23-2011
Wed, 11-23-2011 - 12:12pm

Thanks so much for posting this

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Registered: 12-22-2007
Thu, 11-24-2011 - 2:03am

I have a high achieving 12yo dd.

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Fri, 11-25-2011 - 8:16am
So they just didn't give her homework during those early grades or did she get counted off for not doing it?

I don't agree with the tons of homework the children do get, believe me. The only homework that Nathaniel gets which is of any use is the spelling homework I have tailored to his needs in his IEP, the rest of it is just busy work IMO. He is already getting 6 hours of work in school and I think children need time to play just as much as they need time to work. I have always stressed to his teachers that my child likes playing outside w/ his dogs, the dirt and sticks. He doesn't stay inside and play on video games and I want time for him to be able to play outside instead of just doing homework all afternoon. Thankfully w/his IEP and his dyslexia I have been to get him a more personalized workload which permits this but not all of the time...sometimes they just pile it on.

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Fri, 11-25-2011 - 3:42pm

She got given homework sheets just like everyone else, but we simply didn't do it.