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  •  This is such a sell-out of public education. (4+ / 0-)
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    LillithMc, Abelia, anastasia p, Tonedevil

    I'm so frustrated and disappointed in the Obama administration and in Rahm Emanual for supporting this stuff.

    •  I feel the same way (1+ / 0-)
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      It's tragic. Completely upending schools puts kids behind. When I was in school, not only were 2/3rds of the kids I graduated eighth grade with in my first grade class 9which you would never have now because of increased transience) but you knew in first grade which teachers you were likely to have for eighth grade – and wretched excuses for teachers they were! No one suggested "turning around" our schools because our PARENTS influenced the fact that we were all high achievers despite the fact that by fifth or sixth grade we usually knew more than those terrible teachers (when I was in Chicago Public Schools, the era of teaching as a patronage job was just drawing to a close.)

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

      by anastasia p on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 12:32:54 PM PST

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    •  And yet it didn't work before reform either (1+ / 0-)
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      It wasn't working before reform either. I'm not sure we ever have figured out how to educate children who come from generational poverty and who live in socio-economic segregation.

      And Chicago has a long history of reform (I don't think the schools have ever not been being reformed. I wonder if Mayor Ogden had a reform plan?)

      One problem I see is that teachers teach to the median in the class. So if out of a class of 33, 3 are at grade level, and the other 30 are a year behind, the teacher will teach a year behind. Never mind that the 3 who were at level will learn nothing (though they might be pressed into being helpers). I'm not sure what else the teacher could do, but I don't see why they can't use grouping and give the ones at grade level grade-appropriate work.

      •  If you haven't been in schools in a while, you (0+ / 0-)

        won't know what it's like.  Nowadays, teachers are told to "differentiate" their instruction so that they adequately address the needs of all of the students regardless of their ability levels, aptitudes, skill levels, interests, whether they have learning disabilities, speak English at varying levels of proficiency.  Now they tell you that a good teacher can teach all of those children equally effectively if you just try!

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