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  •  I teach special education math (1+ / 0-)
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    I do not have a single student, in three classes, that 'knows' their multiplication facts.  Some can do them with a calculator.  Many count on their fingers and still get facts wrong. I have many students that miss eight or eleven assignments. Our school system allows a parent computer access to all their student's grades and attendance records. It works well; nobody gets blamed for the student's  sins except the student.

    •  It's not about blame. (0+ / 0-)

      First of all, Special Ed is another worthy diary altogether. That said, you've reserved a special place for yourself in heaven with your efforts; I've Special Ed friends and I'm aware of your extraordinary challenges.

      Secondly, my diary was expressly about the challenges of an otherwise informed/involved parent in the context of a 'good' school system.

      Contrarily, what about those parents with less wherewithal for various socio-economic reasons? Or kids and parents in challenged urban school systems? Or underfunded rural school districts?

      My point is that educating our children is not simply a function of 'education' reform. It's much more complex: it is entwined within a cultural and sociological web.

      I am not an educator; I am merely an educated and informed parent with a concern for education for ALL children, not merely my own.

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      by ktward on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 04:54:53 PM PDT

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