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  •  Parents with brain damage, etc (0+ / 0-)

    I have seen a situation where there was a single mother with brain damage and her middle school daughter.  Obviously the parent has no control over the child because the parent can;t even remember what the child did five minutes ago.  The school can try but do you really expect a principal to be able to control this kind of situation?  And I have seen students with even worse family situations than this.  I had a tutoring student whose parents went to the casino in the afternoon and they weren;t even there to pick her up from school, and I had to wait while the child called the grandmother to pick her up.  Are teachers supposed to be resonsible in those schools?

    •  This is an excellent example with which (1+ / 0-)
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      to model the education policy for the entire country.  Because nearly 75% of American parents of school attending children are suffering from severe brain damage.

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      by Hunter Huxley on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 12:10:28 PM PST

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      •  I don't understand your logic (0+ / 0-)

        (1) I never mentioned children with brain damage
        (2) I provided an example of a case of a parent with brain damage.
        The point I am making is that teachers are not in control of the students' decisions whether to go to school or not.  In a low income school district there are a lot of other factors to consider.

        •  Here's my logic: (1+ / 0-)
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          1. You said

          I never mentioned children with brain damage

          I said

          nearly 75% of American parents of school attending children are suffering from severe brain damage.

          1.  You said

          I provided an example of a case of a parent with brain damage.

          You also said

          Are teachers supposed to be resonsible in those schools?

          It was my opinion that using the example of a severely brain damaged parent who is medically incapable of remembering events from 5 minutes earlier as a counterpoint to the argument made in the diary was patently ridiculous.  

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          by Hunter Huxley on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 12:54:06 PM PST

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    •  Among low-income, some schools better than others (0+ / 0-)

      Pick any set of demographics you want, correlated with whatever kinds of family dysfunction. Find a set of schools, all teaching kids matching those demographics. You will find some of those schools getting better results than others.

      Assume we should not expect low-income, low-socioeconomic-status kids to perform as well as upper-income kids whose parents are all well-educated and prosperous and mostly married. ("Soft bigotry of low expectations?" We can discuss that separately.) We should still expect low-income, low-SES kids to perform as well as they can. We can still expect schools who teach low-income, low-SES kids to learn from the schools teaching similar kids who are getting better results.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 03:10:12 PM PST

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