Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Favorite comments of '13, cont: 1crosbycat, Unknown and Happy Elf Mom



1crosbycat said...
I did a bit of research on reform math after finding it in my local school, and found that 21% of our students going to community or state colleges needed remedial math and/or English (our district is upscale and considered to be excellent based on PSSA state test scores). Even worse, 43% of all students at public two-year institutions had enrolled in a remedial course and 29% of all students at public four-year institutions had enrolled in a remedial course according to the website for the Pennsylvania Coalition for World Class Math Standards.

Unknown said...
As a teacher, I see this happening for two reasons:

1) Special education requirements that student objectives in IEPs be related to grade level standards, which is great for some kids who can stretch to meet them, but for many just means wasting time on meaningless stuff that is only marginally related to the curriculum.

2) Soft-hearted teachers who think that by doing pretend grade level projects the kids won't feel different or bad about themselves. They don't seem to "get" that no matter what you do the kids know who is behind.

I fully believe that there are places that are decreasing the achievement gap by keeping the top achievers from excelling.

Happy Elf Mom said...
My older autistic son (17) has been pushed through and mainstreamed and ohhh he's reading at a fifth grade level according to their tests.

He can't even really read Cat in the Hat and has an IQ of 65 or 67. The school can't "fix" that but hello, we could have been more honest and done some life skills training.

Instead, he has a standard high school diploma. Which is fine for him, I suppose, but if I were an employer, my son would "look" the same on paper as a child who can read and write well and construct an essay.

Deceptive. I am not sure if, as we approach time to file for SSI (income wise he doesn't qualify and stuff until he is 18?) that that will also count against him. I know that's not quite on topic, but all these topics are very inter-related when you have a child with a disability.

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