Forget the Elephant in the Room . . .
. . . when it comes to the problems of education in the inner-city (and, I would argue, in many more places than we care to admit) the issue is not an elephant, but a screaming baby. How is it that we are deaf to his cries? We are powerless to help him because we refuse to address the actions of his parents or pass judgment upon them. This heartbreaking account
from a seasoned teacher in a school with more than its share of these stories, goes on to a bitter reflection at the conclusion of his tale:
Every fall, new education theories arrive, born like orchids in the
hothouses of big-time university education departments. Urban teachers
are always first in line for each new bloom. We've been retrofitted as
teachers a dozen times over. This year's innovation is the Data Wall, a
strategy in which teachers must test endlessly in order to produce data
about students' progress. The Obama administration has spent lavishly to
ensure that professional consultants monitor its implementation.
Every year, the national statistics summon a fresh chorus of outrage
at the failure of urban public schools. Next year, I fear, will be
RTWT, if you can stomach it. Thanks to Kate for pointing me to this story.
12:19 PM / January 31, 2011
: include(/srv/users/prod-php-nltashbrook/apps/prod-php-nltashbrook/public/sd/nlt-blog/_includes/promo-main.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in
: include(): Failed opening '/srv/users/prod-php-nltashbrook/apps/prod-php-nltashbrook/public/sd/nlt-blog/_includes/promo-main.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/opt/sp/php7.2/lib/php') in