SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Answers To Anonymous Questions

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Answers To Anonymous Questions

There was a response from an anonymous "student" to the post recent blog posting, "More Ignorance From Non Educators." Though I believe this student to be a certain hedge fund manager that for some reason has a passion for highway rest areas.

How many levels of growth do your students typically achieve in a year?

Zero. None. How does one measure growth in phys.ed, or art, or social studies?

How do you determine which of your students "will" learn versus those who "can" learn?

All students can and will learn. All won't excel. Just a fact of life. I didn't excel in HS. To quote Judge Smails, "the world needs ditch diggers too."

Why would it be "socialist" if all the students in your classroom or at your school were learning on grade level and were accepted to college?

Oh I was being snarky and sarcastic. I saw the word "collective" and wanted to be a smarty pants.

And lastly, why do charter schools threaten you so much?

Threaten? HA! Give me, or any teacher for that matter a class of 12-15 students that are the cream of the crop, and who are there to learn and see what gets done! The reason these students do well is the parents are buying into the system and they have a stake, as do the students. I am sure there are very, very few behavior problems in charters, and when there are the students can, and are removed from these schools. How long will a student be allowed to stay in the charter if that student is not contributing or failing? Not very long. So please, give the public schools the same deal as charters and you'll see the change.

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