27 November 2007

Despite all the politically correct...

Hippie rhetoric... dumbing down... will never, ever be the right answer...

Initially city officials considered basing the whole grade on a peer-group comparison. But Kati Haycock, director of the Education Trust, a Washington research group, warned them off, saying that would send the message that there were different standards for children of different backgrounds.

“We argued as strongly as we could that that’s a terrible idea,” Ms. Haycock said. “In the real world, once kids grow up, they are not just compared to kids that just graduated from the barrio.”
An interesting article, especially when considered in light of the Toronto District Board's recent initiative to explore "race based" schooling.

There are, however, still a few bugs in the system.
The decision to reward schools for advancing the neediest students produced some counterintuitive results. South Bronx Academy for Applied Media, listed by the state as one of its most violent schools, is rated by the city as an A.

It fared well on the report card because while just 17 percent of its students met grade level standards on the state reading test, more than 63 percent had improved from last year.
An old song comes to mind, "When will they ever learn..."


12 comments:

syncrodox said...

Neo

My sweetie is a vice principle of a primary school (K-9) in Phoenix. Tough hood with predominately Black and Hispanic students.

She's half Mexican and half Italian and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Her primary focus is a safe learning environment and she suffers no BS from the students or her staff.

She regularly deals with parents who's little angels can do no wrong, has been accused of being racist in regards to discipline (by both the Black and Hispanic community leaders) and has been called on the carpet by the school district for not refering enough Hispanic kids to ESL programs. The fact that said kids are fluent in English and don't need the program is apparently inconsequential in the eyes of the bean counters.

In the Canadian context, I've had it out with one of my sons junior high administration regarding his failing grades. I didn't want him passed unless he did the work...the kid was doing the hormonal goof off thing and is fully capable of meeting or exceeding the standard.

My point...Both here and in the U.S. what is best for any given child is often overshadowed by the competing interests of expediency, economics, abdicated parenting, teachers unions and ideology.

One great big fucking mess.
The education of our children is the primary political battleground of our times and the damage created to those same children is considered collateral by all but a very few.

Syncro

Neo Conservative said...

*
it also seems extremely unfortunate that too many kids, by the time they are thrown into the maelstrom of the educational system, are already messed up beyond belief.

a good teacher can perhaps be the last, best defense... against a purposeless, empty life... but they shouldn't have to replace crappy, sociopathic, or absentee parenting.

*

syncrodox said...

Neo

True enough. State run institutions are piss poor parents...unless you believe the Libs.

Syncro

Anonymous said...

sync: Please provide a source to justify your premise that Liberals think parenting should be done by state run institutions.

What a stupid claim. You guys are pretty funny. That's another one of the top 10 dumbest things I've ever heard. You seriously believe that?

Anonymous said...

Come to his defense neo. I know you can't resist the urge to defend a dumbass claim.

syncrodox said...

Anony

Universal daycare? You know the first great social program in a generation? Ken Dryden...Paul Martin et al?

The fact that our primary school systems are a mess and the health care system is screwed is only more proof that the institutionalized cluster fuck approach is superior.

Then again I only make my dumbass claims based on observable phenomenon.

Syncro

Neo Conservative said...

*
anon spits... Come to his defense neo"

no need, my rather dim friend... it looks like you've already been served.

*

Anonymous said...

fneo/sync:

??? I asked for proof that Liberals think that parenting should be done by state institutions. That was your rather absurd claim.

You referenced universal daycare and then babbled about problems in our health care system. Exactly how does that prove that Liberals (or liberals) think that parenting is better done by an institution? What does health care even have to do with it? As for daycare, are you suggesting that anyone that uses it thinks parents are unnecessary and that the state can raise their children? Do you smoke crack every day, or can you stop long enough to see how ridiculous you're being?

I suggest you start by refining your claim, or at least defining what you're trying to say. I'd start by realizing that any liberal on the planet that thinks that a parental role is unnecessary obviously has other extreme views and represents a true minority nutcase sample. In other words, your caricature is exactly that - the people you're describing don't exist in anything resembling a majority. It's not even close to a general case.

Which kind of makes your point dishonest, and, well, pretty dumb.

Neo Conservative said...

*
"anon asks... Do you smoke crack every day, or can you stop long enough to see how ridiculous you're being?"

yup... that's the way to further a dialogue.

liberalism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, can help themselves.

*

Anonymous said...

neo: I help myself every day. For example, I helped myself to a good can of whoop-ass just now.

MMMMMMmmmmmm good.

Neo Conservative said...

*
"anon bleats... MMMMMMmmmmmm good."

sad... and lonely.

*

syncrodox said...

Anony

I'll continue this discussion by asking.

What do you think is your primary learning domain?

Affective? Psycomotor?....because it sure isn't Cognitive?

Self identify and I'll act accordingly.

As far as my assertions go...I might further elucidate if I figure it's worth the time and if I think there's a functioning brainpan on the other end.

Happy...happy..

Syncro