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There are not enough resources to give everyone a quality high school education, so parents are right to fear that making things more equitqable will take away from the best.
I regularly substitute for teachers who have well over 100 students--one French teacher has 180.
Teachers are given a little over 8 hours of time to plan lessons, assess students, and everything else each week.
If a teacher spends 10 minutes per student assessing their progress--grading their work and thinking about how to guide them, especially in writing, it takes twice the paid work time teachers are given to assess 100 students--and very few teachers only have 100 students.
And, teachers are livid at the combination of this workload and people who don't understand education talking about the quality of their teaching!
Here are my thouhgts:
If you overlook the fact that teachers are underpaid and overworked, facilities obsolete and uncomfortable, and resources from textbooks, to language labs, to computers, in short supply, we now fund education, make use of curricula and resources, and have the right to expect that a student can get a quality education if:
He or she is of normal intelligence, is an auditory or visual learner, is physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy, has parents who value education, can act as an advocate for their child when necessary, and can help their child with learning to write or afford tutoring.
Some students with disabilities, chronic conditions, emotional issues, and those whose parents cannot or will not help, get a quality education but, depending on the category, many or most do not.
There are not the resources to deal with all of the students who arrive in 9th grade ill prepared to learn, and there is no way to deal with students who have decided that education is a waste of time and/or a bad idea.
So, if I were a parent of a student in a PPS school, I would do everything i could to stop any reform.
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