Sunday, March 01, 2009

Whose Fault is it Anyway?

President Obama states that parents need to improve at preparing their children for school. He also offers the hope of universal pre-school.
Elementary school teachers are recognizing that young students are coming to them with lower reading skills, fewer academic skills, and less independent.
Middle school teachers say they do their best with what they get. They used to get better readers, but now they arrive two or three grade levels behind.
High school teachers wonder what the middle school teachers do and wonder why we still hold to social promotion.
College professors send more than 1/3 of students into remedial coursework because the students lack the appropriate skills.

Jay Mathews covers the debate between "breadth or depth" in his WAPO column. More important than "breadth or depth" is skill and content mastery. In both scenarios we can overlook whether students actually perform the skill competently.

2 Comments:

At 5:21 PM , Blogger Ricochet said...

We are being told in high school to make the questions more rigorous - and the kids refuse to do the work, since they know the administration will make us pass them. Pfft!

 
At 7:21 PM , Anonymous Jeremy said...

In my opinion, it all starts at home. From day one, parents NEED to be involved in their child's education. The learning should not be confined to the classroom. I recently posted on this topic in my blog. I wish there was a higher level of parental involvement for student's at my school. I really feel that it would make a huge difference in our overall school performance.

 

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