Blog Response #5

Blog Response #5


Title of Post:  That They Should Wear Our Colors There...




Mr. Thompson commented:  "Chris says that his school will have to push aside important things to prepare students to pass high stakes tests. What an amazing admission of failure on his part. Is that because his students arrive at his school way way behind? If so what are the feeder schools doing to fix that? Or do the students fall behind when they get to his school? I spent 9 years teaching in private schools and never saw more than a handful of students need extra help to pass high stakes exams. Get extra high scores sure but not just to pass. Is the falure on the part of students, parents, teachers or some combination?"


My Response:

Teaching in a private school is much different than teaching in a public school. I've been in both. As a whole, the students in each type of school come from incredibly different backgrounds. Students at private schools have the money to afford to go there. This typically means the parents have a good education and also care about their children's education (or else they wouldn't be willing to fork over the moo-lah!), want their children to succeed, and maybe the most important part, there are two parents in the household. Whether both parents work, or the family is able to afford to have one parent stay home, the environment tends to be healthy and the teacher is not the only person emphasizing education.  The foundations and opportunity to succeed is present.

On the flip side, students who attend urban public schools usually do not have a healthy environment to rely on. Parents are working long hours to make ends meet, or perhaps the home is broken and there is only one parent. In these situations, the emphasis of learning is not always there.  Thus the responsibility falls on the teacher to show the student that education is important as well as giving them the foundation to succeed. Now, instead of one-or how about a handful-of students who need that guidance, with little to no help from the parents mind you, add around 25 more students (per classroom that is). See the problem?

I am not saying parents and culture are the entire problem, but it is a big issue that needs to be addressed. If anyone can provide a solution to how public schools can change the negative affects of broken homes, a parents' involvement in their child's education, or the values the community has, education may be perceived as more "successful" no matter what your idea of a successful educational system is.

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