Monthly Archives: March 2017

Literacy Leader Dr. Robert Needlman

Shouldn’t it be us the parents, guardians, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, or anyone who cares, to step up to the plate? We can not blame our teachers as a whole for the problems in the school system. Many of our children are out of control. They have no displine or perhaps no love from the ones they need it most.

Stronger schools often produce stronger students. Weaker students attending weaker schools will likely stay behind – and never catch up. Research shows that 88 percent of first graders who read below grade level will continue to do so in fourth grade and throughout their academic careers.

Making class X exams optional will mean that students who want to continue in the same school and do not need a CBSE certificate can choose not to appear for the boards. They will be judged on quarterly internal assessments. But students who want to move to another school after class X need to take the board exam.

Public schools are just that – public. By law, public schools must teach every student who walks through the door. Public school students are representative of the communities the schools serve.

The distribution of IQ scores provides some insight into this phenomenon. By definition, the distribution of IQ makes a nice bell curve centered over 100. However, the distribution of economic status within this bell curve is far from random.

Reading difficulty often leads to school failure. A recently-released study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that one in six children who are not reading proficiently in third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than proficient readers.

What we need is a nationwide, grassroots movement to force education reform. It’s time to be preparing students to be the future leaders of America and we need to be teaching them the needed skills.

The last obstacle was unity. The Democrats have it, we don’t. They put aside petty differences and fully support the ticket from top to bottom. There are too many “leaders” in the Republican party who fail to do that. No platform candidate should have to fight both Democrats and a good portion of the Republican party.