A Teacher’s Perspective On School Reform

This point is significant because I think it explains the timing of Ms. Baker’s resignation. Not to slight the fine work of Brian Jones, but my take is that Ms. Baker missed the team that she and Mr. Nida had formed in expanding the number of charters while at the same time increasing the quality of school performance.

If the guardians don’t care, who will? Who will the children look to for answers? They can’t ask young people that are older than they are, because they have gone down the same worthless path.

Next, take a look at a baby. A baby is crawling everywhere. Why, then, do they start to walk? Does a teacher convince the baby of the comparative value of walking and then provide lectures on the mechanics? Usually, the baby (1) saw other people do it (2) took interest in the possibility that this will avail them of more stuff. They attempt, usually repeatedly. They refuse instruction, usually vigorously. And, they learn.

Neighborhoods should come together to learn about their neighbors and community. With technology exchange email and telephone numbers. Neighbors must not live in isolation. Parents should have email and telephone numbers of every parent in their child’s class or classes. Parents need to communicate more in the neighborhood. If situations are happening in the neighborhood that should be communicated to the neighborhood. The best neighborhood watch is email, text messages, visibility and cell phone numbers.

And as a result, more than 34 percent of American children enter kindergarten without the basic language skills they will need to learn to read. Despite the billions of dollars invested in remedial reading programs, those millions of children likely won’t catch up.

The president is going to mention education reform in his state of the union address tonight. He intends to put .4 billion into a dysfunctional system. All the money in the world will not fix this broken way we attempt to teach our children.

It shouldn’t have to be this way. With this system, the opportunity to succeed can be whisked away from a child before she even sets foot in a school.