Why Johnny STILL can’t read
America has had some form of taxpayer-supported public education since the mid-1600’s and yet we are still having discussions about how best to educate our children.
Every teacher, in every classroom already knows which individual students are failing, and which are not.
Before we blame teachers for not effectively helping those failing students, we first need to ask if we are effectively helping the teachers.
I think the answer is no.
Why don’t we just trust our teachers with the resources to solve the problem of why Johnny can’t read?
The answer is that it is easier to paint all the children with the same broad-brush and provide uniform solutions based on uniform testing, than it is to do something meaningful for each unique student.
Principals; let your teachers bring their problems to you for help, without fear of a bad review.
Administrators; let your principals do the same.
We are not going to test, reward or punish our way out of our educational crisis.
We can only do so by starting with Johnny’s need to read.
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen
- Educational Inequalities Discussed (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- Teachers team for classroom retrospective (mysanantonio.com)
- Jim Horn: Proposed school reforms fail to address real issues (knoxnews.com)
- Rethinking Education Reform (indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)
- ‘Spotting’ Good Character (lastgirlonright.wordpress.com)
- ‘Spotting’ Good Character (curiousteacher.wordpress.com)
- “When Did We Get Stupid – Why Do We Still Let the Minority Tell Us What to Do?” (atcservices.wordpress.com)
- Susan Benner: Teacher effectiveness a reflection of training (knoxnews.com)
- Johnny Can’t Read (Because You’re Not Accommodating His Learning Style) (socalledcareer.wordpress.com)
- Leading article: Teachers who fail the three Rs (independent.co.uk)