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hopeful for the future

El Dorado, AR

#1 Mar 30, 2012
I am thrilled that the Literacy Chair of El Dorado School District has resigned. I just hope that the Board will find someone who is knowledgable about literacy K-12 and will do something beside harass teachers to "teach only to the test". Literacy is SO much more than the Arkansas Benchmark. I realize that schools must meet standards, but they can do that while teaching skills that our students will use and need after high school. Come on School Board....hire someone that will ensure the students have a well rounded literacy education while making the El Dorado Promise really worthwhile. Too many students have to take remedial classes when they start college because they lack the necessary skills to be successful.
SMH

El Dorado, AR

#2 Mar 30, 2012
I am thrilled also. I have personally waited for this day for years. That woman was never truly qualified but used other means to get and keep that job. She was part of the reason I took my kids out of the El Dorado School District and felt that they could do better without that promise.
Maybe now, the kids will learn more and those teachers will have more flexibility in their teaching.
First Walters, and now this? The tide is finally turning...
Parent

El Dorado, AR

#3 Mar 30, 2012
With who is rumored to have been hired for the position, I wouldn't bet on any changes for the benefit of the children.
hopeful for the future

El Dorado, AR

#4 Mar 31, 2012
Who is rumored to be up for the position? Can it possibly be worse!!
SMH

El Dorado, AR

#5 Mar 31, 2012
I haven't heard, but I'm not holding my breath either. They will have a hard job digging out of the mess that SHE left the kids in!

Since: Mar 12

United States

#6 Mar 31, 2012
FYI...students aren't just taught testing skills. The skills they're taught are mandated by the the ADE, but don't YOU study for a test according to how it's taught? There's nothing wrong w/designing tests in the same format as what the state test will be! You want kids to fail?! And I'm pretty sure ONE person in this district is not solely responsible for the state of ALL the students! Just b.c a person holds a position & doles out ideas does not mean those ideas are implemented. Maybe if some WERE doing what those in leadership positions suggest, some students woukd be doing better!!
SMH

El Dorado, AR

#8 Mar 31, 2012
Exactly. They let someone that was underqualified and grossly lacking in experience attempt to do the job for too many years at the expense of those students. The new principal was a bit smarter than Walters was and didn't listen to her excuses or cover for her when it came time to answer to Billingly or Watson. Not that they really care, except that the school is in serious trouble and money is at stake. The students are never considered and that has been the sad part in all of this.
actually

United States

#9 Apr 1, 2012
BlueSunny wrote:
FYI...students aren't just taught testing skills. The skills they're taught are mandated by the the ADE, but don't YOU study for a test according to how it's taught? There's nothing wrong w/designing tests in the same format as what the state test will be! You want kids to fail?! And I'm pretty sure ONE person in this district is not solely responsible for the state of ALL the students! Just b.c a person holds a position & doles out ideas does not mean those ideas are implemented. Maybe if some WERE doing what those in leadership positions suggest, some students woukd be doing better!!
Actually, they wouldn't be. Teachers waste students' time by preparing them for a one-time test than preparing them with the common sense and essentials needed in order to live in the real world. These bs tests are killing our society.

Since: Mar 12

United States

#10 Apr 1, 2012
"Waste students' time"?!! So you'd rather they weren't prepared at all for what they'll see on the test?! THAT'S a GREAT idea! Perhaps then we'd have a ZERO passing rate!! If the TEST is everyone's problem then perhaps you should be contacting the ADE & not bashing people whose lives & jobs you obviously don't really know about!
Eleanor Roosevelt

United States

#12 Apr 1, 2012
BlueSunny wrote:
"Waste students' time"?!! So you'd rather they weren't prepared at all for what they'll see on the test?! THAT'S a GREAT idea! Perhaps then we'd have a ZERO passing rate!! If the TEST is everyone's problem then perhaps you should be contacting the ADE & not bashing people whose lives & jobs you obviously don't really know about!
Or maybe they should just be taught how to read and write and comprehend information in general. The point of the test isn't to examine whether or not the district makes adequate copies of the previous years' Literacy EOC. The point is to assess whether or not students are learning.
I know from experience that students learn little more than testing vocabulary and how to write Open Responses.
actually

United States

#14 Apr 1, 2012
Eleanor Roosevelt wrote:
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Or maybe they should just be taught how to read and write and comprehend information in general. The point of the test isn't to examine whether or not the district makes adequate copies of the previous years' Literacy EOC. The point is to assess whether or not students are learning.
I know from experience that students learn little more than testing vocabulary and how to write Open Responses.
I agree. To the idiot you responded to: yes, waste students' time. How about educate students in life-related events? Work on appliances, learn the importance of credit, change a tire, calculate interest, learn the importance of voting and devoting time to your local community, become entrepreneurally independent, etc. Yeah, your ideas is exactly what builds successful futures: passing tests. What a joke!

It's good to see we have some rationale in the classrooms. Thank you, Eleanor.
Just Curious

El Dorado, AR

#15 Apr 1, 2012
What could possibly be the reason or need to bus the kids off campus?
Hmmmmmm

El Dorado, AR

#16 Apr 1, 2012
Maybe somebody knows too much about what is going on at Barton and with the test-Blue Sunny!
South Arkansas

El Dorado, AR

#17 Apr 1, 2012
Let's bash the teacher for the students low scores it is always the teachers fault and the school. Look where the kids live in El Dorado a town full of dumbasses! Really look at the people that get on topix that explains a lot and they wonder why their children are not smart!!! Hmmmmm......let me give you a hint GENETICS! The smart kids are going to pick it up and do good on the test the not so smart kids are not that is just a fact! You can teach until you are blue in the face but sometimes the kids just do not have the brain power to get it!
The damn truth

El Dorado, AR

#19 Apr 1, 2012
There are only a few students that have parents that push the kids to be all they can be. The rest come from families that dont give a damn. Look around this town and you wont have to look far to see that it is overrun with trashy savages that abuse the welfare system and that same pattern is passed on to there children and then dumped in the teachers lap. These teachers are then expected to perform the impossible task of turning these little savages into productive citizens knowing damn well the kids will end up just like the parents after all. You can thank our government for developing this sorry way of life. The teachers should be praised and appreciated for having to put up with such horseshit.
South Arkansas

El Dorado, AR

#21 Apr 1, 2012
poor thing wrote:
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Are you drunk or high? No one said anything about any of what you just brought into this. We are all (for the most part) ecstactic about that fake face, fake body, fake brain, fake ev-er-y-thing... that had Walters, and therefore Watson SNOWED! Now that Walters is gone she has not a damn thing to stand on. These kids all have potential if the school cared and did for them like a LEGETIMATE school did without teaching towards the test, promoting the athletics, and BS'ing those that matter. The students. They are not prepared for college. None of them.
Let me tell you my son went K- 12 in El Dorado always scored advanced on the benchmark, made a 32 on his Act in 11th grade, graduated with a 3.9, played sports. I must say he did not pay attention like he should in class because that was what all the teachers complained about! He was smart so he got it some kids cannot just a fact! I would say El Dorado prepared him for college because he has a 3.8 at the U of A and is in his 3rd year! So whether they are teaching for the test whatever they are doing apparently works for the kids that are capable of learning! I know kids that go to smaller schools that do not offer the classes El Dorado does and they score high on their test and have high GPA's in college! Some kids have it some don't it doesn't matter where they go to school, who their teachers are etc.....
SMH

El Dorado, AR

#22 Apr 1, 2012
But Still..., There are a few of us, and we try! Even if it means getting away from the "El Dorado Promise" and the Literacy Person we do not have to deal with now. My biggest hope is that the people in charge understand that this is not working. Just like everyone that has been teaching has been saying.
Parent

United States

#26 Dec 17, 2013
SMH wrote:
I am thrilled also. I have personally waited for this day for years. That woman was never truly qualified but used other means to get and keep that job. She was part of the reason I took my kids out of the El Dorado School District and felt that they could do better without that promise.
Maybe now, the kids will learn more and those teachers will have more flexibility in their teaching.
First Walters, and now this? The tide is finally turning...
I wish someone would tell me under what circumstances Walters left and what "other means" this lady used to get and keep her job.
actually

United States

#27 Dec 18, 2013
Actually I am a stupid freaking moron with a sixth grade education!! The only reason I made it to the sixth grade level was they burned the school house down to ger me out of the fifth grade. Now you know what a ignorant moron I actualy am.
well

Chicago, IL

#28 Dec 18, 2013
Has it occurred to you, lady, that Mr. Walters is probably aware of your activities by now, and that in a town of less than 150 people he has a good idea who you are? You may be hearing from him and/or an attorney soon.

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