NM House: 3rd-graders who can't read ...

NM House: 3rd-graders who can't read will be retained

There are 9 comments on the El Paso Times story from Mar 1, 2011, titled NM House: 3rd-graders who can't read will be retained. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Third-graders who do not read proficiently would have to repeat that year of school under a bill approved today by the House of Representatives.

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Lone Ranger

El Paso, TX

#1 Mar 1, 2011
Educators' need to get back to the basic courses of teaching our children reading, writing and arithmetic obviously this is what our children need most, not a bunch of brain washing social experimentation.
my opinion

Farmington, NM

#2 Mar 1, 2011
" those who are learning English." This phrase alone means that 4th grade teachers will be coping with non-readers. They all need to stay back or put in a special class.
El Chuco

El Paso, TX

#3 Mar 1, 2011
You need to pass a bill for this?
This was the normal thing to do, but I guess in an age where the teachers can't speak proper English themselves......
look out

Roswell, NM

#4 Mar 1, 2011
I thought this was the norm also. Good they got this one right on. http://www.elpasoezads.com
Reality

El Paso, TX

#5 Mar 1, 2011
We regularly fail students - if the student's parent appeals to the school administration, they can demand that their child not be failed and held back. It is all a part of that disaster known as No Child Left Behind. The government has tied our hands in many ways and will not always allow us to teach in the most effective ways. Don't believe it? Apply for a substitute teacher job sometime and spend a few months dealing with what actually happens in public schools.
Grouchy One

Southern Pines, NC

#6 Mar 1, 2011
You are kidding, right? They are going to wait until the 3rd Grade? Why not 1st. They start learning to read there. And 2nd? they should have learned more by then. I think they are waiting way too long.
nohope

United States

#7 Mar 1, 2011
my opinion wrote:
" those who are learning English." This phrase alone means that 4th grade teachers will be coping with non-readers. They all need to stay back or put in a special class.
AMEN! well said. How can you allow someone who does not speak ENGLISH to move ahead ? If those that are speaking english now are not reading up to their potential then why would you allow someone who cannot even speak english to move ahead ? This bill that got passed needs to be redone.
writer

Denver, CO

#8 Mar 1, 2011
There is no money or room for this. Federal funds are drying up and the state is broke! Every school will have to hire an extra teacher to deal with the retentions, plus all the classroom space needed. Current intervention programs are either not rigorous enough or even existent,(otherwise the problem wouldn't exist) so there is another teacher/aide/specialist who needs to be hired. The classroom teacher does not have the skills/experience/training to deal with lower ability kids-go to the classroom and note they only work with those kids who are progressing. Teachers are also tied to teaching the one reading curriculum, not kids, for the sake of "fidelity" to the the program instead of the children.
Lastly, this came about because the state did not fight the federal No Child Left Behind Act which forced teachers to only teach to a test, not to abilities. Ever since A Nation at Risk 1983, government intervention to be better than other countries has hurt/reversed educational progress that other nations learned from OUR research, implement and mastered; and passed the US as the US was working to teach in a style similar to the 1950's model. The TEA party was created as a response to government intervention/meddling of our lives-please stand up to the hurtful, meddlesome intervention of the government in our classroom and let the teachers do their jobs-TEACH!
look out

Roswell, NM

#9 Mar 3, 2011
writer wrote:
There is no money or room for this. Federal funds are drying up and the state is broke! Every school will have to hire an extra teacher to deal with the retentions, plus all the classroom space needed. Current intervention programs are either not rigorous enough or even existent,(otherwise the problem wouldn't exist) so there is another teacher/aide/specialist who needs to be hired. The classroom teacher does not have the skills/experience/training to deal with lower ability kids-go to the classroom and note they only work with those kids who are progressing. Teachers are also tied to teaching the one reading curriculum, not kids, for the sake of "fidelity" to the the program instead of the children.
Lastly, this came about because the state did not fight the federal No Child Left Behind Act which forced teachers to only teach to a test, not to abilities. Ever since A Nation at Risk 1983, government intervention to be better than other countries has hurt/reversed educational progress that other nations learned from OUR research, implement and mastered; and passed the US as the US was working to teach in a style similar to the 1950's model. The TEA party was created as a response to government intervention/meddling of our lives-please stand up to the hurtful, meddlesome intervention of the government in our classroom and let the teachers do their jobs-TEACH!
No money and everybody is broke, staes and families. The families have to do their part. Start teaching at home. Spend a little time with your children. http://www.elpasoezads.com

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