Academic alarm -

There are 4 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 10, 2007, titled Academic alarm -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

An analysis of Maryland's High School Assessments shows that too many African-American students in suburban schools are in serious danger of not graduating because they have not passed the required tests.

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1966 gradute-BPI

Baltimore, MD

#1 Sep 10, 2007
Please explain this statement.

"The results should also serve as a stark reminder to educators around the state that there is still a lot of work to do to ensure that all students have a fair chance to fulfill graduation mandates."

I graduated from Baltimore City Public School System in the mid 1960's and I don't understand how your editorial writer arrived at this statement. ALL students are given the same chance for success within all local school systems. If the student choices to not take advantage and actively participate in a positive manner in his/hers own education, he or she is not going to be prepared to pass these very "low expectation" tests. How can you blame the system for one group’s failure to achieve when the other groups attending the same system are succeeding?

Maybe it's the STUDENTS not the system!
xyz

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Sep 10, 2007
The people who failed will always blame someone else and never themselves.
1966 gradute-BPI wrote:
Please explain this statement.
"The results should also serve as a stark reminder to educators around the state that there is still a lot of work to do to ensure that all students have a fair chance to fulfill graduation mandates."
I graduated from Baltimore City Public School System in the mid 1960's and I don't understand how your editorial writer arrived at this statement. ALL students are given the same chance for success within all local school systems. If the student choices to not take advantage and actively participate in a positive manner in his/hers own education, he or she is not going to be prepared to pass these very "low expectation" tests. How can you blame the system for one group’s failure to achieve when the other groups attending the same system are succeeding?
Maybe it's the STUDENTS not the system!
Drew

United States

#3 Sep 10, 2007
This sad trend bubbles all the way to college. Most of the ones lucky enough to attend college end up in remedial math which is set up to make them catch up with math starting from the 11th grade. The problem is that many manage to fail those remedial courses and end up dropping out. I can see the point from the previous posters about where the blame should be but unfortunately the problem is much larger and deeper than what the students can do or want to do. I am certain that some of the problems stem from teachers that are not prepared for the subject matter themselves.
Once I applied to teach math for Baltimore City but I got turned down because I have two masters degrees in hard sciences such as engineering; they wanted someone with an ed degree to teach math. I hope that now you understand the problem. How can you teach kids math and the teacher can't even relate what to use math for in real life? Teaching subjects in a vacuum is not the answer.
Drew
Truth

Auburn Hills, MI

#4 Sep 11, 2007
Those tests aren't that hard. My kids attended public school and passed all of them in the 7'th grade.

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