Emphasis on education

Emphasis on education

There are 3 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Sep 4, 2009, titled Emphasis on education. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Photo: Education Secretary, Veronica GarcA a, announces results of 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress , Achievement gap, and 2008 cohort Graduation Rate for schools in New Mexico.

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just counting

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Sep 4, 2009
In Europe reading is not taught until children are about 8 years old. Europe has a very high literacy rate.
In US America children are expected to read in the first grade, in other words, parents are expected to send their children to school being able to read.
This might be a recipe for failure, even if, as a good parent, you may have actually read the three books a day from birth that is recommended.
The European system seems to yield a better result. In the US, a lot of children aren't ready to read in first grade even as one may expect, a lot of European children are not ready to read at 6 years old.
In Europe those children have extra time to learn. In the US those children have 'missed the boat' and whether or not they have some disability they are 'framed' as disabled by a school schedule that may in fact be inappropriate for their developmental level.

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Sep 5, 2009
Hmmmm I remember hearing this same "news" for most of my life. We keep slipping down in the rankings.
Why is it that we can not investigate teaching methods used by the "nations with successful" literacy scores who we are trying to catch up with?
Why is it that we can not use the proven methods of others who may not be "American"?
Why can the administrators and teachers not learn the successful or new methods and approaches?
Why can we not appropriate adequate funding for education instead of military?
Our children are still turned off by education. If the educational system cannot engage the interests of the children, the education system and the legislative budgets are at fault, not the student.
If we want our teachers to be able to teach, minimally, we have to have class size of UNDER 20 students per teacher, and have those students at a similar learning level, and adequate funding to support it.
Yes, for real education, money allocated, class size, and learning levels are the prerequisite to make learning to be possible.
Frustrated Teachers

Santa Cruz, NM

#3 Sep 5, 2009
You cannot blame a teacher for the education of the New Mexican and United States Child. New "guaranteed programs" are sold to administrators every year, sometimes mid year, and teachers are made to abide the curriculum. Each and every year it is something different, how can good veteran teacher not be frustrated by that process, and how can a new teacher not get frustrated by the new programs they have to learn every year + continue their own education? New teachers are the least tenured so must head up the multiple groups and clubs at a school and are often required to coach the sports teams. All people want the schools run like a business, but what happens when an employee does not perform, he or she is let go. In the schools these students are given more and more and are never held accountable. Get rid of these children that are causing trouble and hinder the learning of others. We do need laborers in this world, we can't all be professionals.

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