As a former educator at one of the "failing middle/high schools" I can say the current system is completely ineffective in many areas - elementary schools need to be under tighter control - as the article pointed out the feeder schools are failing, then sending students on to high schools, who are then failing - how does a high school teacher combat 8+ years of "maleducation" (think malnutrition, but apply it to education - they aren't getting what they truly need).
On top of that, NCLB and AYP allows students to be "passed up" due to their age--- yes there are 15 years olds who can't/haven't passed 6th grade being put up to 7th grade. A year or two go by, they can't pass 7th grade (how could they, they couldn't pass 6th) and they are then passed on to 9th grade - where guess what THEY CANNOT PASS!! And we wonder what's going on and why children are failing and dropping out, on top of why are schools are being "put on the list."
I quit this past year because a senior student failed my English class, took a course recovery program offered called PLATO, and passed the PLATO - however he didn't maintain the grade he needed for the PLATO to apply YET he was allowed to graduate and walk across the stage with everyone who achieved that milestone legitimately! So, we've passed another child who did't deserve it. I thought NCLB was a way to make sure kids got their education - apparently that means (at least some MCS schools behave as though it does) we spoon feed them their education and pass them on at a huge disadvantage... legally perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
By Chris McCoy
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