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Re: “Report Card Time

This is in response to several of the earlier comments. First in regards to placing the burden of responsibility on lower grade teachers and parents. There is a great deal of pressure under NCLB on lower grade teachers as there is on secondary schools- the biggest difference is that the Gateway is the students last chance, and they cannot graduate without it. Elementary level teachers do not operate under the pressure of it being a child's "last chance". But how could they? With a 29% graduation rate clearly MANY people have had an influence on the level of failure found in this system. As an elementary educator for MCS I have certainly never heard or believed that it is any other than a collective problem. As for the responsibility of parents, of course parents have responsibility for their student's achievement. Of course it is not only the teachers' fault. However, it is not useful to discuss the role of parents in regards to policy. Society cannot legislate parental involvement. It is out of the public's locus of control, and thus becomes moot in a discussion of what society must do to address this monumental problem. However, we must address it, for the safety future of these children and this city. Finally, in reply to the person who referred to TFA members as though they were simply coasting through to pad a resume. While I echo your concern that individuals invested in change for the long term is vital to changing this movement, please understand that these teachers are some of the hardest working individuals that I have ever encountered. They may not be heroes, but they are people who sacrifice an easy path to grad school and 70K salaries to stop and teach the children of Memphis and they have blown it out of the water.

Posted by Sarah Cowgur on 12/01/2008 at 9:42 PM


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