Russ Gibb at Random

A Dearborn Teacher Writes

December 28, 2005

Dear Russ,

I have heard numerous times over and over from my administrator, Dr. John Burl Artis' concerns about the education here in our city are "numeracy and literacy". That's what I was told to focus on; a command from the powers that be.

Our math program is a joke. I would love for Dr. Artis to come in for a week into my classroom and see what I have to deal with on a daily basis. 3/4 of my class are reading way below grade level. They cannot read and understand the math program Dr. Artis HAD to have. And literacy? What a joke. Differentiated instruction is what we're told. 26 students in a classroom and we HAVE TO teach small groups at all times to ensure children are learning. Why? The data says so. That's what Dr. Artis and his crew have based their theories on. It's the data. "This is what research is showing". If that is the case, then why aren't we progressing farther?

Anonyous Educator in Dearborn

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