I’ve been doing classroom observations of different second grade classrooms during the ninety minute reading block, this past week–during naptime, on days where I have just a child or two at my place.
I have two words for you:
Make that eight words:
Maaai. Nnn. D. Nnn. Ummmm. B. Eee. Ng.
I totally respect what these teachers are up against, and what they do, with so few resources, and I should clarify that some teachers were better than others, but really, folks.
There has to be a better way to teach our young people.
I, for one, would last about two days in some of those classrooms before I lost my mind. Not to mention my will to live.
And I could see it in the eyes of the students in those rooms, too. Just doing their time. Because what else can you do?
But seriously, what else can we do? I am not asking a rhetorical question here. I would love to hear your solutions…
Home school them? I bet more than half those kids don’t even have two parents in the home, let alone one who can stay home full time to teach them. Today, 39 out of 40 students I observed in the Othello district were first or second generation immigrants. Their parents and many of them don’t even speak English–let alone read and write it. We need public schools. I’m not arguing that.
But we need more effective public schools.
Far more effective. And how do you fight the status quo? How do you even formulate a new theory to improve a system men and women have been trying to improve for hundreds of years?