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Someone said, "We need Doctors, Lawyers, and Indian Chiefs. But we desparately need Butchers, Bakers, and Candlestick Makers." I'm one of the older posters and remember when our school schedule had a break about the time of Thanksgiving to allow the farm kids to help gather the crop. NCLB pretends that all kids are exactly equal and all need the exact same education. IT'S WRONG!!! We had students that were the kids of the owners of very large farms. The math they needed was how many bushels of corn made a wagon load or how much cotton by volumn made a 500lb. bale. They didn't need Shakespear or Advanced Algebra. The kids that did, didn't need to know how a diesel engin worked or how much 13-13-13 was needed on a crop in July. When we started ignoring those facts of life and started pretending that the kids that could barely say his name was going to score the same as the son of the NASA person, we just stopped educating for the public good and started playing politics..... .
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  • libteacher I totally agree! I too have notice the same development in my school. The lay-off of the good and “caring” teachers who dared to do the correct thing the students needed. I am now left alone with the 7 students with severe disabilities, m...See More
    Nov 12, 2008 report post
  • frustrated It soooo depends on the class. Last year 93% of my kids were proficient or advanced in math on the state test. This year uh.. different story. I too feel like I am speaking in a foreign language to some of them. They brought no skills with them...See More
    Nov 8, 2008 report post
  • Ciarra .... > > No. It depends on the class. Last year I had a lot of low kids, and low > kids tend to stay low. Now I have a much higher class, and I can't > believe how much more these kids can do. It's apples and oranges. I'...See More
    Nov 7, 2008 report post
  • Tessa- FL On 11/04/08, Seriously here is the joke wrote: > Three years in a row in my former school fourth graders and fifth > graders actually declined on the state test. They showed no growth > improvements and these students were on grade level...See More
    Nov 5, 2008 report post
  • Seriously here is the joke Three years in a row in my former school fourth graders and fifth graders actually declined on the state test. They showed no growth improvements and these students were on grade level when they entered the third grade...ready for the joke, when ...See More
    Nov 4, 2008 report post
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