Monday, April 29, 2013

"No rich child left behind"

On another post Anonymous wrote:

*New Post*

NYT Article: "No Rich Child Left Behind"

This article brings to mind PPS administration's misplaced focus on race, when it should have been on parental income. Given how much money, planning, training, money, effort and money spent implementing "Couragious Conversations", it makes me wonder how things might have been different if those efforts and monies extended services (tutoring, truly healthy breakfasts/lunches, parent training offerings, expanded head-start, etc) for those children in need, in lieu of "unpacking White Privilege".


Anonymous said...

Research is abundantly available that takes an entirely different position on the theories in this article.

Certainly this article is also challenged, astutely, by many of the bloggers' comments that follow the article.

The question that is not addressed in the article is: What is the purpose of schools that are unable to educate children who do not have money? Education should be the great equalizer providing the necessary resources, skills, and knowledge for children whose families are not in a position, for whatever reason, to do so.

It seems that schools have no real capacity educate anyone who has no money. Oh my! Then why do we need schools?

Anonymous said...

@anon 10:24

What abundant research are you referring to that is contrary to the original poster's take on the article? Are you suggesting that adults having "courageous conversations" is having a positive impact on students' learning?

It seems to me that scores have declined since the Courageous Conversations initiative and money could have been more effectively spent addressing students' needs.

Anonymous said...

If one reads the article one discovers what is already known by qualified educators. People not living in poverty have the ability to prepare kids to be school ready to learn. Good prenatal care, eating healthy food, exposure to the printed word in first year of life, parental interaction, infants exposure to higher level vocabulary, exposure to stimulating academic activities insure kids are ready to learn. What I find interesting is many of these can be accomplished by people who are poor. If people were provided this info and trained how to implement the easy steps, many poor kids could be ready and able to learn. Instead of torturing teachers and wasting money on teacher
evaluations, a program to train young parents could solve the racial
achievement gap. Focus on the parents and infants and watch the miracle