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"If I were a parent, I wouldn't necessarily want more of the same from a school that has been failing to deliver. I think I'd want to get that flier saying my kid was eligible for these services."--Perhaps it not the schools that failing to deliver. Society, parents, testing, upbringing, and the kids themselves might have something to do with it.
Ironic, but the article's idea of tutoring and some of the actual situations that I personally know about are very different. Several districts are having trouble hiring tutors simply because they usually want teachers to do this immediately after school hours, and offer them almost nothing to do this, and then instead of "one on one" or "small group" tutoring, they dump a whole class of after school kids into one room and tell the teacher to "tutor" them. Now, why are so many kids staying after school to be tutored for no cost? Let's just say that it is the best baby sitters in the world. Don't believe me? Ask a few teachers that started this, only to find out what it really was, and couldn't wait to get out of it, and did. Again, what's the solution? I don't know, but I do know the more the politicians get involved with their grandiose ideas and often, mandates, the worse it gets for the people in the trenches.
If we applied the SES solution to hospitals, we would announce that doctors and hospitals are not performing well unless all patients are cured. If a diabetic fails to take his insulin, or if a patient refuses to keep to a diet, or take prescribed medication, never mind, it's the hospital and the doctor's fault. Then, in order to fix the failing hospital and doctors, we would force the doctors and hospitals to allocate some of their revenue to provide in home care with no accountability, supervision and no coordination with the primary care provider.
I get a kick out of the TV commercials for quick fixes and remedies to your child's problems where everybody is so happy and smiling and a miracle is going to happen. Take that super teacher that teaches one on one, and has the parent's paying a lot more per hour than they do at the public school, and put that teacher in front of a class of 30 underprivileged kids, and let's see the super duper results. It nauseates me every time I see this miracle while people bad mouth public education. Our kids got a GREAT education in the public school system, because they were dedicated to learning, and understood its value. Most kids that come through our public schools do have a decent education; ask them. And for heaven's sake, also find out WHY the kids who say they got screwed by a public education tell you their ideas as well. The first excuse you will hear is, well.... it wasn't my fault and then just keep listening until you are 100% sure why that kid struggled and please do ask them follow up questions. Let me know how that turns out for you.
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