Ah Public School
This is long...I'm a little incensed at the public school right now and waiting to email the new teacher so my boilers get back down so I don't go off on her.
I know public school has many good points. And some kids fare way better than others and some school districts are way better than others. I do think it should be up to the state or the school district what methods they should teach, maybe even the individual school. As long as a fourth grader here is learning the same things as a first grader there, what's the difference?
I read a letter on the school web site for my daughter's district... I'm not allowed to get updates directly from the school unless court ordered because of my ex.
I found out that although the state of Nebraska is not complying with CC standards, the city my daughter lives in has no choice because they still haven't complied to the No Child Left Behind standards. They have until the end of this year to comply or the government will come in, fire all of the teachers, rehire their own teachers and they WILL be CC aligned period.
Now why wouldn't they just comply instead being subject to the takeover you may ask? Because they can't. Because the packing plant ships in Spanish speaking illegal immigrants by the greyhound bus full six times a year and the school is making the people already there learn Spanish instead the immigrants learning English, which is mesing up the test scores.
I wish I could get my daughter out of there..but I can't. She is old enough to decide but there's no way on this green earth she wants to live with me. And so starts another battle with a new teacher that's fresh out of college and is taught a parent (especially one six hours away) has no place in the school life of their child (but public schools can't work without parent involvement).
One of my old teachers says it's worse than the schools in the ghetto in Kansas City that he taught in just out of college.
It's reported that the school demographic is 90% Hispanic (In school I was literally told it was safer to say Spanish-speaking because if you called a Guatamalan Mexican or a Mexican Guatamalan the gang would come after you... and I had seen many of my friends get beat to an inch of their life for this mistake) 5% Somalian 5% White. In the middle of Nebraska.
I don't care what race you are. I really don't. But I find it ridiculous when the schools bend over backwards because the kids and parents can't or won't learn the language. They have been fighting government intervention since No Child Left Behind was inacted.
In my opinion, for the government to step in and say 'you don't have a choice' is bull. The place they should be stepping in is at the packing plant. My great-grandparents were immigrants at 50 years old and had to learn English before they could even get a job. It can be done.