Thursday, April 26, 2007
Six Year Plan
According to an article in today's Newsday, almost one-third of all NYC high school students are on a six-year track to graduate high school. This is great. Under Bloomberg-Klein tutelage, this is down from 44%. Still, too many kids left behind! Suburban and wealthier schools are doing better. Could this be attributed to smaller classes and better resources???? Could it be that suburban parents have more money available that allows them to hire private tutors? I have a friend in Hewlett whose son is a resource room kid with lots of problems. He has small classes. Because of this, his teachers always have time to contact his mom about potential problems. His school has on-line learning systems which can enable his teacher to check work done from remote areas. Not only don't NYC kids have access to this, teachers don't have access to in school computers. My school has a staff of over 300 teachers plus paras, school aides, etc. Our teacher center has FOUR computers!
To help NYC school kids stop lagging behind we need small classes. We need better resources and we need curriculum that are better suited to the needs of our students. Not everyone is meant for college and we have to stop pushing everyone in that direction.