Monday, October 26, 2009

Social Promotion Is Alive and Well In NYC


Mervin sits in class day after day and whines about not liking math and he refuses to do any work. Conversations with his mom have been futile I asked him today why he hates me, what is it about me that makes him not want to do any work. After much thought he said "Middle school. You weren't my teacher in middle school." When I asked him to explain he just said that I should check his record and I would find that he did not pass a single subject last year.

I have been trying to be a twenty first century teacher and use my data and I have been checking records on ARIS (even though I found out Principals get a bonus if a certain percentage of teachers sign on to this system and I hate helping them get money this way) but ARIS has no eighth grade records to check. Eighty billion dollars and the damn computer cannot hold a child's entire school record, amazing!

Bloomberg claims to have stopped social promotion. If that is the case, why is this kid dancing in high school now?

5 comments:

mathman42 said...

Thre are some 8th grade records in ARIS but not his actual class grades. They are available, but on a different data base. Our school has them, you might want to check if they are available to you.

Pissed Off said...

I'm going to ask tomorrow but since Principal reads this blog, he will probably let me know if records are available.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yes, there are 8th grade records for each of my students. You know what gets to me, too, is the fact that there are students who had 60% or less attendance in grades 8, and 9. Then as 10th graders, they can't do the math and are still using their fingers to add and subtract! What happened to the chancellor's regulation of a student passing the class and maintaing 90% attendance (C.R. A-501) in order to be promoted to the next grade?

Hey Bloomberg, I have a couple of math prodigies, maybe they can work for you in one of your mega-media empire.

Pissed Off said...

Maybe Bloomberg can feature them in one of his commercials on being the education mayor.

NYC HS History Teacher said...

I have kids who have 55's in all subjects except one (usually Phys. Ed) who I see (or don't see in my class everyday). I wonder when Bloomie ads say he "ended social promotion" when I have the data from his shill's program that tells me that isn't true.

Not that it matters, you can assume some of these kids only made it to high school because of grade flipping anyways. Another teacher here told me how when he went to graduation he saw five kids who he gave 55's, walk. Clearly there is corruption going on, and like the banking scandal that launched the recession, no one is doing anything about it.