I'm doing a crappy job with my ninth graders. No matter what I do, I can't get them to shut up and work. And, for a few, their performance level is so low, I don't even understand how they made it to high school, especially since our wonderful mayor ended social promotion years ago.
Yet, in spite of this, there are people out there that think there has got to be a way to get them to pass algebra. The five month old baby can't learn to dance because he can't even stand, let alone walk which is the same as getting these kids to pass algebra when they don't understand basic arithmetic concepts.
I was told today that I have my finger on the pulse of the problem. Unfortunately, the patient is dying anyway.