I recently found out that the community colleges are raising requirements for incoming students. I shared the information with Mr. AP, hoping he would understand the importance of stressing algebra, rather than geometry with these kids and the importance of trying to move them ahead instead of trapping them in a cycle of endless repetition of the same course. Last year, he was pissed at me for passing kids that failed the geometry regents, even thought they were passing the class (I did this with principal approval) and repeating the subject would have done nothing for them. Grades are due this week and once again, I am dropping almost no one from my class. My Ouija Board is out of commission so I can't accurately predict my June results.
This is from his latest e-mail on the subject:
The state requirement sometimes has nothing to do with what is best for a student. Unfortunately or fortunately, we both work in a NYS high school. I wish I could do what is best for the students all the time.
Furthermore, the Geometry and Trigonometry Regents exam should be the basic requirement or exit exam for passing the course. You don't have to agree, but that is what it should be. We can't lower the standards anymore.
Have a nice week.
I don't believe I am lowering standards by passing kids who don't pass that ridiculous exam, especially when they only fail by a few points. The raw scores are so low anyway that what possible difference could it make if we even lower it? As for doing what is best for the student, I try to do that every day. I work in a NYS high school and that is my job.
Alex--I know you will have some nasty response to this, calling me an old teacher who is being reduced to nothing, to allowing myself to be humiliated but, I don't see it like that. You see Alex, no one is humiliating me. I'm not allowing Mr. AP, the principal, Bloomberg or Klein or anyone else to do that. I'm standing up and fighting for my students, fighting for what is right. I'm doing something that you have no clue about. Walking away would be humiliating. Walking away and letting them win would allow their abuses to win.
Alex, because of your negativity and because of your mentioning my real school in your comments, no comments will be printed here without my approval. And, Alex, don't bother writing as your comments will never appear again.