Schools know kids need help. Academic intervention is the buzz expression going around at the moment. But, what is academic intervention without the necessary services to remedy the problems? How often can parents be called and told their child is failing when we have no solutions to end the failing? How often can a parent be told their child is not doing homework when they are at their wits' end trying to get them to do homework? How often can two teachers discuss Johnny's inability to read without having a way to teach him to read?
I'm sick of data and I am sick of talking about problems. I want real academic intervention. I want smaller classes. I want counseling. I want individual instruction for the kids that need it. I want a place to sit and work with problem students. I also want an end to all war, to stop world hunger and to clean up the oil in the Gulf. I want everyone to stop dumping on teachers and blaming us for all that ails the school system. None of these things are going to happen. Talk is cheap. Talk does not solve problems.