- Replace the principals and half their teachers.
- Convert into charter schools.
- Close their doors.
- Replace the principal and improve the school through curriculum reform, training for educators, extending learning time and other strategies.
Nevertheless our nation's leaders, and many of the constituents they serve, seem determined to punish teachers for choosing to teach in the wrong place.
My daughter is in the sixth grade. From her earliest ages, she has been read to, had rich life experiences, a good diet, regular bed times, and protection from experiences she is not cognitively and emotionally ready for. Compare that to many of the sixth graders I teach who have very limited exposure to rich vocabulary and educational experience, who stay up till all hours tending to themselves, who have been watching violent and sexual movies since they were infants, and whose diet is primarily provided by Frito-Lay. To think that, on the whole, these two sets of life experiences will produce equal academic results is blindly idealistic. Yet, our nation seems determined to punish the principals and teachers of these inner city schools for not magically compensating for the different circumstances of these children.
However, my more immediate question is : Here in Utah, which would our legislature prefer? To see ANOTHER swipe taken at our public schools? Or the chance to take up the "posture" of Utah thumbing their nose at the Federal Government?
Both good choices from their vantage I am sure.