By: Diane Benjamin
I was going to wait to post these letters until I received the Unit 5 emails. Since I may not see them until January, I’m going to post the letters now.
Standards Based Grading is making teachers, kids, and parents nuts. It proves why your kids should not be in the Public School system, experimenting with how to teach means a generation of kids receives a substandard education. The US used to lead the world in education, it is no longer in the top 10.
Common Core has made kids unfit for college – it’s almost like the Department of Education is trying to keep kids dumb. Of course we know uninformed populations are much easier to control, but I digress.
Note, the teachers are trying to teach but administrators are not listening!
The first letter is from the English Department at NCHS: English SBG feedback December 19-1
This 4 page letter describes what teachers are facing with this grading system. If kids aren’t graded on homework a lot aren’t going to do it. Kids who want to learn are held back by the ones who skate. Grades are arbitrary and don’t reflect what students really know. Parents can’t decipher them either.
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The second letter is from the NCHS Science department: NCHS Science SBG Concerns
This is a great letter that clearly details the problems they see coming when Standards Based Grading makes it to their department.
The third letter is from the Foreign Language Department at Normal West: NCWHS Foreign Language SBG Feedback
Side note: I’m told more teachers at Normal West are not speaking out because they are afraid of angering administration.
Quote: We are seeing our concerns play out in our classrooms, in our gradebooks, and our students’ lives. These concerns are affecting our morale. They are affecting students’ behavior. They are affecting our students’ grades.
Ask yourself why public education has devolved into torturing teachers, students, and parents.
School choice is the only answer. Parents should have vouchers to send their children to the schools of their choice. Teachers could be rewarded instead of lumped in with all the others – school would compete for your skills. Schools would have to compete with each other for students. That is the true “Race To The Top”.
Right now the only choice parents have is home school. If you want really smart engaged kids it is a must.
The school board isn’t listening either. I think video is needed of comments made before them. Let me know if you plan to speak at the next school board meeting, I will come film it. If more letters are floating around, please send them to me.