When was the last time
you sat with a child who truly struggled with reading? Each time she
sat down to attempt a sound or a letter she would burst into tears and
say "I can't do this! I never will because I am a stupid girl?" Have you ever read a page in a book and the words on the page jumped around and you couldn't read it?
Bottom line: Nope. Nada. You clean teeth and fill cavities.
I'll be honest the issue is not teachers. First, the issue is funding.
The Reading Sufficiency Act has never been properly funded. How can
teachers "fix" the issue if they aren't provided the funds so the help
will become available.
Second, you have blindly avoided
research and discriminated against ELL students. Research shows that
it takes 8 years to become proficient in a new language.
Finally, you assume that disability means stupidity. Adults and
students know they have a learning challenge. They do not need the word
FAIL written across a grade level. They know each day what it means to
fail. However, these children who have the disability have such
gumption that they grow many levels within the school year, but not enough to
master your little Pearson test. Just fyi, 20% of the population in the US are considered disabled. If 33% of TPS students failed the test...you do the math, if you can, of which two categories primarily make up this 33%.
I'll be honest. I didn't
vote for you the first time. Sure don't plan on it this time, but this
time you made things personal. You told my students and my child with a
disability that they are worthless. They mean nothing but a cut score
of 23 or higher.
Do you know what I see? I see the child who
at age 3 cried herself to sleep because her mommy didn't know and
understand sensory processing disorder. I hear a child who meets with
her speech language pathologist each Tuesday read words for the first
time and then one day in the teachers lounge announces, "That says Open
Slowly." I see fighter who now sees herself as a reader, a writer, and
a learner. Why? Her teacher scaffolded and believed and worked.
Shame on you for belittling this little one's excitement because the
moment she saw the word FAILED she decided the fight wasn't worth it