kitchen table math, the sequel: to do

Sunday, January 21, 2007

to do



"If students need distributed practice, parents can find worksheets online."
Irvington math chair - 12/13/2006
$19,000 per pupil spending
$22,000 per pupil spending [update: 9-1-07]

$25,000 per pupil spending [update: 5-13-2008]
$26,718 per pupil spending [update: 4-5-2009]
$27,722.32 per pupil spending school year 2009-2010 [update: 6-1-2009]
$28,300 per pupil spending school year 2009-2010 [update: fall 2009]


keyword: todo

7 comments:

Joy said...

And the parents who don't have easy internet access and/or search skills are going to.......?

Catherine Johnson said...

excellent question

what precisely are those parents going to do?

answer: those parents are not going to have children in the class

Catherine Johnson said...

I have now pointed this out MORE THAN ONCE.

I have explicitly pointed out that we don't have a single black child taking this class.

They don't care.

I thought I was bringing out the big guns, PLAYING THE RACE CARD.

nope

They could care less if any black child in Irvington ever takes algebra in 8th grade.

Afterwards I realized that's because they could care less if any white child in Irvington ever takes algebra in 8th grade.

Catherine Johnson said...

It's always worse than you think.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the elementary school principal at our school who said, "If parents don't think we're teaching their kids the right things in the curriculum, they should feel free to teach it at home." Oh, thanks for the permission. (And this was before parents could even find any information on the school's curriculum online -- anywhere else.) It IS always worse than you think.

Catherine Johnson said...

I should give the context of this remark.

The context was the math chair insisting that if C. didn't "come in for extra help" there was nothing she could do.

We said C. had come in for extra help every single week last year from February through June and it hadn't helped.

Then we said that Ms. K had repeatedly told C. not to come in for extra help "if he understood the material" but that we had sent him anyway.

Finally I said, "He doesn't need extra help. He needs extra practice. He needs distributed practice."

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the elementary school principal at our school who said, "If parents don't think we're teaching their kids the right things in the curriculum, they should feel free to teach it at home."

So, why send them at all? For some parents, public school is their only option. Public school has quite a racket going. There is government-enforced participation, and they try to get rid of the competition, so they'll always have plenty of customers.

The surrounding community is forced to subsidize these schools, regardless of whether they actually utilize them and regardless of performance. At least the federal government has the option of whether to subsidize underperforming schools, as imperfect as the system may be.