Most Texas public schools are little more than stressful child care centers for the last 6 + wks of school. All the TEKS have been studied and the STAAR tests taken in April. Only retests are given after the STAAR to students who have faild the STAAR Math and/or reading test.
What is the rest of the school doing while STAAR retests are given?
This will change when enough parents demand a quality education for their children. This takes a lot of involvement from parents. Every school district is different and has its own special needs. A local parent organization is a very good place to start if changes are to be made. Parents need to know what is going on in the classrooms of their children. All parents can make a contribution and I do not mean money. Some can volunteer to visit classrooms and help students with reading, math, science, etc…. Other parents can volunteer to do student tutoring in the afternoon. The stronger the local parent organization, the faster the quality of the education of students will improve. Be informed about the rules set in Austin. Be informed about how your school district is spending money. Make the school board and administrators more accountable.
Parents must start being involved in the curriculum being taught. Since the Texas legislature voted to “give away” the Texas education system with Senate Bill 6, school administrators can purchase anything and teach it to your children. Schools in Texas no longer have to provide textbooks because of SB6.
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Math has been convoluted with alternative methods for basic operational skills. For example:
Megan has 372 buttons. She used 14 buttons to make a collage and 49 buttons to make an ornament.
How many buttons does Megan have now?
Step 1. 372 – 14 = 358 buttons
Step 2. 358 – 49 = 309 buttons
Megan has 309 buttons left.
Step 1. 14 + 49 = 63 buttons used
Step 2. 372 -63 buttons = 309 buttons left.
Megan has 309 buttons left.
Instead of using either of the two previous example, children are being taught to use this method for solving this problem.
Step 1. Add 6 to both 372 and 14, which changes these number to 378 and 20.
378 -20 = 358 buttons
Step 2. Add 1 to 358 and 49 to change the numbers of 359 and 50 .
359- 50 = 309 buttons left.
The point is that by adding the same number to each number doesn’t change the difference between them but makes it easier to find the difference.
While this is mathematically correct, children are confused and as a results they cannot work this problem.
Texas is sacrificing the education of their children in the name of “rigor.” Confusion is being mistaken as rigor.
Parents, if you cannot understand the math assignment brought home by your elementary children, know that something is wrong with the curriculum being used at the school.
Does your school district have new worktext? These are books with information and tear out pages to turn in.
If so, The State Board of Education has not reviewed and approved any of the books. The SBOE only reviews Text books. Not workbooks. Has your school district purchased instruction materials that have not been approved by the state board of education? If so why? Do administrators and school board members receive some kind of perks for purchasing these unapproved workbooks from different publishing companies? Did you know that school districts must sign a contract to continue to purchase these worktexts for 7 years. Yes, your superintendent and school board have locked you into buying unvetted materials for 7 years. Why have our administrators become so untrustworthy? When there is no one in charge–no checks and balances on finances–when title money is too freely obtained with little accountability– education is not top priority. One tell tell sign of a corrupt system is when tax monies start being used to pay for personal things, such as fees to private organizations. The Texas Association of School Administrators receives multi-millions of dollars of school taxes each year for the membership fees of school administrators. Even more money is given to the Texas Association of State Boards.
Texas administrators no longer serve the people in their community, instead they serve a private organization called TASA and TASB.
You cannot make all the necessary changes over night. But the biggest change that will immediately make the most difference is to opt your children out of the STAAR/EOC tests immediately. Also, make it clear that you do not want any data about your child shared with anyone with your written permission.
Stop the STAAR/EOC testing and TEA representatives take off their goosestepping Nazi boots and get down to the real problems in education. TEA and the commissioner of education will start asking the ESCs some tough questions, such as what happened to the millions of dollars you cannot find records for.
Public school needs to be a place for educating children, not just a quicky preparation for the STAAR and then let teachers figure out what to do with the kids the remaining weeks.