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'Achievement gap' still dogs Palo Alto schools
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on Jun 22, 2010
Despite years of efforts to combat it, a long-standing academic achievement gap persists in Palo Alto schools. African-American and Hispanic students enroll in fewer high-level classes and perform significantly worse than their Caucasian and Asian peers on standardized tests, according to data to be reviewed tonight by the Board of Education.
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posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 9:49 AM
Posted by Perspective
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jul 3, 2010 at 5:54 am
To Educate Yourselves: What do you propose to do with kids who can not keep up in the regular classrooms by middle school, after having been fully mainstreamed and every chance given with after school programming and in-school psychologists and resource teacher support for 6 years, kindergarten through 5th grade?
Without Special Ed, do you propose to keep them as failures in the regular classrooms? If a kid is still reading at 3rd grade level, still cannot do basic math, and is in 7th grade..what, exactly, do you propose to do?
Stay and continue to fail, or give them a chance to succeed in a different environment, and get a chance to move forward in a different path?
How or why they got there is a different question, but their individual needs must be addressed or they will simply drop out and join gangs.
I know special ed extremely well...I, too, have noted that high preponderance of not just "colors", but boys, in special ed classes and with special ed support. Go check out the remedial classes this summer in the middle school. You won't be shocked. On the other hand, the rest of us are not surprised at the appalling lack of respect for the teachers and the anti-academic behaviors that are showing in the classroom. As others have said, the kids have to have many components to be able to learn..not only must they have the intelligence, which frankly most DO have that I have seen, they have to have the BEHAVIORS and ATTITUDES to go along with the intelligence to succeed in school.
Lots of reasons for poor behaviors, from medical like ADHD to cultural, like home/neighborhood environment, but the bottom line is if the kid can't or won't drink the water he is led to, nobody can force it down his throat and it lays the groundwork for ..special ed by middle school.
I have one of those kids...we as parents have been married his whole life, well educated, wealthy, highly involved in his life, done everything we can to support him and get him to drink from the water trough, but he was born fighting it from day one from his ADHD and basic rebellious personality, and regardless of what we have done, from school support to private support to meds to psych,..he still fails ( academically) in spite of being very intelligent.
Genetics? Certainly not environment. And in his class I see many with similar attitudes and behaviors, and also see that most of his class is comprised of non-white kids. All genetics? A higher percentage of "genetics" in some "colors" over others? Or do some environments produce these behaviors more than other environments?
I wonder if there will ever be anyone brave enough to study the offspring of single moms and see if there is higher preponderance of, for example, ADHD etc which leads to so many single mom kids( and adopted kids) being in special ed/resource by the time they are 10 and failing school.
At some point, we have to accept people for who they are, and stop trying to change them into some idea of what we want them to be.
So, off onto a different path we are heading for my son. No shame in it, simply trying to get him on a path of success..not everyone is meant to succeed academically. As my mother raised me to believe, an expert roofer or plumber who loves his job is as valuable and important as an expert doctor,..who do you call when your roof leaks or sink explodes in the middle of the night? Not a physicist.
As long as my son can choose something he loves to do and can do well, doing the best he can at it, and I can help him get there by whatever route it takes, I will be very happy for him.
And if non-college bound, special ed ( what we used to call "Vocational Ed" when I was growing up) is the route he needs..so be it.