1995 Woodford County (KY) Middle School Accelerated Language Arts unit
An eighth grade "Creative Enrichment-Language Arts"
at a small middle school in horse country in central Kentucky...
To the Editor:
I marveled at the range of opinions that learned people gave about the reasons for the racial gap in test scores. Reasons mentioned in your article included our struggling economy and “an increase in fatherless black households.” In other words, they blamed the students and their families.
But one cause the article did not mention is the elephant in the room when it comes to education: racism. As an elementary educator, I’ve seen both systemic and situational racism work actively against my students of color.
It’s not until these elusive beasts are acknowledged and dealt with honestly that true educational progress for all of our students will occur. Perhaps New York City schools, instead of the tired “blame the students” mentality, need to look at themselves first.
Beaverton, Ore., Aug. 16, 2010
|Sen Bonamici |
OPB | January 14, 2010 | Portland, OR
A report evaluating state education practices across the nation gave Oregon a C-minus. Ryan Knutson reports.
Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report ranked Oregon’s overall K through 12 education a little below other states – except in its efforts to improve teaching.
In that category, Oregon got an F -- ranking dead last - #51, out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The report says Oregon has poor teacher accountability, training and incentives.
Vickie Chamberlain is the executive director of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, which sets those policies that were rated poorly. She says Oregon just does things differently than the report suggests, not worse.
Vickie Chamberlain: “They can’t cite data or research that supports that doing it that way is better than how we’re doing it. It’s their collective opinion.”
Oregon’s overall grades were about the same as in 2009.