We asked our teachers to respond to two questions to find out what they think about their school’s problems:
- Why do you think your school received a failing grade?
- What would improve your school’s grade?
Their answers may surprise you…
Why do you think your school received a failing grade?
- No consequences: There are no real consequences for failing tests, misbehavior, or most anything else
- Entitlement: Children have a sense of entitlement, they want things given to them without having to work for them
- Lack of parental involvement: Some parents do not care about how or what their kids do in school
- Learning is not a priority: Many kids do not care about learning or passing exams
- External burdens: Students who aren’t well-fed or well-rested cannot perform well in the classroom
- Low expectations: When parental expectations are low, many students don’t feel the need to strive to reach them
- Poor social skills: Students who are unprepared to deal with school educationally, emotionally, and socially deal with conflict and other social situations poorly
- School ends with the bell: Teachers cannot positively influence their students’ lives outside of school
What would improve your school’s grade?
- A dramatic reduction of the number of serious behavioral incidents in the classroom
- Consequences for students with serious discipline problems
- Administrative and political understanding that children are variables, not widgets. There is no “typical” timeline for English language learners and special education students.
- Children who are there to learn need to be protected from constant behavioral interruptions to their learning
- Parental accountability needs to be taken into account along with test scores