Emily was such a darling; she had everything it took to qualify as a teacher’s pet. Everything except brain power! However, Emily and I could work around that. I just gave her things she could do with just a little stretching sometimes. She worked diligently at all of it. So, of course, I gave her A’s and B’s. I was just trying to grade her equitably. Just fudge a little on the grade scale; okay, maybe I fudged more than a little. After all she would never aspire to a quality job. She would be happy sorting thread colors, or whatever.
It would work out. It would “work out” until it wouldn’t.
Emily moved to a new school. One which was not so progressive. They apparently had standards upon which to give grades because within a few days, a teacher (or principal) called be to say that Emily was not performing in their school as well as they expected. Could I give them more information about her ability to achieve what I had led them to expect?
Now you know another reason I am not swayed by the Biden administrations push for equity.
Oneta, it’s so hard to know how much extra help to give a student. Some will accept that extra help and take off, and others will grow dependent and “entitled.” I’m glad you gave a humble example of your own mistakes as a reason for your political position. (People mean well, and a lot of things look really good on paper, but… 😒) There will be those who disagree with you, but they can’t accuse you of arrogance.
Thank you for your attention to my blog and your understanding of my position. I taught Primary – junior high in the sixties, seventies, and early eighties. Looking back I see how so much damage has been done by practices that became the trend in education during those years. I was a “lead” teacher in a lot of ways; I share the blame. If there is any glory, I share that also, but sadly, my judgment is that there were few positive trends. Except for integration. I am ever so thankful for that progress. But the CRT stuff now is canceling out a lot of those benefits. By the way, I notice on your blog that you always address the people who leave comments by their names. I would like to do that also, but
dear seeking divine perspective, seems a bit impersonal. I appreciate your reading and commenting on my posts. Thanks, again.