Schools won’t improve, a Florida teacher argues, unless there are alternative classes or activities ”for those who don’t care to learn or can’t, or won’t, let anyone else learn.” Until these needs are addressed,” writes Junie Rabin in the Sun Sentinel “do not expect changes in drop-out rates or second-class education. Forget your headlines promulgating new accountability standards, forget “no child left behind,” forget bonuses and self-serving plaques on the wall.”
Rubin cites a familiar litany of issues–indifferent students who are not academically prepared, but have been passed along, for example–but the worst, she says are the disrupters “who turn the best lessons into a fiasco. Equally impossible is transferring them out. Evaluate my performance, how I inspire my students, with the addition of the new parolee whose judge decreed he either goes back to school or back to jail,” she writes.
One wonders what Ms. Rubin would make of this New York Times editorial.