Monday, June 26, 2023

A Rough Road Ahead

 I just read an article saying that math and reading scores are at their lowest since 1990 for the average 13 year old.  Well, 1990 was the year I started teaching. I had a PPT certificate , which was a temporary license to teach basically anything. I had five preps my first year and I was teaching reading, math and social studies to 7th and 9th graders in a junior high in the South Bronx. Most of the kids did struggle, but they all tried. I remember setting up a reading lab with plants, bookshelves, club chairs and tons of high interest novels. I had some great success with those students. Skip forward 33 years and things are so bad that they are unbelievable - Politicians and the media would like you to believe that it was the lockdown that caused it. It’s not,  it’s cell phones and the decline of civilization.

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