Interesting responses in Paul Soglin’s blog to a piece by Marc Eisen in a publication of the right wing supported WPRI.
Filed under AMPS, Best Practices, Local News
Educator Audrey Soglin writes of Marc Eisen’s post, “I think he is concerned that the bright kids are challenged, presented with a rigorous curriculum and held to high expectations, which is what all kids need. I guess he is saying that it is not possible to have this kind of education these days because of the types of students in public schools now. The kind of kids and this “politically correct” curriculum that he refers to is the reason why the quality of education has suffered. I would say that this is a pretty simplistic viewpoint.”
She goes on to list these items needed for today’s teachers in today’s public schools:
— A rigorous curriculum that has enough “stretch”,
— Best practices around instructional strategies.
— Effective professional development;
— Mentoring for new teachers.
— Data available to teachers and principals that can effectively guide instruction in diverse classrooms (disaggregated)
— Time for collaboration and team teaching
It would be so much more useful to schools, students, families and the larger community to focus on how to deliver these essential components to school staff and leadership, rather than picking at which particular reading strategy or which “type” of learners are put in particular classes. EVERY student and every teacher would get what he or she needs…
Soglin’s sister said: “I think we have learned and the research supports that kids need a balanced literacy approach.”
On the contrary, reviews of research consistently rank Reading Mastery (Direct Instruction) and Success for All as the only two reading programs shown to be effective.
I challenge anyone, including Soglin and his sister, to document her statement.
Instead, the prefer the politically correct “balanced literacy.”
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