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The more I re-read this article, the more ridiculous it seems that a journalist would pass this off as news. It could have been written using her Facebook page as the only source.
"Jordan Benson says she's too smart for school; teachers out to get her."
Do you always believe everything a 16-year-old tells you? Isn't there a chance that her version of the stories are a little slanted?
If she was just trying to better herself academically, and the schools weren't challenging her, why didn't she take a book to school to read during her free time? She didn't attend 8th grade, but expected to be passed to the next grade. That's right in line with the "everything is someone else's fault" mentality that her parents clearly encourage.
She isn't the first smart student to attend the DCSS, but thanks for your speculation on what happened two years ago based on the account of a then 14-year-old. Making comments about her safety in the restroom that have no basis in fact is not responsible. Delivering one side of the story, so the reader can fill-in the gaps with guesses is not journalism.
After sleeping on this and re-reading the article, I am just disgusted that Mr. Fletcher would write this crap. Is he friends with the father? No mention of her behavior that led to teachers denying her privileges.
Someone made the choice that she would sit with her mom at the hospital, and then acted as if she was being singled-out and picked-on when the school didn't pass her to the next grade. Seriously?
She brought inconsistent accounts of harassment to the counselors and administrators. That, along with being a behavior problem, doesn't do much for her creditability. It's too bad the Herald didn't recognize that, too.
We are to believe that we are getting the entire story? She was just striving for academic excellence, and was harassed by her teachers and fellow students? Even if she was a behavior problem because she was bored academically, that behavior has been omitted in this story. Maybe she had been a behavior problem before asking to go to the library, and the teacher wasn't going to reward her. Maybe the teacher is being misquoted by a 16-year-old! Is that a possibility?
Public education does not meet the needs of all students. That's the only story here..and that the Herald told part of a story to sell newspapers...again.
Love the W quote!
If this article is all you know about this teacher, then please do not comment on his teaching ability. You know part of one side of the story - you don't know what was said, or what provoked it. I'm not defending him because I wasn't there - he should not be condemned in the court of public opinion for the same reason.
The same bill has been introduced by the same representative since the mid-90s - when Clinton was in office, and when Dubya was in office. Watch something besides Faux News every once in a while, so you'll get the real story.
Fire Goseer, Graper, and Schumate, and finally put administrators at Monroe and Dougherty who are up to the job. Getting control of the finances and closing the schools was a good start. Getting rid of poor leaders would be another step in the right direction.
If teachers were 100% responsible for their students' results, then it would make "since". Since an education is something that students earn, and the students are a product of their home environment, then moving teachers wouldn't make much sense. Educating a child is a team-effort between the teacher, the child, and the parent - all are important. How about holding the child accountable for bad behavior and poor grades? How about holding the parent accountable for their child? Teachers at all of the schools are certified. Unfortunately, there isn't a process to certify parents.
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