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Notice that Westover's graduating class is about as large as Albany High School, Dougherty High School, and half of Monroe High School's graduating classes combined!!!
Walt, you are right. I was one of the teachers shown on the tour and I did prepare for the visit. You know what I did...I dusted my room. Everything else was business as usual. I am sure the ministers were impresses because my students are IMPRESSIVE!!! My students are tenth graders working on a collegiate level. ESP kids (on average) read on an 3rd grade level because many of them have profound disabilities! We have autistic students, blind students, deaf students...Some of them can not even communicate. But with no child left behind, public schools are expected to prepare them for college. The entire education system (not just DCSS) is being held hostage by the federal government. There are many changes educators and administrators would like to implement, but can not because of NCLB.
Students in high school are given the opportunity to attend whichever high school aligns with their future goals. However, their are certain requirements or pre-requistes for each program. There are also standards that students must maintain in order to remain in each program. I will not sugar coat high school students and say that everyone is following the rules, reporting on time, or behaving like angels. However, the MAJORITY of students are doing all of those things. When you have 1200 kids in one location, yes a few will buck the system. Ironically enough, when parents come in for conferences they usually tell us that the kid acts like that at home too. How can teachers get the students to "act right" when their own parents can't? When you have 1200 kids divided up into 3 lunch periods, it will be loud. This is high school, not church. They are students not prisoners who should eat in silence! If you are appalled by the DCSS, why don't you volunteer to make it better? Donate your time and come speak to a class about what you do for a living. Come and ask educators what you can do to help them. Oh wait, it is easier to complain and moan.
Although DCSS has its share of problems, this is something positive and not "mumbo jumbo." Obviously, it is a real accomplishment created and recognized by the STATE department of education and not Dougherty county. Many high schools in the state did not make the list at all. It shows that DCSS is encouraging our students to take harder classes, challenge themselves and not opt for the "easy A." If you speak to any university recruiter they will tell you that they looking for students who take AP classes. They are not very concerned with the scores on the AP test. AP classes are taught at the collegiate level and are actually harder than classes taught at 2 year colleges. (Ask any AP student and they will tell you the same.) Also even if students do not make the 3 or higher on the exam, it makes the class much easier when they retake it in college. Believe me in 15 years of teaching, I have never had a student tell me they regret taking my AP class!
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