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As a former teacher, I know the lax attitude the DCSS admins take concerning this. If Ms. Riggins signed the form, she is GUILTY! She has certified the form submitted is correct and accepts responsibility for its content. Many more should be prosecuted because this, unfortunately, rampant. Another example of the incompetents that are now running the city and schools.
Mr. Knighton. You and I are acquainted, but not under this name. I agree with what you say. As a coach and teacher, I fought the good fight with great frustration! Dr. Daniels refused to even respond to me, even though we were face to face, when I asked why a class that gave underachieving seniors a chance to learn how to read and INTERPRET what they read, was cancelled. Arrogance from the Board and administration seems to be the order of the day. The only thing that is important to them is getting the Federal dollars. I applied the outdated methods of discipline, respect, and work to have one of the better graduation rates in the best school in the system. Students learned that they would get only what they earned. Every year, my failure rate went fro about 40% the first 9 weeks to less than 3% the last. I never followed the Directed curriculum as put forth by Daniels, yet succeeded high above their "model schools and classrooms.
The sooner we get back to basics and parents start really caring that their children really learn, the sooner we can begin to be proud of our schools.
As a former teacher and coach, I deplore the repeated attempts to place all student behavior and discipline into racial categories. ALL teenagers are disrespectful at times. Since DCSS is vastly more black than any other group, it is only natural the percentage of black punishment is higher. The attempt to catoregize is just another excuse for parents NOT doing their job of raising their children with a respect for adults, education and authority. If I had $10 for every parent that blamed me for their lovely child's failure and threaten to "go to the board", I would have retired years ago. Parents, raise your children the right way, and keep them away from this "gangbanger" mentality.
As a former teacher and coach, I have seen a "hip Hop" gangbanger culture develope in our young people. They revere these cowardly "ganstas" as heroes. The sad part of all this, is that many of their parents are former or active gang members. If not members, they are aware of the lyrics of the so-called music their kids listen to but do nothing about it. It is more important that they be tough and bad, exhibit the bad swagger when the walk down the halls of the schools where they don't learn. The School Board needs to allow discipline back in the schools and get rid of those who do not want to be there. Please understand that there are plenty of young people that would like to learn in a non-hostile atmosphere.
Willie likes to protray himself as a tough judge. He is not tough at all when it comes to his own deportment. Arrange a "tutoring" session for publicly beating his wife, while he sends others to jail sentences. However, the idiots that "reappointed" him should think about this the next time Willie shows his pugnacious side.
As a former high school teacher, I remember JUST LAST YEAR signing forms that I swear to follow the rules for the state graduation and writing tests or face state charges. Is this not also true of CRCT proctors? Any cheater should lose his certificate, or be fired if he does not. The curiculum director should be aware of what goes on in the system. She was highly praised when "scores went up". Now that we know why, will something be done?
It is shocking to hear Board members talking about poor scores when they all just voted to retain the curriculum Director that has done nothing about these scores. At that time they were saying how great the scores were because of the Director. Why should they be concerned now? Why should they review hiring policies when they do not follow them. If they really want to improve scores, they need to go to the source, the teachers themselves, and find out what is really needed.
I was sent seniors that could not read. They had no idea of what the alphabet represented and could not sound out a word. Yet our Director says everything is fine if we use more technology and give all students a laptop. DCSS will NOT improve with the current staff and board.
As a former teacher, I am completely disgusted with anyone, principal or teacher who had anything to do with changing grades or covering up the fact that it has happened. It does not matter "whose watch" it happened on. Murphree needs to stand aside and allow the investigators to do their jobs, then fire those responsible. The DCSS has too many people at the top that are not doing their jobs. If they were, curriculum and tests scores would have improved without cheating. The Board should be encouraging the investigation so they can start the clean-up and get rid of guilty administrators. But that will not happen, will it?
Again a member of a governmental body that, in theory, represents ALL people in the city is allowed to make racial remarks with NO comment from the brave editors of this guardian of the people newspaper. The schoolboard is the same, yet, no comment from the editorial board. There is something wrong when commisioners, city and county, judges and schoolboards can make racial comments and blatently pass improper hirees without theHerald making no comments. But what can one expect...
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