Kenisha is a middle schooler in the inner city. Kenisha gets the standard 2 daily hours of reading and language arts, 1 hour of science, 1 hour of math, and an elective. Still, Kenisha has scored poorly on two consecutive benchmark tests, so she was invited to participate in an extra 30 minutes of after-school lessons with a rotating focus between math and reading. She isn’t really able to focus on the material in just 30 minutes, and the 5th grade PE teacher assigned to monitor the lessons isn’t familiar with the subject matter and can’t help. Her homeroom teacher tells her she might have to repeat the year if she doesn’t perform well on the year end exam.
Tyler is entering the 10th grade and his single father is moving on from working at a coal mine to being the plant manager at a utilities site. As a result, Tyler transferred from a small school in the Appalachians to a magnet school in the northeast. Although Tyler was the star student in his class of 50 students, he is considered below average at his new school. Tyler’s dad doesn’t know where to begin, because his new job is taking a lot of his attention and he never performed very well in school himself. Tyler isn’t used to the more demanding curriculum and is becoming disinterested altogether with school.
The situations above are just two examples of what is happening all over the country. What is wrong with our education system, how can we fix it, and where do we begin?
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