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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Monday, February 25, 2008

How to Help Urban Schools

Grand Avenue
My teacher's union, the American Federation of Teachers, is seeking input on what should be done to improve student achievement in urban schools. My response was to expand alternative education opportunities for students who cannot operate in a traditional school environment due to their lack of self-discipline and social skills. These students make teaching and learning nearly impossible. Teachers have to worry more about managing their classes than they do educating their students.

Let me know what you think.

1 comment:

Deann said...

I agree with you absolutely. At some point, the welfare of the group must be considered over the individual. A disruptive student can stop all learning in a classroom.