Sunday, April 1, 2012
For my C4T #3 I was assigned Marthe Yim from The Parent's View. In her first post, she was talking about how she got a chance to hear some very disturbing stories of how her friends child was being treated at school. From teachers who were not being fair, to not knowing school polices and being suspended for defending himself. So goes on to explain how when she was in high school, she just walked out of the classroom and did not want her parents to get involved with things in school. At the end of her post, she asks the question, "do you think that it is good for children to experience all of the complications of school or to shelter them from this environment so that they can get the best education possible?"
I commented back and said
I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. After reading your article, I went and did a little research on the subject. The Institution for Education Sciences said in a article published in December 2008 that 1.5 million students were home schooled in the United States in the year 2007. Some reasons that parents chose to home school their children were as follows, to provide more religious or moral instruction, concern with the school environment, and last but not least dissatisfaction with academic instruction available at other schools. The website to this article is http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/2009030.pdf. Thanks for the interesting article.
In Mrs. Yim's second post she was talking about all of the requirements that the teachers are supposed to fulfill within a year of teaching. The State gives each teacher in each grade a Course of Study and expects the teacher to follow that throughout the year. She states, "I love the fact that a piece of paper is supposed to determine the rate that the information in the classroom moves. Not the students actually understanding the information, not the students having plenty of time to really soak in the information so that it stays for life and not just for a few months until they forget it."
I commented back and said, I am Sara Cardwell and I am currently enrolled in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. A big thank you should be given to you because you got straight down to the facts. I do not believe that a piece of paper should tell you how the pace of classroom learning should go. It is all based on the students. I do understand that there are specific materials every class has to cover within a year, but it is important for the children to understand what they are learning, not just to memorize it for a test and move on. Thanks for the post!