RE: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fwd: Board meeting update
- Cathy, Concerning Open Court...I've been told to follow it, period.
.Many teachers have pointed out the weaknesses in the curriculum.and
we've been told to follow it, no matter what. .Recently Michael O'Neil
has told teachers that they are allowed to supplement areas missing in
the curriculum, but are on the tests. He has given us a double
message..teach all of Open Court.but fill in the gaps. In my opinion it
is better to teach the concepts kids need to know and them teach in ways
that we know work. This doesn't take a nuclear physicist to figure out.
We know that lots of Open Court doesn't work. So why spend time in areas
that are time consuming and not beneficial? Many areas of OCR are
good.Let's use them and forget the rest.The emphasis in WCCUSD has been
on the TOTAL use of the curriculum. In some grade levels it's impossible
to do the entire program...and much of it is poor. Why not simply
emphasize best teaching practices, many of which we are not allowed to
use? We need a different official perspective on Open Court.Some
districts use it as a good tool for teaching ..as one tool among many.I
believe that this is as it should be..and not presented as if it were
the living gospel to be followed for better or for worse. When teachers
are told to suspend their better judgment and blindly do as they are
told how can we expect the students to be real thinkers and learners?
Perhaps it is not coincidental that this phenomenon is occurring at this
time in America, Bea
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- --Kevin and others:
I will not address this issues much, only because when I came to this district many many moons ago, they were pushing something call "whole language" and back then I spoke out and said "one size does not fit all students and that teachers should be allowed to teach in the best interest of their students. So, when the high paid consultants came out and told the leadership what parents and teachers had already told them, they listen to the consultants. Therefore, we need to get our own group of highly paid consultant to advocate for teachers and parents. I am ready to join that group and I know some great teachers that have retire or need to make a few extra bucks that would really have the best interest of the students in mind. But, we have a problem, how do we get paid? Because as my mother would say "why buy a cow, when you can get the milk free", and that is what many of us do, volunteer or time and knowledge, only to be dismissed by the powers that be, because we are not making them pay.
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From: Cathy Travlos <cbt@...>
> I think this part is the key to what's going on in this district.
> Curriculum decisions are being made by consultants, not by teachers or
> parents or anyone with any curriculum knowledge. It's all been happening
> without input from, or usually with the knowledge of, the education
> community. It's time these decisions were made with open discussion and
> total disclosure. I guess I'm still not quite as jaded as Kevin (though I'm
> moving that direction....) and I actually think this committee, as a board
> subcommittee, has a chance to change the current way of doing things.
> At 10:33 AM 8/2/2005, you wrote:
> >Educrats are making education into a complicated morass for their own job
> >security. As long as parents play along with the smoke and mirrors being
> >laid out by those consultants who are sucking the billions of dollars out of
> >the classrooms the children of today will never attain the same education as
> >their grandparents and that is a shame.
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