Time to stop blaming teachers
Schools are not failing in Chicago or anywhere else in this country. However, our education system is flawed and needs to be overhauled.
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1. Adopt year-around school. Students do not need two months off in the summer.
2. Institute a testing process that takes into account math, literacy, science, and social studies/history.
Acknowledge that not every child is going to meet unrealistic expectations. Believe it or not, there are barriers that prevent or slow the learning process (socio-economic status, language, disabilities). However, every child does have the ability to show growth in his/her learning.
It is time that we stop blaming teachers for the problems in our schools, but address the real issues that prevent/hinder our children's' learning opportunities.