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Thumper321 said...

Mr. Berke, with all due respect, and as a fellow Democrat, I have to disagree with your assessment. Tennessee's education system has failed to meet the needs of our children, especially students with disabilities. I have three children in the public school system, and I am appalled at how they are being taught to pass the TCAP, but not being taught to learn. My oldest child knows how to use a calculator, how to do math kickstarters for 5 minutes each morning, and how to memorize a list of adjectives to use on the writing assessment. However, no teacher has bothered to teach him his multiplication tables or how to write in cursive. Thank goodness he has parents for that. In one year, he went from 98%ile on TCAP to 48%ile. The school justifies this by saying that he's still above the school system (Tipton Co.) average of 33%. Seriously? If our schools are in the 33%ile, then we are doing something wrong. Though I cannot take advantage of the opportunity to use the virtual K12 yet, I am glad that our children finally have another option. With one intellectually gifted child, one 'other health impaired' child, and one typical child, I can assure you that we are indeed leaving children behind. If you want to take away virtual K12, fix the system first. Kids deserve an actual education, not just the opportunity to pass tests and increase school funding. Find an appropriate way to judge school progress because AYP and attendance are not it.

September 6, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.
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