Problem At Wells High School

Wells
From CTU: "Wonder why students are not learning at the rate they should? Is it because teachers
need more training and regulation? No, that is not the answer.The gang fight inside Wells High School on Friday, where both a teacher and students were injured, is a perfect example."

FROM CTU:  Wonder why students are
not learning at the rate they should? Is it because teachers
need more training and regulation? No, that is not the answer.

The gang
fight inside Wells High School on Friday, where both a teacher
and students were injured, is a perfect example. What is taking place at
Wells and elsewhere in the Chicago Public Schools is a direct
result of closing neighborhood schools and sending students from
different neighborhoods into unfamiliar territory. We witnessed the same
phenomena for the same reasons at Kennedy and other high schools
last year. What is
needed for these students is more stability, not further
upheaval in their lives. The answer to improving student progress is not to be
found in closing schools. It will be found in giving more resources and support to
schools so that the students can get the assistance they need
and deserve.

Politicians
- with their No Child Left Behind regulations - must stop laying
the blame on teachers by creating the illusion of "teacher
inadequacy". They demand more and more from teachers in the way of
credentials, paperwork, and regulation, but throw roadblocks in
our way by forcing us to work in these kinds of unstable
environments. This
is nothing more than using the teachers as scapegoats. It is
over-simplification of a very complex issue. As educators, we spend
long hours correcting papers, recording grades, and are working
themselves to the point of exhaustion. The constant and useless "busy
work" not only serves as a deterrent to prospective
teachers, but also is pushing teachers out of the
profession. 

The Board
must stop closing schools and all of us must work with our
legislators to enhance rather than denigrate the teaching
profession. We can
best do that by increasing funding for necessary resources in
the schools. Until this happens Chicago and other large urban
school districts will not see major changes in student behavior
and/or achievement.

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  • 01:46 pm,

    How do you propose teachers change the culture in the school and deal with issues in the community and actually educate the children on what they need to know? I think zero tolerance and suspensions are the way to go because in most cases, you have a small number of truly vicious kids that start most of the trouble. If you get rid of them, you do start to change the culture of the school.

    No student or teacher or other staff member should ever feel physically threatened or intimidated by other students. It causes absenteeism and reduces the education opportunities of the children that honestly want an education.

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