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Lesson Plans

re :blaming schools/the system etc...

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Chris Merriam (
Tue, 23 Apr 1996 14:20:20 -0600

>To t.maltbie responding to some more stuff i rambled on about.
>The idea that schools are to blame for bad behavior and stupidity/ignorance
>is ,i agree, a "bit ' outside....schools are not smooth waters on the
>other hand//hand and the system,which i believe,is a very real thing
>likes to make itw
>want to look that appear like there is nothing six years
>of age/// age ..the time my son gets in individual attention from his
>a class of 34, is 5 minutes aday? maybe less,maybe none.????
>I wany to run a class my way without being seen as an authority figure...
>is this possible? Can teachers live with that? does it have value?is it
>practical?I better stop real soon .

Well.... our district had a primary principal who believed as you do,
Eugenie. He started something that was supposedly "Whole Language" based.
When the kids got to my school (grades 3-5).... guess what third grade was
like? They could not Read! They could not listen! They told me that they
did not want to do the projects in art class! The Standardized test scores
(I know.. unreliable) plummeted.....
My daughter was a part of this "experiment". She is finally functioning on
grade level in 7th grade due to a lot of intervention.....Both as a parent
and as an educator, I am sorely disappointed.

Christine Merriam, Art Specialist
Kayenta Intermediate School
PO Box 337
Kayenta, Az 86033