Posted on March 8, 14 comments Jada Williams is the Rochester teen whose essay on Frederick Douglass is forcing people to confront where education in America is headed. Auld, scolds his wife for teaching Douglass how to read. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.
Posted on March 8, 14 Comments Jada Williams is the Rochester teen whose essay on Frederick Douglass is forcing people to confront where education in America is headed.
Auld, scolds his wife for teaching Douglass how to read. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. Her white teachers had knowledge that they refused to share with their mostly minority students.
For her essay, Jada was reportedly harassed out of School 3, ending up in an even worse school reserved for troubled teens. It certainly is a story pregnant with meaning. As a history teacher, I applaud Jada for the type of insight it took to use slavery as a way to shed light on what is happening in black education today.
If the school really did harass her because of this essay, then it is something that needs to be dealt with. Her words are like a bolt of lightning in the night, momentarily illuminating the darkness in which American education finds itself.
It sounds like a school that was rolled off an assembly line and stamped by an inspector. There are literally thousands of School 3s around the country. In the current age of education reform, we are facing a situation where every school that does not serve the very wealthy promises to be a School 3.
Yet, few people have done more in this country to ensure that the achievement gap becomes a permanent state of affairs.
The tests that Duncan wants are in no way designed to help students learn or even truly measure what they know. They exist to rate teachers. Jada describes a mechanical classroom where teachers hand out packets and expect students to work on them independently.
Now that teachers stand to be rated by the test scores of their students, classrooms stand to become nothing more than test prep centers. There will be more packets consisting of old exams, test-taking strategies and frequently asked questions. So while Arne Duncan talks about closing the achievement gap, he is ensuring the institutionalization across the board of the type of classroom that Jada describes.
Through simplistic multiple choice questions, standardized exams boil all learning down to trivia. Teachers will have no reason to require their students to reflect on the world around them and make their own judgments based on inductive thinking and synthesis.
Instead, the only thing that will matter is how much information students can regurgitate. The worst thing of all is that this information will be determined by a corporate apparatus that has no interest in educating anybody, let alone poor minority students.
The exams, prep materials and text books will all be handled by the few megacorporations who have the resources to pump out millions of pieces of paper and the ability to vie for government contracts. Duncan is also ensuring that the test prep coaches that pass for teachers under his regime will remain white.
To replace these veteran educators, who were fired no doubt because they made too much money for his taste, he called in young college graduates at half the salary.
I wonder how many of them were from Teach for America, the program that brings in privileged temps to experiment on inner city children. School districts across the country have seen veteran teachers harassed out of the system.
Many of these teachers, like the ones fired in Chicago, were members of the communities they served. They dedicated their lives to being role models for children who desperately needed them. Teachers of this breed are quickly dying out as Teach for America expands its corporate tentacles.
The situation in New York City is no different from the situation in Chicago. As Mayor Bloomberg closes more schoolsdisplaces minority congregationssupports gentrification and promotes stop and frisk by the NYPD, the black population has taken the hint that there is no place for them in his vision for New York City.
While other groups are expanding, the black population of New York City is steadily declining. While over schools will be closed by the time he leaves office, he has been quick to erect charter schools over their carcasses.Mar 05, · When Jada Williams, a year-old student at Rochester's School No.
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Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for. ~ Frederick Douglass (Foner 63) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, In her essay, which was written for a contest, Williams reflected on what Douglass heard his slave master, Mr.
Auld, telling his wife.
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