Questions Remain About Teachers

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Editor:

I have been trying to follow the "No child left behind" program since the initial article in the Roundup listing six teachers who might be affected (4/04/06). In What's Up? (6/09/06), the district superintendent listed 28 teachers who: retired (7); were on leave of absence (1); failed to meet certification requirements (7); resigned (14). Twenty-eight open positions (29-1 leaves 28). However, the bottom paragraph listed an additional four teachers, (28+4=32) for a total of 32 resigned, retired, or failed to qualify.

Is it possible for the superintendent to tell us what happened to the teachers of (4/04/06)? And, also, to give us a breakdown of grade levels and positions affected at the high school level? And how long have each of these teachers had been with the district?

There is still the unresolved issue of the hundreds of thousands of pupils in special categories across the nation who were deliberately under-reported. I have seen no mention of this in the Roundup.

In reference to "No child left behind," even Keliher says in his article, "Forget the fads -- the old ways work best." He says, "there never has been an innovation or reform that has helped children learn any better, faster or easier than they did prior to the 20th century." And, he quotes Dean Theodore Sizer, former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. When asked if he could name a single reform in the last 15 years that had been successful, Sizer replied, "I don't think there is one."

Same "been there, done that"; team teaching; decentralization; centralization; new math; "whole language"; self-esteem; group projects.

Keliher says we should stop using students as lab rats and return to a more traditional method of teaching. Keliher is the author of "Guerrilla Warfare for Teachers: A Survival Guide." These quotes appeared in Newsweek, Sept. 30, 2002, page 18.

Richard A. Bowers, Payson

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