I don't want to be that guy who hates puppies just because the district likes them, that's just be a contrarian, furthermore I am not a reading teacher either so I don't have much insight if the new reading program will be beneficial or not. I have contacted several reading teachers to get their opinions and when they get back to me I will let you know what they think. That being said, I know a disaster when I see a disaster and if past is prologue then switching from books to mass copied passages is going to be a disaster.
A common complaint teachers have had for years is they have not had proper access to printers and the ability to reproduce the materials they need. Schools also lack working printers, ink and copier paper and as I said above teachers lack the time.
Now the district is going to ratchet up the need for printed materials to the nth degree and who is going to do it? Teachers are already worked to the bone and the para corps have already been slashed not that they shouldn't have more important things to do than constantly running copies.
Then think about the amount of copies that are going to have to be run? Are they just going to do a class set of copies and how often will the passages switch out are questions (again not addressed by the Times Union) that instantly come to mind. The time and manpower to do it all are going to have to be staggering.
A colleague on Facebook wrote: Chris, we know the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and that history tends to repeat itself, at least when no one bothers to say anything. You know it will be. Just looking at testing alone, waiting for the delivery of Those materials should be enough of a warning that this is going to be a complete cluster f***.
They are right, nothing is ever on time from the district and now either the district plans to create and deliver tens of thousands of pages everyday as well as the other things the district is supposed to do, or they expect individual schools and teachers to do it? Cluster F*** barely scratches the surface about what is going to happen.
Furthermore many teachers often have taken it upon themselves to spend their money to reproduce or create materials because supplies are stretched past the breaking point. I believe often the district takes this into account and uses it a reason to skimp on supplies and its time, well past time that teachers said no, we're not going to do that anymore.
If the past is a predictor of the future then the district has just ^%$#ed our elementary school teachers and if that is the case then it has done the same to their students as well.