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Thursday, August 6, 2015
Vitti belittles teachers... AGAIN!!!!
This time it is middle school math teachers that he attacked. From Florida politics
“For elementary math, teachers and instruction adapted well to the new standards,” Vitti said.
It’s a different story, alas, for middle school math, where “the story changes a bit.”
DCPS “did not make the target” with 8th grade math students.
The challenges in middle school math, according to Vitti: leadership and curriculum instruction. The instructors understand how to teach in the theoretical realm; implementation, however, is “challenging,” and the “connection is not as strong as it could be at this point.”
There are isolated success stories, yet while “we are doing a good job of identifying individual schools,” “district wide work has to be improved.”
Algebra. 66th out of 67 counties in the state.
Vitti was blunt: “middle school mathematics is broken” and “the challenge of middle school math is a historical problem.”
Algebra, the Superintendent said, historically is a “gatekeeper” for advanced math.
Appears that the gate is busted. “Many kids are not ready” in eighth grade for algebra, he said.
So they want kids to be taking algebra by the 8th grade?!? Do you know when I tool algebra, when I went to school? I didn't. I took general math II as a junior and no math as a senior. Why the $#@^ are we insisting that kids in junior high take algebra?!?
Also historically middle school has been our Achilles heel discipline wise, and lets face it discipline has gotten worse under Vitti. I bet these teachers would do a heck of a lot better if they were able to teach instead of having their classes hijacked by an unruly few who have never received a proper consequence for their poor behavior
Instead of denigrating our middle school math teachers he should be getting on his knees and thanking them for showing up and then moving heaven and earth to get them the assistance they need and step one should be to stop forcing kids into classes they are not ready for.