Mrs. Towler, this is one of the best editorials I read regarding the school issues. I began reading it expecting to find a call for yet more money to be thrown at a problem that is no longer about money. I was pleased to find that more than one problem was touched on and solutions asked for those problems. Disengaged students are the result of a mindset, not necessarily caused by schools, these usually start in the home. When parents are engaged, care and tutor (or insist to their children they will stay after for help-as we often did with our failing teenagers) their children generally succeed.
Why are tax payers subsidizing businesses. If there is a demand for this business, it should stand on its own two feet. There are lots of businesses through out Rochester that had to take the risk all on their own, they did not receive any help to get up and running and I say, we don't here either! This is a form of corporate welfare.
1) how much more money do we throw at the schools??? We are paying $22,000 per student per year already!
2) when do we turn our attention to a students home life??? Many city students come to school sleep deprived, hungry, with no semblance of having been taught consideration of others ...through training of basic manners, not having done home work, are pregnant, are abused either violently or sexually, on drugs etc...the litany of woes is endless & shameful. When do we look here for solutions???
3) Most teachers in Rochester DO care about their students. Chat with a few and you will begin to understand the problems they deal with daily and the frustration s they experience. Imagine seeing these bright eyed children, who in their early years are interested in learning, eventually become less interested in learning due to what they have to experience outside of school. And, as a teacher, being blamed for the lack of learning, when it is impossible due to circumstances far beyond your control!
4) what do we do with parents more concerned with their "rights" than how they themselves should contribute to their child's education? These parents often threaten and harass teachers, making demands instead of offering to collaborate with teachers to enhance their children's learning experience.
I am not a teacher. I AM a tax payer who believes parents need to become better parents to improve how their children learn. I believe in neighborhood schools, which allow children to belong to a local community, creating bonds and additional safety nets they do not get being bused to kingdom come and back!
Daniel, I live on Selye Terrace. I know what it is like to have unruly neighbors who have no consideration of others. Their color does not matter, what matters is that I have to put up with loud noise from music, children screaming (my mother taught me not to bother neighbors as I played...politeness counts), vulgarities suh as the F and N words spewing loudly and inconsiderately while these neighbors conduct their fights right out in the open, cars parked on lawns as if we live in a ghetto, garbage dropped regularly on my lawn, my car rifled through - change stolen from it if I forget to lock it, I have to see more dirty laundry aired by some neighbors than I care to. I DON'T care what color someone is. What I DO care about is how their behavior affects me. So you might want to live here too, or other neighborhoods afflicted with similar problems, before trying out your sympathetic ideas.
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