The First Day

The first day of school has begun and Rochester City School District children will experience another year of Common Core curriculum that will prepare them for college and career.

Buses ride around the city picking students up from one neighborhood to take them to a school outside of their neighborhood for instruction.

With more than 80% of city schools failing, there is no real choice for parents who want their children to succeed educationally.

Recently, the Superintendent was shown proud that the district’s graduation rate increased by more than 1% yet remains under 50%, even with summer school graduates.

Once again, our children must face a failing curriculum, the common core, and be denied the excellent education they deserve.

Once again, our children must endure a system of education that seeks to classify them instead of discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming the future leaders of America.

Our children must muddle through another year of low interest learning and high stakes testing just to be moved on to the next grade with the same expectations, sit still, do the work, don’t ask questions.

While all educational research agrees that inner city Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms should be no larger than fifteen to eighteen students, district Pre-K and Kindergarten classes are starting with twenty to twenty-five students.

These children, who are at many different developmental stages, will all be taught the same way, according to the common core, not their strengths or interests.

Though play is inserted into instruction it is not tied to learning but used as a “filler” to keep the children who are on grade level “busy” while teachers work with small groups who deserve extra attention.

The first years of school set the tone for a student’s career.

When we provide every child a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education, delivered by dedicated, knowledgeable adults in a safe and caring environment that acknowledges and respects the gifts and talents of every member of the school community, we will begin to see and experience educational success in our district.

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