We are not all the same! We don’t look alike, sound alike, walk and talk alike. And we don’t learn at the same rate or through the same process. And no matter how much the State of Texas would like for us to, we don’t! Full stop!
There was a time, about 30 years ago, when teachers were allowed to know what they are doing and to teach kids. We had homogeneous grouping, so that kids could learn at their own rate. We also had prayer and paddling. Now, kids are not expected to mind; they are condemned if they pray; they have to be just like to kid next to them. Ridiculous!
The kids are still expected to take a standardized test, and it would appear that they are supposed to be taught the test only. I never will forget when one of our grandchildren’s sixth-grade teacher informed us that this child could not do long division! At that time the test didn’t teach it so it was never learned, but that sixth-grade teacher thought it was essential and taught it anyway!
I remember when another grandchild’s second-grade teacher had to lock the door so she couldn’t be disturbed when teaching phonics because it was against policy to teach that method - a system which is one of only two that ever really works, in my opinion.
I’ve been out of teaching for 10 years now, and you couldn’t pay me to go back; because, although I can teach just about any child to read and do elementary math, I wouldn’t do it right according to the state, and I wouldn’t want to play the games the state has set.
What is my opinion? Each school district should be responsible for the education of the children within the district. State and federal government should step out. This is just my opinion, but I hold to it!