Opinion: Kids shoved into classrooms like sardines and new superintendent thinks its just fine
My fourth grader at Indian Creek is in a class with 31 kids. Once a week for a period of time, there are 35 kids in her class. Her teacher is amazing. She tries her best to give the children what they need and still try to teach the curriculum that she is required to teach. My daughter is doing worse in school than she ever has due to too many students, inappropriate curriculum (Common Core will be much worse) and no help.
The new superintendent of MLUSD seems to think that it is just fine and there are no issues with the schools or the classrooms. This is very evident in the exact same letters that she has sent out to myself and other parents. I have gotten the run around by the school board as well as the superintendent and have gotten nowhere.
When you have so many kids shoved into classrooms like sardines, where they are not getting any attention and falling through the cracks, as well as regressing in their education, you get kids that are frustrated, have a low tolerance, no self esteem, can no longer rationalize, are stressed and seclude themselves, which can ultimately end in disaster.
Schools are often the first line of defense in seeing small changes in students, especially if they have a rough family life. If the staff has so many students that they can no longer see or hear them individually, then what happens? I have had a teacher actually tell me that she has too many students to keep track of and that she can only push them through to the next grade.
Really? This is the best we can do?
I fear that we will see more and more instances like the most recent Nevada shooting if we do not wake up and pay attention to our kids.
How are we to trust the schools and districts, to protect and teach our children? Can I trust that the district has my child in its best interest or is my child just a number to get more funding for it? I can assure you, at this point with my experience, they are just a number.
I know that all the staff at the school cares about the kids; however, when you do not get any support and are expected to watch over so many children with so little, then how can you succeed? What other options are there? Homeschooling? Charter school? Yes, but it’s still county run or hard, if you work.
I understand it’s “public education,” but if you want better adults in this world, than you better start teaching children better.
Parents need to stand up and not just “settle” for what is given to them. Our kids, our future, deserves better than that.
MYRA K. LOWDER