I will agree that some public schools are having problems and are in serious need of an overhaul, however, I think you are off base with your comment about dyslexia. About 15% of the population suffer from this learning disability (that's 1 in 7 people). As educators, if we can catch this early enough, the chance of the student dropping out of school becomes significantly less.
When a student's scores are low, instead of pointing fingers, we need to find the cause and see what kind of help we can offer. It takes teachers and parents working together as a team.
November 16, 2012 9:32 pm on
43 years ago when I was in 3rd grade, it was acceptable practice (or so I thought) for the teacher to use humiliation to motivate students. My teacher used to take sadistic pleasure out of displaying all my homework mistakes to my classmates. She nicknamed me "slow poke" and encouraged all my classmates to call me that. I thought the reason no one liked me was because I was a bad person. Her actions had a direct affect on my self-esteem and caused me to struggle in other areas, including my social relationships.
Today, I am an educator and I would NEVER consider allowing my students to treat each other with such disrespect. Negative reinforcement DOES NOT motivate. We don't even treat students who misbehave this way. The only reason Karla Christensen is supporting Larsen is because her daughter got to be the bully and not the victim.
I have always told my daughter that no one, even a teacher, has the right to treat you as someone who is undeserving of respect. I hope these parents can help their children understand that what the teacher did was wrong and that they did not do anything to deserve such deplorable treatment.