There is again a political outcry to make teachers responsible, but how can teachers be held accountable when parents, taxpayers, and administrators aren’t? My family lived in a middle-class, white neighborhood in Sacramento County when I volunteered to help in a third-grade classroom. There were 32 children in the class, a third of which were hyperactive. The first day I watched as the teacher tried to get the kids to work in small groups. Several boys, including one who lived across from us, were constantly up, moving around, talking to others. It was an impossible situation.
The teacher had me take five of the more well behaved kids outside to work at a picnic table, but we could hear the mayhem inside.
The principal told me at least a third of the kids were from dysfunctional families.
Not until taxpayers are willing to support small classes, parents get involved in their children’s education, and administrators support teachers instead of demanding more inane reports, can we expect teachers to be responsible for students’ performance.