Students at NYC high school get third grade-level lessons on ‘Goldilocks’
Juniors taking American literature at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn were tasked with a series of rudimentary assignments based on childhood fables and fairy tales.
I knew I recognized the exterior, because it was the establishing shot for what was supposed to be JFK High in Seinfeld, when Jerry’s 2 hour assembly speech bumps fellow alum Rick James (“Superfreak!?”) while George abstains from sex and learns Portuguese.
The completed assignment in the article is a run-on sentence with multiple errors. Maybe the students are in remedial English and don’t realize it.
Teacher here. Indeed this is scaffolding. What many civilians don’t get is that sometimes we as teachers give rudimentary assignments to review skills kids SHOULD know already. Then we apply those skills to more challenging assignments. Believe it or not we’re not that far into the school year, so I will assume that the teacher was indeed reviewing skills in a simplistic way so that students felt empowered to complete tougher assignments. There’s no date, so I’m going to go with that.
Only 8% of students are deemed English language learners, but about 47% of incoming eighth-graders did not meet state standards in English language arts in 2019-20, the latest year available.
🙄 The NY Post really shouldn’t be allowed to be posted. They’re a Rupert Murdoch owned rightwing propaganda rag. Their reporters are also Fox correspondents and astroturfers for charter schools. Theres a reason they’re pushing the narrative about how terrible public schools are.
That parent (who does not have children at Murrow) who can’t believe that 11th graders might be reading on a third-grade level…she needs to spend some time in a school because there are plenty who need it.
The Post is pure public education-hating trash. They are attempting to write about scaffolding like anyone claimed it to be a magical cure-all. I implore these “journalists” to try substitute teaching for a week. For students who are way behind in reading level, progress is a slow process. There are many, many students who come into high school reading at primary grade levels or worse. Should we drop War and Peace in front of them and expect miracles? Or try to get them to read at a somewhat proficient level before they graduate so that they can be productive in society? This is what comes from years and years of not teaching basics in phonics and comprehension and teaching to the balanced literacy crap instead.
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