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Re: “Baker's dozen

What needs 2 happen in LRSD are remedial reading/math programs and an emphasis on reading/math at the secondary level. In this whole long missive I heard nothing about this. Yet we have over 50% of college freshman in Arkansas who have 2 tAke remedial courses before they can take regular courses. This is sinful. It is wrong. One-half students should be secondary. We cannot give up on those who cannot read/cipher. An emphasis on pre-school & primary is wrong with no emphasis on secondary students who cannot Iread/cipher. At least half the budget should be spent on secondary.

Posted by Paul Joseph Smith on 05/06/2015 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Don't give up on LRSD

All of this discussion seems to miss a key issue. Over 50% of college freshmen in Arkansas need to take remedial courses. All this concentration & focus on pre-school/primary education with the goal of getting all third graders on grade level has always failed when the remedial/developmental reading/math needs of secondary students are ignored. These remedial third graders lose ability year by year in secondary schools if developmental reading/math does not occur for them year by year. When their needs are ignored, they do not stay the same. They regress.

I don't mean remedial classes with 28 students. That is too many students for the teacher to meet individual needs. Each student has a different reading problem. Their are 15 ways to teach reading. Some methods work for some teachers, and some methods work for some students. The remedial teacher has to work/test individual students to find out where they are in reading. That takes very small teacher/pupil ratios. It takes an educated remedial/developmental reading teacher. Regular secondary content area teachers are not capable of doing this specialization as they teach their regular content.

Secondary remedial reading/math programs cost more money. They don't cost as much as housing a state prisoner.

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Posted by Paul Joseph Smith on 02/06/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Jim Ross responds to Leslie Fisken's blast of LR School Board

There needs more emphasis on helping secondary students who need better reading/math skills. This lack of support is nation wide. It is not only a LRSD problem. In the Arkansas Colleges over 50% of freshman must take remedial courses before they can handle regular classes. Many secondary students need remedial reading/math. By ignoring the problems pupils do not stay at the same level in reading/math as they progress to higher grades. These student test scores decline as you see the results grade by grade. This needs to be rectified immediately. Half the students should be in secondary schools. There are hundreds of secondary students graduating with inadequate reading/math skills each year in Little Rock....hundreds of thousands in the USA. The philosophy of thinking that an emphasis on pre-school/elementary education will eventually solve this huge secondary problem is wrong. We cannot give up on secondary students who need more reading/math skills.

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Posted by Paul Joseph Smith on 01/05/2015 at 10:57 PM


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