Heading into 2019 and 2018, I wrote about which New York City education issues vexed parents the most based on their post’s popularity. I have another planned for the end of this year: 20 issues for 2020!
But, over the past 12 months, there have also been topics that didn’t get the attention they deserved. Below is a list of the top 10 – and why they should concern you just as much:
Why It Should Matter To You: The women who work in CBO PreKs, almost all of color, were responsible for the “success” of the “PreK For All” program that he constantly touts as his own. In fact, sixty percent of the PreK seats in New York City are in the centers where they work, year-round (read: no summers off), for tens of thousands of dollars less in salary, benefits, and with few of the “perks” offered to DOE PreK employees.
Why It Should Matter To You: NYC moms and dads were so excited by the prospect of not having to pay for preschool for our 4 (and, in some neighborhoods, 3) year olds, that we didn’t examine closely who actually was paying for our “free” childcare.
Why It Should Matter To You: In examining the achievement gap in education and the economic and social corollaries of this gap, we identified developmental differences and learning styles among males and females as a challenge looming largely unaddressed by traditional public schools in large urban districts.
Why It Should Matter To You: With a mission to advance students’ economic and social mobility by improving public education, the Urban Assembly continues to support the schools we founded over the last 20+ years in the five areas we believe are critical to school success: leadership, academics, social and emotional learning, postsecondary access and career readiness.
Why It Should Matter To You: A pair of structural changes, one statewide, one nationwide, have been introduced as part of the ongoing hunt for that magic bullet to cure America’s learning woes. Both involve time.
Why It Should Matter To You: Shouldn’t teaching kids in spite of their parents’ level of interest be the default position, and kids with involved parents the pleasant bonus?
Why It Should Matter To You: Self-Organized Learning Environments or (SOLEs) and Self Organized Mediation Environments (SOMEs) with an adult asking questions and providing encouragement like a stereotypical grandmother, as Gupta would say, has shown test scores on par with or even above affluent private schools (in India) and always above the public state schools.
Why It Should Matter To You: Computers are fast and stupid, people are slow and clever. This is an axiom that anybody who works with computers must accept in order that computers and people may cooperate effectively. Yet, schools seem to ask students to do tasks to which computers are much better suited, and then let them graduate without ever having gone beyond and explored their own potential as a human.
Why It Should Matter To You: Education is the civil rights issue of our time. We, the people, have failed in our moral and legal obligation to provide quality education to every American child…. No child should be cut off from education. Poor kids have as much of a right to learn as rich ones.
Which educational issues do you think we’ve overlooked in 2019? Tell us in the comments, below!