The Failure of Big City Public Schools

We have previously mentioned, many times, how Helen Gym Flaherty and Kendra Brooks sold their souls to the public school teachers’ unions, touting how the Edward Steel Elementary School was kept public and didn’t “go charter.” Steel Elementary is ranked 1,205th out of 1,607 Pennsylvania elementary schools, in which 8% of students tested grade-level proficient in reading, and a whopping 1% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math.

There’s always some outrage on Twitter — sorry, Elon Musk, but I still don’t call it “X” — when yet another public school teacher tries pushing homosexual or transgender nonsense on their students, but the real problem is that the public schools just aren’t doing a very good job in actually educating students.

Middle School Teacher Admits That His Students Are Performing On A ‘Fourth-Grade Level’ And No One Is Doing Anything About It

“I could probably count on one hand how many kids are actually performing on their grade level.”

By Nia Tipton | Friday, September 22, 2023

A middle school teacher voiced his frustrations with the public school system after admitting that most of the students in his class are severely underperforming. In a TikTok video, a content creator named Quis, who works as a public school educator, sparked a conversation around a problem that many students around the country seem to having.

“We all know the world is behind because of the pandemic, but I don’t understand why they’re not stressing to you how bad it is,” Quis began in his video. He explained that as a seventh-grade teacher, he’s noticed that most of the children in his class are performing at a fourth-grade level.

He continued, saying that almost no one, the other public school administrators or even the parents of these kids are not speaking about it or doing anything to help. Instead, these students are still being passed on to the next grade despite severely underperforming.

The panicked response to COVID-19 was one thing, but, with a few notable exceptions in places like Philadelphia, there was really only one school year of ‘remote’ education; the panicdemic — and yes, that’s how I spell it, because that’s exactly what it was — might reasonably be blamed to students being one grade behind, but three? 2020 was three years ago; if the blame is on the virus, then “Quis” is telling us that his students have had no education at all since the panic began!

“I can put as many zeroes in this grade book as I want to, they’re gonna move that child to the eighth grade next year,” he pointed out. “Why don’t y’all know that your kids are not performing on a great level?”

Quis explained that many parents are quick to point the blame at the teacher, but there’s only so much that he can do. At the end of the day, it’s up to the parents to notice that their children are underperforming and either fight for their education or speak with higher-ups to get them held back until they understand the material and are ready to move on to the next grade.

“The fourth grade is being nice. I still have kids performing on grade K, one, two, and third-grade levels. I could probably count on one hand how many kids are actually performing on their grade level,” Quis added. “Are you joking right now? These are our future leaders, future doctors, and future nurses. Our future.”

In other words, “Quis” is telling us that it isn’t just the panicdemic, that a lot of his students never reached grade level even before the virus hit. Mrs Flaherty and Miss Brooks were so very, very glad that they kept Steel Elementary School from being privatized, because they were pandering to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, but the statistics proved one obvious thing: that the teachers at Steel, as well as at “Quis” school, weren’t doing their jobs!

Oh, I get it: public school teachers number one priority is not their students, but keeping their jobs. That’s hardly a surprise: almost everyone’s top priority is keeping their jobs, but the best way to keep your job is to do your job well.

The next comes with a strong whiff of bovine feces:

One of the most significant aspects of the pandemic for children came after the closing of schools and the transition to online learning. Because of that, many students struggled to adapt to online learning and the loss of interactive learning that came from being in a classroom.

According to a paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, students lost out on about 35% of a normal year’s worth of learning when in-person school was stopped.

“Children still have not recovered the learning that they lost out on at the start of the pandemic,” Bastian Betthäuser, an author of the paper and researcher told CNN. “Education inequality between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds increased during the pandemic. So the learning crisis is an equality crisis. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds were disproportionately affected by school closures.”

For Black and Hispanic students, virtual learning sets them back greater than their white counterparts. According to the 2020 Census data, about 1 in 10 Black and Latinx homes lacked consistent computer access, compared to only 6.7% of white households. Many of these Black and Hispanic children had a harder time accessing online classroom materials, homework, or virtual classes.

Therefore, many of the students who were engaged during online learning were able to bounce back to in-person learning with no problems, while the other students who struggled to keep up with their virtual lessons during the pandemic have continued to struggle as they also congregated back inside the classrooms.

Really? When “Quis” tells us that the majority of his students are far, far behind, that doesn’t sound like “about 1 in 10 Black and Latinx (sic) homes” to me! When his students have apparently received no education at all since the panicdemic, and, for many, not all that much even before March of 2020.

It was several years ago, before COVID-19, that I was in a local grocery story, getting a box of fried pigeon chicken for lunch. The girl behind the counter, of an age to have been out of high school, was confused about what to charge, so I told her what it should be; I did the very simple math in my head. I explained how to do it, and she said that her teachers had told her not to worry about it, that there’d always be a calculator around!

I didn’t know this girl, and perhaps she was simply a dummy, and her teachers realized that she was just hopeless, but that statement truly bothered me. The problem was simple addition, something a second grader should have been able to do, but it was beyond an 18-year-old’s abilities. Even if she wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, some teacher, somewhere, should have taught her more than she apparently knew. But, as “Quis” told us, at least in his school system, the poorly educated would just be passed along.

The push for greater access to private schools for the working class — the wealthy and upper-middle classes can already afford private schools — isn’t really due to public school teachers and their idiotic unions pushing the queer agenda, though that’s a small part of it, but because our public schools have been failing so many public school students. The teachers and school administrators know that, if a large percentage of their students fail, their jobs will eventually be on the line, so they merrily pass the failures on to the next grade.

And when the students at Edward Steel Elementary get passed on to middle school? Mrs Flaherty and Miss Brooks will be happy and all smiles for the cameras, but then they’ll encounter teachers like “Quis,” teachers unable to teach seventh-grade material to kids at a fourth-grade, or lower, level.

It’s time to just plain clean house here!
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