If not by now, then very soon, the Measurements of Student Progress testing throughout this state will have been completed. But that is not the concern of this letter.
Where have the students been during the past year to get prepared for these tests? I do various kinds of shopping on weekdays at different times of the day. As a retired teacher, what I see is upsetting.
An astounding number of school-aged children are with their parents, shopping. This is not a rare occurrence; it is prevalent every day of the week, no matter the hour. The number of children I see cannot all be home-schooled, have doctor appointments, etc.
Add to this the organization that plans the annual “Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year it was scheduled for April 25, right during the time teachers are attempting to get students ready for the “big tests”! Why can’t this “special day” be held during July or August?
Getting students properly educated is not the sole responsibility of our teachers. Parents and students also share that responsibility and need to take it seriously. Kids need to be in school in order to be taught.