Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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MLUSD strikes again

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From page A5 | November 25, 2013 | 6 Comments

EDITOR:

My fourth grader at Indian Creek is in a class with 31 kids. Once a week for a period of time, there are 35 kids in her class. Her teacher is amazing. She tries her best to give the children what they need and still try to teach the curriculum that she is required to teach. My daughter is doing worse in school than she ever has due to too many students,  inappropriate curriculum (Common Core will be much worse) and no help.

The new superintendent of MLUSD seems to think that it is just fine and there are no issues with the schools or the classrooms. This is very evident in the exact same letters that she has sent out to myself and other parents. I have gotten the run around by the school board as well as the superintendent and have gotten nowhere.

When you have so many kids shoved into classrooms like sardines, where they are not getting any attention and falling through the cracks, as well as regressing in their education, you get kids that are frustrated, have a low tolerance, no self esteem, can no longer rationalize, are stressed and seclude themselves, which can ultimately end in disaster.

Schools are often the first line of defense in seeing small changes in students, especially if they have a rough family life. If the staff has so many students that they can no longer see or hear them individually, then what happens? I have had a teacher actually tell me that she has too many students to keep track of and that she can only push them through to the next grade.

Really? This is the best we can do?

I fear that we will see more and more instances like the most recent Nevada shooting if we do not wake up and pay attention to our kids.

How are we to trust the schools and districts, to protect and teach our children? Can I trust that the district has my child in its best interest or is my child just a number to get more funding for it? I can assure you, at this point with my experience, they are just a number.

I know that all the staff at the school cares about the kids; however, when you do not get any support and are expected to watch over so many children with so little, then how can you succeed? What other options are there? Homeschooling? Charter school? Yes, but it’s still county run or hard, if you work.

I understand it’s “public education,” but if you want better adults in this world, than you better start teaching children better.

Parents need to stand up and not just “settle” for what is given to them. Our kids, our future, deserves better than that.

MYRA K. LOWDER
Placerville

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  • cookie65November 25, 2013 - 8:20 am

    You will never read about it in the corrupt leftist media but what Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin is simply astonishing. The unions left nothing on the table trying to keep their gravy train going. The possibility of fixing California's schools doesn't exist. This state is owned and operated by the teachers and state workers unions. It stopped being about education when the money laundering between the unions and the leftists was legalized. http://city-journal.org/2012/22_1_scott-walker.html

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  • GeraldNovember 26, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Cookie you're really Steven Colbert right? You can tell me.

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  • Susie O.November 26, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    cookie65, I think you've lost your cookies. Yawn to all your demented liberal-bashing. You take any subject and twist it to bash liberals. It's old, already.

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  • PvillejackNovember 26, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    Thank you Susie O! Cookie65 must look for leftists under the bed all the time. Sad.

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  • Susie O.November 26, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    Myra, just about every school, and every teacher in classrooms 4th grade and up, teach that many students in California. I used to teach in Los Angeles, and that's just how it is. It's not anything that MLUSD is doing "wrong." Unless you and all the taxpayers in the district want to tax yourselves a lot more money to hire a lot more teachers and build more buildings, class sizes won't be going down. You haven't "gotten anywhere" and have "gotten the runaround" probably because the district doesn't have any answers for your rhetorical questions. It sounds like you are just causing problems for them because they can't solve what's bugging you. Stop wasting their time. If you don't like it, put your child in a private school...oh, but I tried that once, they had a French person teaching English and she was an awful teacher. The math teacher was a total witch and enjoyed humiliating kids who didn't understand what she was teaching. The school administrators fired the good competent teachers. Did you know private school teachers don't have to have a teaching certifications? True. MLUSD and the other school districts do the best they can. I tutored my child every night for a couple of hours to make sure she understood the day's lessons, from kindergarten to ninth grade, when I could see that she was "getting it". Want your daughter to do well? Then be involved with her homework and schoolwork. The extra teaching and attention she gets from you, her parent, will do wonders for her learning.

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  • NorCalGalNovember 29, 2013 - 11:59 am

    I felt like I was reading a story about my own daughter, a once bright, outgoing girl, now cries every night and calls herself "stupid". My daughter is in 4th grade at Indian Creek. I think her learning problems started in 3rd grade. All of my furlough days were spent volunteering in her classroom. I couldn't believe the chaos in the classroom. The class was out of control and I felt like the teacher would have a nervous breakdown any day. When the school year ended, her teacher told me she was an average to above average student. When 4th grade started, within the first six weeks, she was failing in three categories. I started working with her a couple of hours each night and there has been improvement however, I am a single mom and work in Sacramento. Evening time is limited. Each night, we need to eat dinner, bathe, and spend significant time on homework/learning. She is getting to bed after 10:00 most nights and I don't feel like this is a solution she can live with indefinitely. (She's not getting enough sleep). Thank you for your letter. It really helps to know that I am not alone in this struggle for an education for my daughter.

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