Print

Print


Gary Probst wrote:

 Maslow's hierarchy tells us why students are not successful.


Amy Puffer wrote:
>
> Thank you for not denying that poor socioeconomic conditions have a
> large impact on a students' ability to learn.  How can we expect a
> child to learn multiplication tables if he is starving with hunger?  How
> can we expect a student to perform well on a test when her daddy went
> to jail the night before?  I agree that poverty should not be an
> excuse that students use to explain poor grades and skills, however
> educators cannot deny the fact that these students require special
> attention and accommodations in order to succeed.  It is our job to
> help these students as well as our job to help the parents become
> involved in their child's education.
>
> Amy Puffer
> Keuka College
> [log in to unmask]
>
> John Flanigan wrote:
>
> This has been an interesting, but frustrating, thread. But why do we avoid
> discussing the primary reason that students do poorly in school--home
> environments that are antagonistic to education?
>
> Of course poverty has something to do with it. Of course having a
> sufficiency of materials in school has something to do with it. Of course
> having teachers who are not frustrated and hardened by years of
> misbehaving students and unsupportive parents, has something to do with
> it. But it can't be fixed by the schools alone. If the parents don't
> become involved in a positive and supportive way--instead of pitting
> themselves against the teachers, as I've seen much too often--their
> children have little chance to receive an optimal learning environment.
>
> Until we develop a means to encourage parents become more supportive and
> to allow the classroom teacher to keep order, I fear that we will not make
> much headway.
>
> John M. Flanigan <[log in to unmask]>     The equation is the final arbiter.
> Math Resource Instructor                            --Werner Heisenberg
> Kapi'olani Community College            The scoreboard is the final arbiter.
> Honolulu, Hawaii                                    --Bill Walton