This makes Guam look really, really bad! So if I was the Gov, Superintendent, Senator, or on the School Board, I wouldn't wait for parents to fix this.
I would just like to say that when I attended both private and public and the kids at public school are just as smart as the kids at private school, so say that the teacher is the one to blame isn't right. It takes the commit of a student to do well in their education. It is also the parent's job to make sure that if their child is not doing good in school, they help their child (the teacher is there to provide support).
I went to my child's school and was told they didn't have enough books for my kid to take home and do homework. What am I to do?
The bottom line is : When a student fails to learn then the teacher failed to teach !
Educating a child takes a village. We have to take a holistic approach to tackle the problem. Many times, we try to treat the symptoms while not fully addressing the problem. We have social economic issues at play here with growing inequality, we have inadequate learning environment where students don't have textbooks to take home for reference, we have don't have certified math teachers teaching math, we don't standardize the learning environment across the board-giving our students only 2% of success and 98% of failure, we have a Government that isn't transparent about the education expenditures, we have a lack of diversity in our school campus activities-many sports teams don't reflect our community ethnic population, we have inadequate community environment that does not support child growth-parks, sports programs, etc.. and we have a lack of efficient islandwide mass public transportation that would allow student and parents to have access to resources. The Governor of Guam has to demand that failing our student is not an option and work to address these issues.
I'd have to say that it's both the student and the parent. The only thing that separates an A/B student from others is their willingness to apply themselves. If a student takes the necessary time to study and do assignments, then he/she will excel. If the student is having a hard time understanding the material, that's what teachers are there for. I attended public school all my life and never in my whole student career have I ever encountered a teacher who isn't willing to help me if I asked for it. If it's possible for even just one student in the same class as others to get an A, I really don't see why it isn't possible for other students to do the same (assuming that none of them have a learning disability). That student has the same teacher, same administration, textbooks, facility, governor, etc. as his/her classmates. Notice that the only thing different is the parents. Parents not only need to instill the importance of education but also to encourage, motivate, and help whenever they can. They're ones that need to be checking their child's progress to make sure that their child is performing well. If the child isn't, then they're immediate reaction should be "What can I do to help?" This can be something as simple as substituting recreational hours for study time, making sure that the child gets enough sleep before class, or trying to teach the material themselves. They are the support and backbone. Again, if a student isn't willing to apply his/herself, then the best schools, teachers, etc. will do absolutely nothing to help poor grades. And if a student isn't applying his/herself, then it's a parents job to find out why and see what they can do to help.
.We as parents need to get more involved with our children and their education. We can not leave it all up to the Teachers or other GDOE staff. The Internet, our smartphones, the mall, game consles, etc., they do not substitute for good parenting.
GDOE has a lot to do with the low test scores as well. Why is GDOE having so MANY professional development (PD) days during the year? Why not during the summer? It takes teachers out of the classroom where they need to be! Yes PD for teachers are important, but it does nothing if the student is left hanging in the classroom or out of school when they should be in school.
Teachers should be TEACHING!...Not doing all of the "OTHER" things that are required as a result of their PD requirements. Yes, they can earn CEU but at who's expense? The students?...The taxpayers? They to pay taxes and I do hear a DIRECTLY from Teachers that if they could just spend more time in the classroom...hence, low test scores.
Parents, LETS STAY INVOLVED WITH OUR CHILDRENS EDUCTION. I don't mean passively like "how was you day at school?". I mean review notebooks, review their planners (if they have one) or write a note to the teacher if your child seems to be struggling. If we as parents do not get actively involved, our children will also not get actively involved with their education.
We are our children s leaders by examples. Let us show them the proper examples.
former guam teacher--(AOLG)--great pride a private schools --low pride at public schools, which starts with poor maintenance, facilities, and materials. "One term" teachers, nepotism at GovGuam, and U.S. teachers not taking pride in their work are all factors. By the way, I loved living on Guam and I loved almost everything about the island (except the power outages).
both student and parents are responsible. I am very blessed to have smart and self motivated kids & they do very well in school. They do need the help and care from home and a very good environment from parents to help them with homework and to teach them morals, values & self-worth. Parents are the cheerleaders for their child(ren). Kids need that extra encouragement from parents and good relatives.
If children from a foreign land can come to Guam and get good grades, there is little reason why our own children cannot get good grades.
What the heck? As a student myself, I wouldn't blame my parents for my low test scores. Rather, we should look towards the government as to why they aren't focusing their priorities on improving Guam's lackluster education.
I am a parent of public school students and their success starts with me. I set the tone and expectations for my children. I assist and monitor their assignments, I ensure extra activities do not interfere with their education, I talk with them about bullying and being understanding of others, I expose them to a variety of experiences beyond the classrooms. Schools have my children 180 days a year for 6-7 hours. Educators cannot do it alone, we need to support them. I want my children to maximize the free educational opportunity provided so I try my best to emphasize its importance. I try to talk with them about being grateful and appreciative of that opportunity.
You don't blame the parents when a team loses a football game. We send our kids to school so they can be educated. If we are going to blame the parents, we should close down the schools and require the kids to be home schooled.
Hmmmm.... l think the Senators need another pay raise..... Another slap on the face......
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