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Angie Sullivan teaches young children in Clark County, Nevada. She is a one-woman crusader for the rights of children.
How best to discriminate against small young persons of color in Nevada. . .
1. Fail to hire teachers for impoverished communities – staff with substitutes.
2. Ensure that no one will want to work in impoverished communities because you punish anyone who does.
3. Fail to fund.
4. Replace instruction with repeated and incessant testing – if the students fail, test them some more rather than provide additional support. Drive them into the pavement with testing. Smash them. Make sure they cannot get better by replacing all instruction with additional testing. 13 tests is not enough! Let’s invent another! We don’t need the same test – we just need more tests!
5. Retain. Any small child who is not able to score like a white kid in Connecticut by the time they are seven . . . Punish them with repeating another non-instructional, non-supported year obsessed with testing year. Ignore every study that shows that retention is closely linked to not graduating and social stigma. Punish small children and punish them hard! Don’t you dare support them as would be required to succeed – whip them, whip their teachers, whip their schools.
That is a summary of what is occurring right now in the Nevada State Board meeting
I cannot watch this destruction.
Kids are more than a score.
It is a rare few kids that benefit from retention.
It takes between 5 to 10 years for language learners to be proficient in academic English – if they are supported.
Underfunding and no recognizing the significant need because of poverty in our community – is a problem.
The kids who will be retained will be brown – because that is what has happened in every state that has implemented #readby3.
O God hear the words of my mouth let those who implement this horrible crime see. I cannot bear to watch. All I can do is weep. How did we get to this horrible relentless place?