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3. What do you think are the most serious problems facing urban schools and communities, and why? read and a essaY

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Asked by jaymom07 at 11:51 PM on Dec. 17, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • huh?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:19 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • The biggest problem is lack of patience from the teachers and lack of discipline at home. I found that teachers spend most of their disciplining instead of teaching. This causes most of the children who are there for behaving to miss out on very important instruction. They also have over crowded classrooms. My son went to a public urban school and his teacher kept complaining that he was not turning in his homework. I went to the school only to find out he's got 50 students in his classroom and he's been stuffing all the work in his desk. His teacher was not able to make sure the work was going home because she had to maintain 49 other children half of which was very unruly.

    Answer by Sis.Jackson at 1:06 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • Parents who don't read up on the MANY aspects of parenting, and take responsibility to DO what is needed - time together, fun & laughter, regular sleep & good food, no TV & reading aloud good books, etc. Nowadays, too many parents expect the schools to BRING UP their children in addition to presenting lessons in math / history / writing, etc. Children cannot learn if they or their classmates don't arrive at school ready to think clearly, pay attention, and behave respectfully toward teachers and fellow students. Does this sound like too much to expect of students? It used to be taken for granted a couple of decades ago - and at that time the U.S. was a leader in education.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 1:07 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • cont. Then you have teachers because of the frustration just give up and don't even try to teach the child. If he/she is falling behind they just move them along and will not notify you that the child is failing until the end of the school year.

    Answer by Sis.Jackson at 1:07 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • Segregation from children from diff backgrounds

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • From what I have seen so far~Parental involvement and accountability. Too many teachers are considered more of a babysitter by parents. If the parents do not respect the teacher, then (imo) why would the child?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:13 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • Lack of parental involvement. Most importantly parents who do not value education. They send rude obnoxious brats to school and expect the school to teach them morals and manners. School should be about academics, and academics only. You can't teach math when you're disciplining all day long, because parents haven't taught their kids how to behave at school.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:34 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • I went to the school only to find out he's got 50 students in his classroom and he's been stuffing all the work in his desk. States have mandates on the student teacher ration for public schools. (part of that whole NCLB crap) ... If there really was 50 students, You should probably report the school to the state. Involved parent's should know what is going on and the size of the classroom from day 1 till the last day of school.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:45 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • I would have to agree with parental accountability. I read an article about parental accountability and it stated many Educators ignore parental accountability issues and instead focus on receiving more money.. Accusing the reformers ignoring the worst of parenting:

    • reading to their children, review a spelling list or monitor homework assignments;

    • assume a role in monitoring what their children watch on television, how much sleep they get or what they eat;

    • lie to school officials about attendance and fail to teach manners to their children by attaching no consequences to misbehavior;

    • refuse to attend a parent-teacher conference or even respond to requests to discuss the progress of their children;

    • teach their children basic vocabulary, how to count to 10 or the difference between left and right.

    Answer by myame at 9:54 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

  • Here is the article.

    Also, in Toldeo our kids have to wear uniforms in public schools. We had an issue where a 6th grade girl came to school whering a HOT PINK leopard skin bra under pale colored uniform shirt. The school made her call her parent for either a shirt to wear over the bra but under the uniform or to change the bra. When the girl's mom showed up, she was LIVID.... AT THE SCHOOL?!?!? I couldnt believe it. Some parent's. What can you do?

    Answer by myame at 9:57 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

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