My last doll post showed Adele in a conference with parents, discussing her third grade class. A prior post showed her discussing Tyler with Vanessa, and his recent poor performance. Well the Tyler post was inspired by poor school performance by the real Tyler in my life. Even though he has tutoring several times a week, he is still getting poor progress reports. I decided to step in and help. Yesterday, I went to sit with him and try to get an overview of all the classes and where they are so far.
Now, this is where my headache starts..... He doesn't have any books. Why? Because here in GA, (and probably in other states, too) all the text book access is on-line. HUH? Well, what about the child who doesn't have a computer or internet access at home? Surely that child can have access to a book? I am being told, NO. Really? How asinine is that? So that child that doesn't have this access, has to learn it all at school, or else? The teachers realize that some students don't have the access, so how do they try to accommodate this? By not assigning homework? HUH? Again totally asinine!
Right now, Tyler doesn't have internet access at home, because they are in transition and moving to another place. But he does have a dad who makes sure he gets to the library on a regular basis. Personally, I doubt that Tyler is going on-line to look at those textbooks, while he is there. If he was, maybe his grades would be better. But now, for me, or any other outside tutor, we are a disadvantage. We really need books in hand to be the most effective.
And what about the poor families that can't afford $50+ per month for internet access, and who don't find ways for their kids to get to the library? I am so sick of these systems that are put in place that put the less fortunate kids at a disadvantage. These systems set the kids up for failure and that's just not right. There has to be back-ups in place to accommodate all the kids. Not just the ones who can afford a computer and internet.
I will say that what is on-line is really nice, and well thought out. So kudos to them for achieving that. But shame on them for not considering all the students. These are public schools and all the kids deserve the best chance possible!
So now, I am on a mission to get some answers. Wish me luck! Does anyone have any Tylenol?