Education Discrimination Is Real

By Angela Santana

When I was teaching at a private school in Chicago, we had an assessment for all new students. It was just the fundamentals: Reading, Math, English, Science, and Social Studies. We looked for "learning gaps". This looks for any subject matter that the student may not fully understand.

We had to fill those gaps in order for the student to arrive at their grade level. We would “prescribe" material for the student to arrive at grade level. I also spoke with the students' former teachers, I learned that many students would pass classes with a D-. In my career, anything below a C was considered a failing grade. I was disappointed by this, many teachers admitted to passing a student with a D- because of their age being higher than the average student at the same grade level. I never liked this policy because students were graduating at a level considered “functionally illiterate”. Those are not my words, there are several studies showing this. I can recommend studies from the University of Chicago.

Now, I’m not speaking for all Chicago Public Schools, but many of the high school students I worked with were reading at a 5th grade level. I also worked with students who were expelled from Chicago Public Schools due to fights and other offenses.

No, kids I worked with were dumb at all. They just learned differently, or they weren’t made to sit at a desk all day and soak up information. I learned this quickly.

The public education system works as if all students learn the same, this is not the truth. Not all students learn at the same pace, some need a little more help, some may fly through it.

In a majority of public school classrooms, the whole class moves at the same place. If you don’t the material at first attempt, we must move on. This, to me, is educational discrimination.

There are different methods of learning and only a couple methods may be applied in the classroom. I thought of many methods to help students improve is this.

The one method that really helped was to get a fellow student who understood the concept and was willing to come up front and explain how they came to understanding the material. This helped immensely and students did much better.

Why did I do this? Because the students can relate to their peers more than me, a Gen X mind. Much of the

It really helps and incentivizes students to want to learn, and lead more.

This method encouraged class participation. Morale went up, grades went up, the students bonded over this method. We created a team of workers, leaders, teachers, and friends.

I wish I can do this again, I’d give my life to do so. I also work with wonderful teachers who would do the same. However, political antics pulled by non-governmental agencies take all the fun out of teaching. It’s time we take back our education back by letting parents, students, and educators help decide what is best for the student.

I hear that public school leadership and the union want ~$27K per student. I learned that there are private schools that will allow students attend for about 50% less money for tuition. This is what I call frugal governing. We must not let one single organization make decisions for the whole of education. This is a monopolistic, authoritarian, and Marxist. We’re a democratic republic, not servants to the ruling class.

We were created in God’s image to be a free people. If I have a choice regarding whether or not to get an abortion, why can’t I choose education, with the help of experienced educators, to choose where my student’s education? Free will is definitely not free when it comes to education.

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Angelaillinois

Angelaillinois

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I’m an Ordained Minister and Evangelist. I actively look for ways to add value to the lives of others.