I almost choked up a lung while watching the local newscast this morning report on school districts weighing the option of cutting back on the amount of homework given to students with the support of parents…because of—now get this—stress.
I immediately thought of the recent report that detailed how 1 percent of the student body at the high school near my home, Dorsey High School, were proficient in math and that only 21 percent of students even meet the requirement to attend a 2-year or 4-year university. This school also has a 36 percent dropout rate.
I went online to read the actual newspaper print article from which the television news pulled their story from. And after reading the article, I calmed down. See, I keep telling people, you can’t believe everything you hear on the news.
Los Angeles Unified School District is not one of the districts mentioned as considering cutting down on homework—and that’s a good thing, because I think it’d be kind of hard to justify cutting homework for students who can’t read or do math. I’m just saying.
The school districts wanting to cut homework are districts where let’s just say, there’s a more affluent student population coupled with parents who are actually—now get this—are involved in their child’s education. I know…that was a shocker for me too.
The article detailed how one school, a private school, had already nixed book reports all together! Just try getting students in some of L.A.’s inner city schools to read a book, let alone turn in a book report—on time. And some of you teachers out there know exactly what I’m talking about.
See these are the types of luxuries certain school districts and parents of students who are performing at or above grade level can contemplate I guess. It must be nice.
What I will say is that it was very misleading for my local newscast to report this story as if this was something being looked at by the beleaguered L.A. Unified School District where like I said, too many students can’t even read at their grade level.
And I thought I was going to have meet my local school board member at her office this morning. Stand down Jasmyne, lol.
Oh—and for the record, I am not a parent ( I just give a damn) and I am very thankful that I don’t have any kids attending public school in Los Angeles. And my condolences to those who do.