Our public schools depend on government money to survive and state funds as well. Therefore the MCT is mandatory and a thorn in the side of all education staff to produce good results in order to maintain the funds to keep the schools open. Teaching to test is a major issue for all educators and one they would love to see go away, so instead of griping about the principal or the teachers inability to teach children what they want to teach them, elect officials that will do away with the pass any child whether they can read or not, and eliminate the teaching to test concept from our schools. Race isnt the issue folks, its how the children are taught at home vs. what time the teachers have to teach them at school.
I think West Kemper Elementary is a great school. The teachers are doing the best that they can. I believe the parent don't really understand what goes on in a school. Yes, they are preparing for the MCT test. That's what the teachers are suppose to do. The parents need to step up and help out. If we would get more involved and stop some of the darn complaining, we could have some progress.
The kids at this school is not being taught much but to study for the mct test through out the school year. Teachers go on without realizing that majority of the students have not picked up what was taught to them. The teachers are cramming so much to the students all at once for the mct. The parents involvement is getting better, but the parents need to voice their opinion more to what is going on at the school to make this a better school for all children to learn better. Understand the children need their basic. Listen to them and teach them.
I think the principal is doing a great job. Each morning she gives words of encourage to over 500 students and employee. Most parents have 1 to 7(child) children. Now, think if we give words of encourage each day. A person's race should have nothing to do with education,but one's knowledge should have everything to do with learning. I have experience working with all races, but still I judge none his or her race, but by their character. If you want your child to be challange more in education ,then I advice you to work with them in the home. Therefore, his or her character will shine through the darkness.
I agree with the previous persons review. The fact that the principle of this school is caucasion and the student population is mostly African American should not matter, but in this situation it does. The saddest part about this situation to me is that a lot of our students want to do better and basicly have to go to this school. I also agree that the student expectations are extremely low. I have never seen as many students failing in the same classes as I have at this school. We need to wake up!
The school does not have a good parent/principal relationship, and I think that is very important. I honestly feel that the principal really does not have an understanding or a genuine ability to be sensitive to the needs of the students at this school. As can be seen in the schools profile the school is made up of about 97% African American students and the principal is Caucasian when there are only about 3% Caucasian students. Not that it should matter but in my opinion in dealing with and hearing from a number of parents it does in this situation. Also I feel that there is not enough expected of our students at this school. If there is not much expected of a child, then there is not much done by the child