My child has diagnosed issues of writing difficulties and SLD. He has consecutive functioning issues organizing his time and help with long projects. He has computer accommodations in his IEP for use of a computer in class. At least 1/2 of his teachers will NOT allow a computer in their classroom, their excuse is they are preparing child for college). The school has a NO Electronics in the school policy that is strictly enforced. This attitude of the school and the stigma of him needing a computer when no one else is allowed translates that he refuses to take his own computer to the classes will allow it. He as most kids nowadays use their phones as a clock. He can not use his alarms on his phone to help him organize his time. (i.e. alarm to to turn in assignments etc.)
Teachers clearly state to parents that they have no time to deal with any learning needs. I hear a regular litany of how many students they have, all the work they need to do, and how the child needs to grow up. Things to improve 1) every child needs a computer/tablet. 2) Use it. 3) model use of "agenda" or planning strategies everyday from 4th grade through high school for every subject.
I often look back at my time spent in Taos High School with joy and yearning. I can understand that the school is lacking funds for different programs and that being a school in the state of New Mexico indirectly translates to lack of funds. However, despite the lack of funds, many students has gained knowledge beyond what a text book could teach: we learned how to speak up when the system (the school, at times) imposes unreasonable rules upon the population, we learned that keeping a good relationship with our managers (in this case, our teachers) is as vital as not failing the class etc etc. Point is, Taos High School has many to offer other than grades. I understand the importance for students to keep grades, but life is more than a letter grade and Taos High School has many to offer if one is willing to be patient and turn the cover.
taos has the worst educational learning expirence, with , taos high should be shut down and sudent deserve a much better edua=cation at a different school with a much better educated principle. yes i did attend taos high and i disagree with everthing that they are doing.
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