Monday, July 03, 2017
District 75 Schools Force Teachers To Teach Academics Rather Than The Life Skills Students Need.
District 75 have the most disabled and behaviorally challenged students in the public school system. These schools have self-contained classrooms with 6 to 8 students per class, along with a para or two. Few, if any of these disabled students graduate with the academic skills to go to college and the few who do, are usually subject to no-credit remedial courses as they struggle not to fail out of the more demanding college environment. Ask any District 75 teacher and they will tell you that their job should be to teach the students "life skills". Like counting money, holding a job, taking public transportation, and practice good hygiene. Instead the District 75 administrators, under pressure from DOE Central, forces the teachers to teach Common Core Math, Social Studies, and Science instead.
Many of the District 75 students have major academic issues due to their disability like autism, down syndrome, and ADD/ADHD. Rather than train them to survive in the world after school, like how to develop social skills, working at a job,, make their own meals, and select their own clothes. The District 75 administrators push these students to learn academic subjects that have little or no practical application to these students.
What good is it when the student can't dress or feed themselves properly and suffers from poor hygiene as they enters adulthood and interact with the rest of the adult world? Who is there to train the child on "life skills" when their teachers are forced to teach academics instead?
The misguided policy of the District 75 administration only hurts the most vulnerable of children who graduate unprepared for independent living in the hard and cruel adult world. To me that its real educational malfeasance.