Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

I made the comments further below to a blog post by Mike Klonsky titled The Year They Began Calling Poverty and Homelessness an ‘Excuse’.  Read his post, it speaks to the irrational thoughts and actions sweeping our nation in the guise of educational reform.  Since my comment was constrained to a word limit, I expand on it in the next paragraph.

It is a shame politicians, billionaires, and those aligned with the latter, as well as the misinformed and misguided, believe that the primary responsibility for our nation’s educational challenges rest on teachers.  While they are a significant factor, they are neither the sole nor the key factor.  The student, and his/her family, is the most significant factor in the student’s educational achievement, all of which is directly affected by their socioeconomic status.  When students and their families struggle with the basic necessities of life, especially if they have…

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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