2002-05-11 / Letters

Teach All Children The Same

Teach All Children The Same

Dear Editor;

Hi! With all the talk of P.S. 114Q and all the families in array, I would think the issue really starts in pre-K and Kindergarten. If your child goes to pre-K and you know your child goes to the challenging class, you are happy, when, in fact, all Kindergarten and pre-K students should have the same curriculum and they don't. So one thinks, is it homeowner versus apartment renter, high income, low-income, all do live in the district, as well as many races, religions? The issue should be all children are being taught the same and challenged to succeed.

When one class holds back books for three months, what group will be smarter? Why is the ultimate planner purchased by some classes and learned while other classes don't include it in the curriculum. Some learn sight words to build vocabulary and meaning, others have more art, music, yard-time. Why are these children being neglected a solid education? In the progressive classes, academics are strong and repetitive in a natural manner, while others are told were not learning that yet?

I understand the teachers haven't had a raise in two years? Do un-certified teachers get this raise as well as certified? Start asking more questions? If you're not involved your child suffers. I've asked for the curriculum for three years now, still haven't received one. Why is that? Isn't it supposed to be readily available to all parents? You know the New York City and State-approved curriculum for P.S. 114Q. I called the district numerous times. No one followed through? Why not? If you have one, please pass it along to The Wave for me. I would really appreciate it.


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