Friday, January 30, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

We need to give students hope

By
From page A6 | July 18, 2014 |

It was serendipity: An article on the Davis school district’s summer school that serves “some” credit recovery students (July 13). An article about the Common Core math curriculum. News that yet another neighbor’s bright teen bit off more than he could chew taking AP courses, fell behind, imploded, is now on the fast track to community college and not MIT (the previous trajectory), and is home this summer, depressed and discouraged.

Remediating a high school course requires a student to take the “exact same class.” 99.9 percent of Davis High School’s sophomore through senior courses are not offered in summer school. The Davis school district’s upper-class, A-G, honors and AP courses have to be taken over the following year to be remediated.

This means a student who was not successful taking one English or social studies course — with all of its associated reading and writing — gets to take two at the same time! It also means there is no realistic chance for a junior to fix her F in AP American history before applying for college the following fall, or for a senior to fix her F in physics (AP, A-G, honors) before having her admission revoked.

The Davis school district is transitioning to the Common Core curriculum. Hence, right now is a great time for the district to purchase and implement curriculum with an online counterpart. Like Lowell High School, a school venerated in AIM committee meetings, the Davis district could purchase Edgenuity’s Common Core mathematics curriculum. If courses could be retaken and remediated online, our students who mess up have a chance to fix errors in a reasonable timeframe in accordance with concrete, manageable, supported steps. They would have a chance to get back on track.

More importantly, if DHS offered developmentally appropriate second chances, the non-academic curriculum this village is teaching a number of our children would include hope. Providing a summer school alternative would demonstrate to our children that we are proud of them for challenging themselves, we know it’s hard, we care whether or not they succeed, we won’t abandon them if they try and fail and we’ll support them when they get up and try again.

Carin Loy

Davis

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Parents will get tools to help their children thrive in school

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Town hall focuses on Coordinated Care Initiative

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Free tax preparation service begins Monday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Walkers head out three times weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3Comments are off for this post

     
    No bare bottoms, thanks to CommuniCare’s Diaper Drive

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Still time to purchase tickets for DHS Cabaret

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Storyteller relies on nature as his subject on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    All voices welcome at sing-along Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Great Chefs Program will feature Mulvaney

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    February science fun set at Explorit

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Take a photo tour of Cuba at Flyway Nights talk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    A ‘new deal’ for the WPA building

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    Protect root zone to save trees

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Weigh quality of life, density

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Olive expert joins St. James event

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    We’re grateful for bingo proceeds

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Sports

    UCD has another tough football schedule in 2015

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Gould’s influence felt mightily in recent Super Bowls

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Mustangs hold off UCD women

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD men set new school D-I era win record

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Sharks double up Ducks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Watney, Woods start slow at TPC Scottsdale

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Recall that first Aggie TV game, national title?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

     
    ‘Song of the Sea’ is an enchanting fable

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    ‘Artist’s Connection’ launches on DCTV

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

     
    Gross’ paintings highlight a slice of Northern California

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    February show at YoloArts’ Gallery 625 is ‘Food for Thought’

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, January 30, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: A9