I've unsubscribed for a few weeks while I leave town, but I had to comment on the need to decrease the disparity of learning among poor and wealthier children.
In Baltimore city my salary as a teacher was $7,000 less than it would be in the county where I live, and much less than any of the city's surrounding counties. Suppose I wanted to go back to teaching in the city. My heart is in the classroom, my home county hasn't hired me, and I like making a difference. I *couldn't* go back because now the city can only hire people who live in the city. Meanwhile, the city school system gets more and more strapped for money. They are saving money by cutting down on building maintenance. So the schools look even shabbier than they have looked. The kids get this message. They don't count.
The kids in inner city Baltimore love learning as much as any kids I've taught. Many elementary students consider school a haven. (If they don't have a teacher that despises them)
It makes me mad.
Cathy Brady Math Specialist/Education firstname.lastname@example.org Maryland Science Center Opinions are my own "Beyond Numbers" exhibit or something I overheard Baltimore's Inner Harbor