Superintendent: Students should not be force fed

Shelter Island School Superintendent Michael Hynes isn’t surprised by recently released data revealing students in the United States often experience a drop off in test scores as they advance from elementary to middle school and then high school.

The statistics from the U.S. Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics shows there’s less improvement on standardized tests over time, according to the center’s director, Jack Buckley. The tests measure performances in math, science and reading as compared with scores of students from other countries.

“These new international comparisons underscore the urgency of accelerating achievement in secondary school and the need to close large and persistent achievement gaps,” according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Dr. Hynes attributes the problem to reading and writing abilities that aren’t where they should be by high school. There have been a lot of shifts in methods of teaching reading and writing and much has been lost in switching from one system to another, he said.

There’s also a change in parenting that Dr. Hynes said results in poorer student performances by high school. Parents are often working two or even three jobs and may not have the time to oversee students’ homework or come to school to meet with teachers, he said. And some parents tend to blame the school when there are problems. When he was a student, he recalled, if his parents were called to school because of a problem, they generally embraced and worked with educators to assure he would straighten up and fly right. Today, some parents assume the educators are wrong, he said. There has to be a balance and more cooperation between parents and teachers.

A look at the school PTSA will show more parents involved with the school district when their children are in elementary grades; fewer parents when students at the middle school level; and a real drop off among parents of high school students, Dr. Hynes said. One element of that is because older students want to assert their independence and don’t want their parents involved.

But from the earliest school years, American educators and parents help students more than they should, instead of encouraging them to work out their own solutions, he said. A study of U.S. and Japanese students showed that teachers and parents stepped in quickly when they observed a child struggling to resolve a problem. In Japan, a full half-hour went by before anyone stepped in to assist the child, Dr. Hynes said.

“We need to celebrate working it out,” he said about encouraging students to take time to explore potential solutions. But teachers here argue that they often don’t have the time to allow students to work out solutions because of the mass of material they must cover to prepare students for Regents exams. The result is too little time is devoted to allowing a child to learn what went wrong when he or she failed. People tend to learn more from their failures than their successes, the superintendent said.

There’s a race to cover more material instead of covering material in depth. The result is that schools are “force-feeding students,” he said.

“When performance is based on testing, opportunities to struggle are hampered,” Dr. Hynes said. Testing has to be used as a “growth model” for teachers and students, not an assessment of their abilities. Tests scores are “just one of the spokes” on the educational wheel, he said.

American students are “conditioned to think” failure is bad and struggling is a negative, he said. They would be better served by covering less material, but being allowed to struggle more to learn.

Toward that end, Dr. Hynes has a five-year goal of increasing the “rigor” involved in improving reading and writing skills and learning basic math facts. The result will be that students who graduate from Shelter Island High School will be more resilient and better able to cope in college and the workplace, he said.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do. Our job is not just academic,” Dr. Hynes said. Educators need to be involved with the social and emotional development of students.

j.lane@sireporter.com

89 Comment

  • My heart broke when they zoomed in on Nando’s face at the beginning with the match. He looked so sad. I honestly thought he’d come in after the 70th minute or so. I’d like for him to see some action in Munich.

  • It is a beautiful picture with very good light-weight :o

  • Hi, I do believe this is a great site. I stumbledupon it ;) I may revisit yet again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  • It’s always the way isn’t it – you spend an eternity researching something, only to find a page like this that gives you all the info in one place that you’ve just wasted hours researching! Considering the topic covered, you have done a superb job of making this informative, while very interesting to read – top job, well done! Thanks, I have learnt something new here, which I like to try and do everyday. Thank you so much for publishing this. I hope you don’t mind, but I have added a link to this website from my my Google+ page.

  • A formidable share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing slightly evaluation on this. And he in reality bought me breakfast because I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If doable, as you turn into expertise, would you thoughts updating your blog with extra details? It’s highly helpful for me. Large thumb up for this weblog submit!

  • Truly it’s referred to as Search engine optimisation that when i search for this post I found this website at the top of all blogs in search engine.

  • you are in point of fact a just right webmaster. The site loading speed is incredible. It seems that you’re doing any distinctive trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a wonderful process on this topic!

  • I hope you never stop! This is one of the best blogs Ive ever read. Youve got some mad skill here, man. I just hope that you dont lose your style because youre definitely one of the coolest bloggers out there. Please keep it up because the internet needs someone like you spreading the word.

  • Thank you for your entire efforts on this web site. My daughter delights in making time for internet research and it’s obvious why. A lot of people learn all about the dynamic mode you produce important tricks on this web site and therefore recommend participation from others about this point and my daughter is in fact being taught a lot. Have fun with the remaining portion of the year. You are performing a really good job.

  • Hi Fine wewebsite. Solve you want to guest distribute in my own someday? If that’s the case delight agree to me know by way of e-mail or merely respond this kind of comment as I enrolled in notices and definately will recognize ought to you.

  • Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people consider worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  • I’ve learn a few excellent stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how much attempt you set to create this kind of magnificent informative web site.

  • I’m not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful info I was looking for this information for my mission.

  • I am commenting to make you understand of the excellent discovery my friend’s child found checking your site. She even learned too many things, which included what it’s like to have an awesome giving style to let other individuals effortlessly know selected advanced topics. You really surpassed visitors’ expected results. Many thanks for presenting these informative, safe, explanatory not to mention cool tips on that topic to Jane.

  • When some one searches for his required thing, therefore he/she needs to be available that in detail, so that thing is maintained over here.

  • What’s up all, here every one is sharing these kinds of knowledge, therefore it’s good to read this web site, and I used to pay a visit this weblog everyday.

  • I must declare, as much as I enjoyed reading what you had to say, I couldnt avoid nevertheless mislay advantage behind a although. Its as proviso you had a fantastic grasp taking place the subject substance, except you forgot to contain your us your readers. Maybe you should ponder on the subject of this from far further than one angle. Or possibly you shouldnt simplify hence to a great extent. Its enhanced condition you imagine regarding what others may have to articulate instead of immediately departing for a gut result to the subject. Think regarding adjusting your identifiable belief process and philanthropic others who may interpret this the benefit of the doubt.

  • I notice something correctly elite in this site.

  • Im grateful for the blog.Much thanks again. Great.

  • Definitely, what a great blog and illuminating posts, I surely will bookmark your blog.All the Best!

  • I like this web blog very much, Its a rattling nice billet to read and obtain info .

  • Amazing video, in fact a pleasant quality, this YouTube video touched me a lot in terms of quality.

  • Really nice design and style and good content material , practically nothing else we want : D.

  • Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to mention that I have really loved browsing your weblog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I’m hoping you write once more very soon!

  • Wow, what a video it is! Truly fastidious feature video, the lesson given in this video is genuinely informative.

  • I will immediately clutch your rss as I can’t find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly allow me recognize in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

  • It’s actually a great and useful piece of info. I am satisfied that you shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  • My wife and i ended up being really thankful Jordan managed to finish up his reports using the precious recommendations he got from your site. It’s not at all simplistic to just find yourself giving for free tactics which often some others might have been trying to sell. And we already know we need the blog owner to thank for this. Most of the illustrations you have made, the straightforward site menu, the relationships you will aid to foster – it’s got everything powerful, and it’s really helping our son in addition to the family reason why that content is amusing, which is very vital. Many thanks for the whole thing!

  • I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an nervousness over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

  • Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you ever been running a blog for? you made blogging glance easy. The total glance of your site is magnificent, let alone the content material!

  • Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year older daughter and supposed “You can heed the ocean if you situate this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. At hand was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never desires to go back! LoL I get this is wholly rancid issue except I had to discern someone!

  • Excellent post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Bless you!

  • Great work. I am looking forward for the same effective work from you in the future as well. I will subscribe to your feed please keep posting!

  • Good – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related information ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, website theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Excellent task..

  • Appreciating the persistence you put into your blog and in depth information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Wonderful read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  • Hello my loved one! I want to say that this article is amazing, great written and come with approximately all important infos. I would like to look extra posts like this.

  • In the present day I was so tired, and now this time I have got some relax by watching this funny YouTube video, thanks, keep it up.

  • Some truly nice and useful info on this site, besides I conceive the style and design contains great features.

  • I am really enjoying the theme/design of your website. Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues? A few of my blog visitors have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?

  • you are truly a good webmaster. The website loading velocity is incredible. It sort of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you have done a great task in this matter!

  • Amen. I’m getting rather tired of reading articles like these.

  • I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented for your post. They are very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are too brief for newbies. Could you please prolong them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  • Hi, Neat post. There is an issue along with your web site in internet explorer, could check this

  • Hi, i think that i saw you visited my website so i came to

  • Well I truly enjoyed reading it. This post procured by you is very useful for correct planning.

  • Im Straßenverkehr ist ein Unfall schnell passiert. Einen ersten Ãœberblick verschaffen unsere bereitgestellten Checklisten. Martin Steinreiser bietet Ihnen im Raum Berlin ein umfassendes Leistungsspektrum an, um alle Eventualitäten erfassen zu können.

  • I like what you guys are up also. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site :)

  • Great write-up, I’m regular visitor of one’s web site, maintain up the nice operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a lengthy time.

  • I would like to write articles based on the information collected through some copyright books. I will not copy – paste the material but edit or modify it so that this is remains exactly the same. I would also give credit to the books and their authors. Am I breaking any the laws of copyright?.

  • I truly appreciate this article post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  • Mit unserer Fischfahrzentrale brauchst du deine Fische nicht allein auf die Reise schicken.

  • As a Newbie, I am constantly browsing online for articles that can be of assistance to me. Thank you

  • I simply want to mention I’m very new to blogs and absolutely savored you’re web site. Likely I’m want to bookmark your website . You surely come with excellent articles and reviews. Thanks a bunch for sharing your web page.

  • Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your site is so cool. I am impressed by the details that you’ve on this blog. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What an ideal website.

  • You’ve described some unbelievablely valid points here. We are fortunate to live in this type of world with access to points like this at our disposal.

  • Some truly great content on this web site , thankyou for contribution.

  • Pingback: Divorce Law Attorney

  • Pingback: Protest the Hero guitar cover

  • Pingback: Music

  • Pingback: perfumes overwrapping

  • Pingback: Tobillo

  • Pingback: uwhi.org

  • Pingback: Luthier Jean Didier Maille

  • Pingback: Earth4energy Review

  • Pingback: Homepage

  • Pingback: best mexican restaurants in oak creek

  • Pingback: part time jobs

  • Pingback: fitness exercise healthy

  • Pingback: transmission fluid

  • Pingback: Juno Login

  • Pingback: cree led flashlight

  • Pingback: j john sebastian attorney buffalo

  • Pingback: Buy Rickenbacker 325 Guitars

  • Pingback: jigolobar

  • Pingback: Jersey Indonesia

  • Pingback: Home Weekly Fleets

  • Pingback: Crete Carrier Trucking Jobs

  • Pingback: Love Story

  • Pingback: speech therapy

  • Pingback: smoothie recipes for weight loss

  • Pingback: Racine Foot Doctors

  • Pingback: Kailua Kona taxi