Year One


This post (and hopefully maybe the next few) are my attempt to communicate to you the real reasons why I’m here – the barriers my kids face in their academic journey that are wholly beyond their control. This is beyond the teenage pregnancies, the gangs, the absent parents, or other external factors.

I teach juniors Algebra I. My students and I are unable to figure out why, in the third year of high school, and some their fourth, they are taking Algebra I. I can’t find a satisfactory answer. I’ve been told it is because they, “didn’t take the EOC freshman year.” Every time I ask why the only consistent answer I receive is, “I don’t know.”

They ask me what math they’re supposed to be in right now. What math did I take my junior year? They ask me what happened, why they’re off their academic path, or if this will affect their futures. I don’t have answers.

I tell them I don’t know. I don’t know what happened. I don’t know how to fix it. I know this means that they’re behind. I know this isn’t how it’s supposed to work. And I know I will do my best to make sure it doesn’t hinder their opportunities in the future.


One thought on “Broken

  1. Zeyde says:

    Same comments as your next blog entry. A school system with four different supervisors in four years has deep problems. If they don’t realize that, they are in denial and the parents need to complain to the State Board of Education. (Or is the problem the SB of E).

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