Madison Schools delay changes to High School curriculum after backlash

Matthew DeFour

But for West High School teachers and students the “dual pathways” label sounded like the tracking model the school abandoned 15 years ago that created a lot of “low-level, non-rigorous classes with a lot of segregation by socio-economic status, which is pretty much racially,” science department chairman Steve Pike said.
“If they had this document beforehand” Pike said of the document unveiled Friday, “it would have at least shown that there’s a lot of questions and a lot of work that needed to be done.”
West teachers aren’t the only ones with concerns.
Peggy Ellerkamp, a librarian at LaFollette High School, said teachers there wonder how students in regular classes will be able to move into advanced classes, especially if regular courses become “more like a one-room schoolhouse” with embedded honors, regular, special education and English language learner students.
“I have a lot of questions about a lot of the details,” Ellerkamp said. “I’m very pleased that there’s more time for this to be worked through.”
Jessica Hotz, a social studies teacher at East High School, is concerned that gearing classes to the Advanced Placement test could result in a “dumbing down of the curriculum.” One proposed change in social studies would cram U.S. history into one year instead of the two years that East offers now, Hotz said.

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4 thoughts on “Madison Schools delay changes to High School curriculum after backlash”

  1. This whole thing is as predictable as every issue we’ve seen the past decade. Admin wants to change things. Board not notified in much detail. Admin announces changes. Parents bitch. Board wonders aloud. Admin postpones changes to get feedback. Repeat as needed.

  2. David, it would be so much funnier if it was not true. Are we repeating until we get it right? Or are we unable to learn? Or in the purported definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

  3. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not even incumbent upon who is running the admin or the who is on the board or who is in the community; rather, it’s an inherent aspect of civic/quasi-governmental/governmental bodies to never learn from their mistakes. It IS the definition of insanity. The only thing MORE insane is that anyone thinks this will ever change on the macro level.

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