|Chancellor Richard Carranza|
He is giving New York a piece of his mind, namely that the horrible white supremacists who have ruled the Department and harmed kids for decades are going to pay with their jobs. While he is at it, he is taking away the test for "white" high schools - the specialized high schools - which have, he alleges, denied black and brown kids equal access.
When my youngest daughter was at PS 6, (see picture below of Carmen at PS 6, and Marielle is front center), Principal Carmen Farina told parents that her goal was to bring up all the Level 1 and 2 students to a high 2 or low 3, and bring all level 4 kids down to a Level 3, and everyone would be "equal". That is a strange definition of equity, in my opinion.
What did Carmen put in place at PS 6 to dumb down the smart kids?( Smart kids = Level 4 math) She made teachers force TERC, or "fuzzy math", onto students in all classes. Many teachers told me of their dismay, but their "hands were tied". We parents got together and taught our kids classic, rigorous math and bought Singapore Math books, then showed our kids how to make their work look like fuzzy math. Thanks are due to Elizabeth Carson and her HOLD Group.
In 2004 I wrote an article about this for my website Parentadvocates.org, and how my daughter was thrown off of the Math Team at PS 6 after her article called "Why TERC?" was published in the Riverdale Review. Her math teacher told her she was too dumb and did not belong. Quickly, I had Marielle take the test for the Johns Hopkins' Center For Talented Youth, and she was accepted in both math and English. This saved her from despair. She was then accepted into NEST+M, the best K-12 public school, in my opinion, in the NYC DOE, and she made National Honor Society before entering NYU. I am still horrified when I think about how close to an emotional break Marielle came under Carmen's dumb down program.Here are the articles:
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE:
In reference to Mr. Barnicle’s piece “Where There’s No Will, There’s No Way To Fix Schools” (Feb. 17) and Allison Gendar’s article “Ed Board Perks Under Fire”, (Feb. 12), I, a parent of four girls all now in public schools here in New York City, want to add my outrage. The children and parents in the public school system in this city have an Enron situation with the Board of Education. Only in our case we are hoping that the “company” disintegrates quickly. The Members of the Board are famous for never contacting anyone with a problem, much less taking any action to fix it. The shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. High School was a visible result of Chancellor Levy and the Board members turning a deaf ear to months of warnings.
by Marielle Combier-Kapel
4th Grade, PS 6
Parents are making tutors crazy calling them all the time because of TERC math. Kids don’t have time to do anything because all they do after school is get tutored in math. There is no one to have playdates with anymore!
TERC math shouldn’t be the only kind of math schools teach to their students. Just because some students aren’t that smart, the schools are sending flyers home to parents saying that they should not teach their child traditional math which includes long division and
algorithms. I like long division!
My mom says:
“Fuzzy math condemns our kids by not allowing them to
establish an understanding of base computations which will
empower them as they reach higher levels of problem-solving.
The Board of Education policy to implement TERC math and
ONLY this curricula is assuring our kids an immediate future of
confusion, or worse, boredom, and a long-term disability in
math achievement and academic performance in non-math
subjects as well. Learning traditional math as a reference is
similar to having a Spanish dictionary when you are trying to
write something in Spanish.”
Parents are now calling other parents to find out if they
tutor their children in math or not, and are signing up my friends.
What may happen is that I may be unable to compete for college places because the math teaching I have received is not teaching me what I should know. Is that fair?
Then, after I was elected PTA President of the most segregated middle school in New York, Booker T. Washington Middle School 54, I saw that the Guidance Counselor was telling parents and students of the predominantly minority (black and Hispanic) programs in 7th and 8th grades that the specialized high school test, the SHSAT, was "not for them". The kids and their parents were given applications to the Harlem high schools, not the Specialized High Schools.
I could not believe what I was hearing. I thought, this cannot be true. So, I asked parents who were on my executive board (which was very diverse in terms of race) to go with me to all the Harlem middle schools, and ask parents and students whether they were given applications for the SHSAT or not. In only one instance, a boy at one of the schools told us he had an older brother who had heard about the test, so he told the Guidance Counselor he wanted to take it, did we hear that any of the kids and/or their parents were "allowed" to take the SHSAT.
And Chancellor Carranza is digging his heels into the muck:
Carranza’s friends keep cashing inhttps://nypost.com/2019/06/14/carranzas-friends-keep-cashing-in/
In the vast NYC Department of Education, all kids deserve to have an equal opportunity to reach their personal best in academic achievement as well as socio-emotional growth. Carranza and his cronies need to support all colors, genders, religious beliefs, and special needs of the NYC student population, and I mean the very disabled to the profoundly gifted.
Then, we can say that we value diversity and teach tolerance.
We believe that Richard Carranza is implementing dangerous policy decisions that harm many categories of people of all ages and leave a lethal legacy. Dangerous - because what are we, the adults in the room, telling our kids? The world is black v white, and it is good to fight, oppose, destroy, instead of heal, negotiate and respect all.
This is not equity, it is hate.
Can we get Mr. Carranza out of his job, and send him packing?
Editor, NYC Rubber Room Reporter
Editor, New York Court Corruption
Editor, National Public Voice
Editor, NYC Public Voice
Editor, Inside 3020-a Teacher Trials
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