CRYING 3RD GRADER ABUSED BY CEDAR RAPIDS, IA EDUCATORS

7-5-17

Greetings, Ryan Wise, Director, Department of Education, State Board of Education, C. R. School Superintendent Brad Buck,  and all—

The 380 word front page article in the 7-2-17 Cedar Rapids Gazette reported Cedar Rapids educators allowed a crying girl to be placed into an unsuitable room (the room did not meet guidelines for seclusion rooms, which must have windows and be free from features a child could use to injure himself or herself) while others held the door shut, to stop her from crying and escaping.  She said she was crying about having insufficient time to complete taking a test and for being held in from recess to complete her work.  A subsequent investigation by district officials found 4 significant violations of State seclusion rules.  That is more than bad enough, but there is something much more troubling with this blatant child abuse. 

If school personal were trained to do a preliminary assessment of whether the behavior “issue” was caused by bullying, by frustration with the school’s failure to educate, or a medical condition, these types of child abuse incidents would be prevented and would almost disappear.  Unfortunately, the training Iowa teachers get blames the students, so this is the type of damaging intervention that results.  Technically, the same is true of no remediation and ineffective teaching.

Iowalive expects the root cause of the crying incident is the school district’s failure to determine and teach to a student’s predominant learning style, of which there are 7 possibilities  posted on website    https://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/   .   Just as bad, teachers are not trained to teach to the 3 or 4 most common learning styles.  

A significant mismatch in teaching and learning style can easily build up frustrations in a child that can lead to serious behavior, performance and health problems, that will not be addressed herein, except crying can certainly be one of them.  Teachers can become frustrated as well!!!!

Educators, not school board members, are responsible for this child  abuse and get away with it by blaming students rather than themselvesWhile Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has  reduced the amount educators are public blaming kids, they still do it privately.  The result is the same, the abuse continues unabated.  Clearly, Iowa educators have not figured out the difference between the correct education theories used for competency-based education and the wrong ones they have used for decades that finally brought the Federal government’s intervention.

EDUCATORS IGNORE OVER A QUARTER MILLION IOWA AND COLORADO SCHOOL KIDS HARMED BY TEACHING & LEARNING  STYLE MISMATCH

EDUCATORS IGNORE DAMAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING STYLE MISMATCH DO TO KIDS.  Source:  Iowalive  7-5-17

Location of  Students Harmed Annually By Mismatch In Teaching And  Learning Styles

Estimated Number of Students Seriously Harmed Annually by Teaching & Learning  Style Mismatch

Estimated Number of Students Test Scores Annually Reduced by At Least 10% by Teaching & Learning  Style Mismatch

State of Iowa

30,000

80,000

Des Moines School District

2,100

5,500

Cedar Rapids School District

1,200

3,000

State of Colorado

60,000

145,000

JEFFCO, CO School District

5,500

14,000

TOTAL

98,800

247,500

ANYONE CLAIMING TO HAVE BETTER NUMBERS IS ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM

 

In addition to the above damages, educators’ use of flawed, memorization curriculum, rather than concepts (understanding) curriculum, reduces average student life time standard of living conditions by at least 8%!!

THE BOTTOM LINE

Educators are teaching the wrong curriculum in the wrong way—and are getting annual pay raises for doing so!!  The Gazette didn’t report the abusive educators wouldn’t get pay raises.  School  boards are responsible for the irresponsible pay raises because test score trends openly prove something is disastrously wrong,  despite billions spent on failed school fixes in Iowa alone-- http://www.iowalive.net/schoolfixfailures.htm !!!

IOWA NAEP SCORES ARE NEARLY FLAT OR WORSE FOR 23 YEARS

Colorado  Trends Are No Better

Sincerely,

 Iowalive    A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa