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High School Math Teacher

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In my district we are split about this topic. Some believe in the "teacher proof" programs and some do not. I am of the firm belief that teachers are brought in to teach and the programs do nothing but try to take a "one size fits all" approach. I think back to when I was in school and the teaching is what inspired me the most not a program.

K-2 Therapeutic Emotional Support Teacher from Enola, Pennsylvania

Thinking about my district,

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Thinking about my district, we are very reliant on scripted programs to guide us to standardized testing success, but we still have several schools who fail to make AYP each year. As stated above, these programs foster little success and stifle the creativity of the teacher and the students. Teaching is to be creative and collaborative. Teachers are to discuss and reflect on their teaching in order to make instructional changes to ensure all students are reaching their full potential. Scripted programs do not allow teachers to do this. When teaching a scripted program, there is very little to discuss. Every teacher is to be saying and doing exactly what the program says each day. Therefore, the teachers already know what everybody else did that day. Scripted programs are removing teachers from the collaborative processes that are proven to increase student success.

If scripted programs are chosen by school districts to increase standardized testing scores, why do they rely on strategies that are proven to stifle creativity and hinder student learning?

As I read the first

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As I read the first paragraph, I could not help thinking, "Nobody tells a doctor what drugs they should prescribe to a patient. Their patient trusts him/her to provide them with the correct drugs and cures to diseases." Similar to this, teachers should not be given a script to follow. Every student needs a different "drug" and "dosage." Some need to be taught at a slower pace, while some pick up new topics very quickly and only need a day or two to cover a topic. I feel that it's about time educators are thought of along the same lines as doctors in that they are trusted more by parents, administrators, and government officials to make the correct "diagnosis" of their students and provide the necessary "treatments" for them.

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