Governor Andrew Cuomo admits it takes more than a good teacher to get poor children to succeed. During a meeting with the Democrat and Chronicle’s editorial board, Cuomo said the following:
“…unless you understand the dimension of the need that student brings into the classroom and unless you are providing the services and are aware of the variety of needs, you’re never going to be a success.”
“We often say the answer the for all children everywhere is the same and it’s education. You take children from an impoverished neighborhood, broken family…that is a different problem than just educate the child. That’s a housing problem. That’s a nutrition problem. That may be a social service problem, counseling problem. That school has a lot more to do than just educate Johnny 9 to 5, 9 to 3.”
Cuomo appears to be acknowledging his new teacher evaluation system isn’t going to solve those issues. What is the governor doing help urban districts “educate Johnny?” How much can schools do to solve housing and social service problems? Cuomo has already said metro schools are not an option.
During the meeting, Cuomo also acknowledged what we all assumed: Buffalo got $1 billion because it needs money more than Rochester. But the governor also said Rochester is shortchanged in the per capita aid formula.
“People of Rochester should be treated fairly and these allocations of resources among cities is very important and very controversial and I am 100 percent in favor of making sure Rochester gets its fair share.”
“I know you’re not doing great, but we’re in the middle of a national recession also but Rochester economically is doing better than Buffalo. That’s true.”
– Monroe County buried a woman in a cardboard box without notifying her family. The Democrat and Chronicle asks if the county and Strong Memorial Hospital should have done more to find her relatives.
– A Chicago teacher was suspended for using the N-word during a lesson about racism. I remember reading Huckleberry Finn in school and discussing the use of the N-word in class. It’s appropriate to talk about the N-Word in the context of history and culture. This is a good example of why tenure and due process are important for teachers.
– When is it time to stop trying to prolong the lives of elderly patients? A doctor writes a thoughtful piece on the end of life and our unrealistic expectations of medicine.
– I’m pretty sure I have nomophobia.