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Youngstown schools lack critical curriculum, display many inconsistencies, report says



Published: Sun, May 1, 2011 @ 5:39 p.m.

By DENISE DICK

denise_dick@vindy.com

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The absence of critical thinking, communication and problem-solving in the city schools curriculum makes it unlikely students will develop the same work readiness or higher-education skills as their suburban counterparts.

“Becoming an independent and self-motivated learner, a creative problem-solver and an effective team player are essential to becoming a productive and contributing citizen of the 21st century,” according to a report from EdFocus, East Palestine, one of the consultants contracted as part of the city schools’ academic recovery plan.

“It tells me I really need to look at the curriculum,” said schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn.

He said he hopes to bring people from outside of the district to help with professional development.

The consultant’s report points to a lack of consistency throughout the district.

“The materials used, teaching strategies, classroom assessments and performance expectations for students are determined by each teacher or grade level team in the school,” it says.

Hathorn said that’s something that has to change.

“We have to make sure the curriculum is aligned to the state standards and that there’s consistency throughout the district,” he said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


Comments

1boots109(81 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

i am shocked..i was hoping having a black president would motivate the blacks into seeking higher goals..I also believed the president would do more for the poorer sections of our town with improved conditions.such as jobs..but i don not see any real CHANGE...

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2VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Let's give him a break...he was not hired to create jobs, he was hired to create better minds.

His position is not enviable, so you have to give him credit for what he is trying to do. Recognizing faults in the current system is a good step in the right direction. We really need him to succeed, as it will benefit all of us in the Valley.

It's a very big undertaking and not one that can be accomplished, quite frankly, but we need to turn this around for our kids' future as well as the Valley's future. Let's hope other leaders get on the same bandwagon and turn this mess into a real "recovery" and not some talk about one.

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