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



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.

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