Possibly bad news for Escambia public schools

October 25, 2011

Based on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests of the past 10 years, we know that Escambia County public schools are dealing with a large percentage of its incoming elementary school students who aren’t prepared for school, particularly economically-disadvantaged and minority children.They don’t know their letters or numbers. A new study shows that this can lead to math-related learning disability.

Children who start elementary school with little or no ability to associate printed numbers with the quantities they represent are more likely to develop a math-related learning disability than their peers, according to a study released by the National Institute of Health.

Other early factors correlated with a math learning disability were difficulty recalling answers to single-digit addition problems, distractibility in class, and difficulty understanding that more complex math problems can be broken down into smaller problems that can be solved individually.

Although the math learning disabled children did make limited progress in subsequent grades, by fifth grade they had not caught up to their typically achieving peers in the ability to recall number facts or in their ease of adding sets of dots and numerals together. The authors note that the math disabled students did catch up in other areas, such as the use of counting to solve problems.

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  • Eric October 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

    A large part of children’s learning takes place at “child care” facilities, where many children spend more waking hours than with their families. It is reasonable to expect some learning to take place there and the State of FL has recognized this need by paying for a large portion of these costs via the Voluntary Pre K program.
    The problem is that the instructional guidelines don’t emphasize a structured learning environment, ironic since at school they are immediately thrown into a structured, test-taking, results driven environment.

    It is my pleasure help Chip travel to “another dimension, not only of sight and sound but of mind….”

  • chip chism October 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I find myself agreeing, for the most part, with Eric…Any minute now Rod Serling is going to pop out of my closet…

  • Joshua Waring October 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    In my humble opinion, it is not the job of the day care, and the babysitter, the church, or the television to prepare a child to enter kindergarten. It is the job of the parent or guardian of that child and no one else’s. My understanding of the article was not that it was placing blame on any institution, but that it was interpreting a set of data based on demographics.If any parent is leaving it up to eight day care provider to prepare his child together the public school system, that area is doing a disservice to his child and his future peers and educators.

  • Eric October 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Child care licensing facilities are required by Children’s and families to be accredited and the learning programs that are supported are programs that do not permit structured learning. Every activity has to be “free thinking” and “play”.

    Child care faciities that teach the letters and numbers are viewed as behind the times and frowned upon by the “leaders”. Continuing education requirements for child care professionals are taught by people who are trained to look at the psychological well being of the individual and not “prepare little Johnny for school”.

    Having attended hours of these courses it is no surprise children are not ready for school. From the Pre-school age, educators are beginning what the leberal teacher’s union has been doing for years…Dumbing down our school age children.