As transgendered student news (sadly, focused mostly around the issue of use of bathrooms) has been a topic around the country, I realized that there are two very different pediatrics groups that have very similar names but very different viewpoints.
One is the American Academy of Pediatrics which has been the gold-standard for infant/child care founded in 1930. The other is the American College of Pediatricians founded in 2002 which has a very conservative viewpoint. And if you look at what each says about transgendered children, it's quite a clear divide - AAP v ACP. Don't get confused like I did.
Don't know if you saw it but the California teachers union recently won a huge victory in court in the Vergera case when a California appeals court unanimously reversed a decision from a lower court around tenure, tying test scores to a teacher's evaluation and other measure. A group of nine students had filed the case saying their civil rights were being violated because of poor teaching. They vow to take it to the state supreme court.
The effect of the rules, said LA County Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu, was to allow ineffective teachers to keep their jobs and subject students — especially poor and minority ones — to inferior schooling that could stunt their futures.
“Plaintiffs failed to show that the statutes themselves make any certain group of students more likely to be taught by ineffective teachers than any other group of students,” Division Two Presiding Justice Roger W. Boren wrote. “The court’s job is merely to determine whether the statutes are constitutional, not if they are ‘a good idea.’”
Parties on both sides viewed the Vergara decision as a bellwether for the nation.As we are getting closer to the end of the school year, here's some thoughts about talking to your child's teacher(s) about how your student has done. I had put this up at the Soup for Teachers Facebook page and found differing opinions on whether parents would feel comfortable asking these questions and if teachers felt they could answer them. What about you?
I'm hearing that at least one high school had a foreign language on its list of available languages when a student took a tour of the school but now that she's enrolled, is being told it has been cut. Anyone else?
What's on your mind?