“My question is why are schools denying the chance of success to our blacks and Latinos in the Bronx just because a paper says they get low grades that does not mean they are not good students that struggle with the material in fact I am proof that students can better themself after middle school a lot of times our Latinos do not speak the English language because they have just arrived from their native country's. Another thing is talent what is really talent,I believe it doesn't exist I think that a "talented person"comes from a lot of free time and practice. Somebody who practices something for a long time is rewarded with the perfection of the action he performes and if so talent were to exist, is it only talent when it's a productive thing because there's a lot of things I could do that many people can't like clap on any flat surface but that doesn't mean I should get rewarded or get picked out from a group that can't do the same.What I believe is that there's skilled people who where taught to take education seriously from a young age because their future deepended on it.”
“What alot of people fail to understand is that this system has been going on since the first segregation in plessy vs fergurson I keep hearing why would they cut schools that need help! open your eyes people this little game that the 1 percent plays is long know is they're way to stay rich and keep us poor at the same time all we can really do is build up a New generation to try and get our selfs into the positions that allow us to take these life changing decisions instead of sitting around and let the 1 percent take the real decisions when they don't know the struggle but speculating about what our lives look like!”
“I absolutely agree with Alan singer because as a student from the south Bronx i struggle a lot with math and its all due to the fact that in my middle school i and a lot of my friends dint get the proper teachings to accomplish our high school goal which was to past the regents in my school which was ms.219 i wasn't only dealing with math i had a little problem understanding the English language to and in between that my teacher was Russian and his accent was very strong over his English and so that confused me a lot and am the type of student that needs explaining to be able to understand the concept and he dint do much good at that either. I've seen that my other school companions do not struggle at all with algebra and i always ask myself how is that possible and then i ask them around what district they went to middle school and their answer is not in the Bronx but in downtown Manhattan so in conclusion i do think that a lot more students get a higher education in a predominately white neighborhood then they would get in a black neighborhood @bxdca sam carlot”
“my name is Samuel and I am a student I'm Bronx design and construction and I have seen these teachers teach they advise us good books but they have no reason behind it I think a good plan for reading books would be if the student choose the books for themself I seen teachers force books into specific students because the student chose a book with little pages but this is not because the student might be lazy is that a book that is really long won't attract the student mind as fast as one with a nice painting cover and little pages and another way the teacher could help is helping the student describe and tell how the characters are feeling and thinking and why so that way is easier to take it all in @sam carlot bxdca”
“what FDR did for this country is very memorable and he should be proud but all he fought for is now being taken away because certain people don't believe in helping the less fortunate get to a better social status. I totally agree with this new plan I believe this is the push that NYC needed and these are the opportunities that the people were waiting for I feel that history repeats and if Roosevelt made it work for us why can't it work again I really disagree with the last mayor's plan because it's very selfish to basically say"oh we are financially stable so we don't care to hell with everybody else"and he felt that schools that actually needed an extra push to work out should be taken down but I feel like that's not very smart reason why is because if you close school that are in need all the kids will just make it to another school and the same thing will happen to that school. so I definitely think the new plan should be a "GO"”
“Alan singer is really on to something big here we are basically talking about the near future and its a little scary to know that the United States is kinda pushing out the help to their citizens for example by trying to slowly terminate unions the government is also taking away many jobs and this directly affects me because as a student who attends a trade school which massively depends on the unions to get a job after high school if they are canceling unions that means not even if we are enrolled in a good trade school that before this time could have superfluous amounts of jobs in these days we have major competition meaning that it is really hard to find a good job and if they cancel most unions a lot of people would be unemployed meaning the economy will decrease with the jobs @Samuel.Carlot”
“this really frustrates me because basically what their doing here is affecting me a lot for example i have had various math classes in my school time and i have one right now and i have no problem passing the class and understanding the material but when it comes to the reagents i stand idle i totally get confused i feel like what i learned in class does not help me at all that's why i think the test percentage should not count for that much with that being said i speak for a lot of other people with this same struggle”
“i actually agree with Corey Boyd in his saying that teachers should not really always get a test to determine if there knowledge about teaching is on point or not what i think they should do is set up a class for the teacher for at least a week and see how they perform the reason why i say this is because i have seen teachers who teach or act like they really don't like kids and don't like to be around them but maybe they pasts the test so that why they are working there forcing themselves to work in an environment that they don't fell comfortable”
“Governor doesn't perform his job well then this affects schools and if it affects schools that means people are going to be out of a job and if people are out of a job then the crime rate goes up like crazy and if the crime rate goes up this reflects and looks bad on the Governor and so n so basically the Governor doesn't do his job the whole community gets impacted point the cycle is basically going to school getting your education to possibly get to a position as the Governor if the Governor doesn't perform his job well then this affects schools and if it affects schools that means people are going to be out of a job and if people are out of a job then the crime rate goes up like crazy and if the crime rate goes up this reflects and looks bad on the Governor and so n so basically the Governor doesn't do his job the whole community gets impacted”
“The Governor is basically trying to make his job easier by making the people under him work harder for example many people that work and farm and come from families who live in those conditions are taking advantage of the closest opportunities they have such as becoming teachers and what the Governor is doing to stop these small opportunity is that he is raising the GPA of the test score needed to get in to this type program. another way the Governor is trying to make his job easier is by not helping out those schools that are struggling economically by law that is his job to take care of the public schools and stuff like that and he is basically saying that he doesn't care for point the cycle is basically going to school getting your education to possibly get to a position as the Governor if the”
“i totally agree with Jeremy because i also believe that there was a lot of other technology but iPad that they could have chosen to give the students the reason for my thinking is that we are so advanced in technology that most people in new York for example have a smart device specially apple devices which are very popular on the market so what am trying to say is that now a days students know a lot about technology even more then the teachers and their elders so it could be easy to just find out how to hack an iPad just go to YouTube and there you go it would give you a tutorial on everything you need to know about the device and some students that just go to school to be class clowns are going to take advantage of this mistake and are going to satisfy their social needs with these devices.”
“Math is a very complex subject and can be taught in various ways. I would have to say I agree and disagree with Alan Singer , for example i totally agree that knowing more ways to solve a problem will significantly increase your speeds between problems and it could definitely help your accuracy for getting the right answer, but we have to take into account that a kid's memory is not fully developed this means that out of lets say five ways to solve a problem he most likely will only recall one or two that are fresh in his mind. That being said i believe showing a student a way that will be successful 90% of the time is a more salutary method then showing him how to solve the problem in 5 different ways. I have two reasons why i believe this, reason number 1 because by showing a kid 5 ways instead of one he can easily get confused and mix it up with something else. Reason number 2 it is super easier to remember 1 way with all its steps than to remember 5 ways with all their steps. Two very essential qualities the student should have is speed and accuracy for getting the right answers , The way am suggesting puts to practice both these qualities. I would like to see more teachers use the way am suggesting instead of confusing kids with so much ways to solve a problem.
bdca Sam Carlot”
miloisfat on Sep 25, 2013 at 19:11:48
“what you are missing is that memorizing the steps of a way to solve a problem is not math. Math is thinking about the relationship between the numbers in a problem, then deciding how best to solve it based on that relationship and situation. That was actually the point of this article. Students need to develop number sense, an understanding of place value, and of operations (subtraction not as a formula to follow but as taking away or difference between.)
As long as the focus is on "ways" (procedures) for computation, students will not learn to think mathematically, they will simply memorize set procedures to follow (and many will not, or will forget.)”
“Maths a subject that can be taught in many ways some more efficient then others it really comes down to the kids preference. i kinda agree and disagree with Mr Alan Singer for one part i totally agree that f the kid is shown more ways to resolve the problem then he would be more efficient in his work his speed between problems would most likely increase and also his accuracy getting the right answers would definitely improve but we have to take into account that a kids memory is not fully developed and he is probably going to forget most of the ways he was taught for solving a problem most likely he is going to be left with one or two examples fresh in his or her memory. that being said this is where i disagree with Alan singer i believe that it would be more salutary for the kid if the teacher teaches one or two examples on how to go about solving the problem. i have two big reasons to believe this number 1 it would prevent the kid from getting confused and mixing up two different things together reason number 2 it would be super easier to remember one or two examples then to try and remember 5 or more ways to solve for the problem like i said before to pass test there has to be a combination of speed and accuracy and the way am suggesting puts in practice these two.
“I totally agree with the algebra project mainly because it states a specific plan to get students interested in math and get them to succeed in this subject. One big reason why Massachusetts has a higher learning system is because they do a great deal of hands on work and, again here in the algebra project we can see this with these 5 detailed steps to be successful. these five steps will take you through a course in which you'll be taught in both a physical way and a mentally way. As a New York City student i would prefer this very efficient way of teaching rather than the one we have now in the Bronx. I believe that students will actually want to work on math knowing that they can figure out answers physically and not only mentally this gives a huge advantage to the kids who work with this system on a daily basis because they have the option to pick which way will be salutary for them. Also I consider that more schools should try to get there hands on this little project, I understand that not all families have a high income but i have understood that, that is not a problem because in Massachusetts they have this math system and kids who come from low income families are passing the test as well as the kids who come from higher income families and both these social groups are doing very well internationally.
“I believe that Massachusetts has a better teaching system then most countries and states. Ive come to this conclusion because in elementary school the kids are working a lot hands on unlike new york. For example where we have a lot of resources like the calculators which can be very helpful in some occasions but can harm our memory system for example if we depend too much on these tools we will slowly forget how to solve a problem without their help. Another example would be the computers because in English when students are assigned essays they can easily go to the computer and get straight answers instead of the old fashioned way when they had to go to the library and actually research from different books and textbooks to make sure they have the correct answer. I also feel that kids will find hands on work more interesting and have a bigger idea of whats going on. in conclusion my opinion is that hands on work is more efficient then test prep.”