There’s a lengthy rant in this week’s editions of The Jasper County Sun that reads a lot like a (bad) pizza-induced Jerry Maguire “mission statement.”
(Oh come on … you’ve seen that movie, right?)
The rant’s takeaway? That teachers in this government-run district – one of the worst-performing, most corrupt local governments in South Carolina – are working their fingers to the bone and parents need to get more involved if they want to see their kids’ academic standing improve.
It’s not that cut and dried, in our opinion, but that’s not the point. Sprinkled within the column – written by Jasper County teacher Terri James-Moss – are some nuggets we would commend to your attention.
“The average student in Jasper County schools reads between three to five grade levels below (their grade),” Moss writes. “In some extreme instances, children have not achieved reading levels above K-5.”
Later, James-Moss describes what happens when she tries to hold her students accountable.
“When I tell a student that he reads on the third grade level, sometimes that student goes home and asks for his parent to remove him from my class,” she writes. “And do you know something? Often times, that parent follows up by signing a transfer slip.”
Of course it’s not just poor academic performance, James-Moss describes the attitude of some of her young charges.
“When a student berates me and calls me curse words that I have never used, even in adulthood, I have never had a parent come to school to apologize and demand an apology from the child who committed the lewd act,” he writes.
Then there’s this line which would seem to indicate there is some serious social promotion going on in Jasper County.
“We will have to stop passing Johnny whether or not he has met the academic requirements,” she writes.
Again, wow …
You can check out the whole rant for yourself here.