You can take solace in the fact that regardless of what they "teach" the kids in the Bronx...they will never be able to compete with your own children..
I too taught in the Bronx..CS92 on Tremont...I too teach, here on Long Island..this system is an absolute embarrassment. It was said once, "if another country was doing to our kids, what we are doing to our kids, we'd be at war with them." The cruel irony here is that we are paying our Government to do this to us!
King's barely taught, his kids go to charter schools and he is giving (or getting
) head from the publishing companies. Rule #1 with parenting and teaching to a large degree too is, "don't compare your kids."...not only are we comparing kids within the class, but also to other towns, states and even other countries! I could see if we wanted to know why isn't diabetes a problem with kids in Holland...but why they are better at math?? Come on? Half of the countries on the list of countries outperforming us are military dictatorships and communist regimes....and EVERY country on that list is homogeneous.
I have 100 kids on my team this year....19 of them are white.. of the remaining, I have 21 ESL and probably around 15 IEP's and 504's....probably 25 kids go to remedial reading due to scoring a 1 on last year's ELA...of THAT remaining group 2/3's are not on the 6th grade reading level...
They struggle with basic sight words....and I am supposed to go deep..
Now, all that being said...I
take solace in the fact that I have always pushed them above and beyond. I read A Christmas Carol, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Old Man and the Sea etc etc...and the depth is really there...what pisses me off is how we are being given these packaged curricula that takes me away from my proven materials and methods...
The point is, there will always be a top and a bottom..no matter what you call it..this is another attempt to try to make everyone equal and take the conversation away from poor parenting, socio-econmic disparities...and minorities not cutting it..
"I've been left for dead before but I'll still fight on, don't wait up, leave the light on, I'll be home soon"