In return for the cash, the district was required to replace the school's principal and come up with a plan to turn test scores around. Former Starr King Elementary School Principal Christopher Rosenberg took the job.'
His plan was simple: Keep a laser-like focus on literacy. That's it.
That means no extra art, no additional science and no feel-good programs that can complicate the core mission.
That is the most short-sighted, depressing view of education that I have read recently. If this truly describes what Muir is up to, then it's in thrall to the anti-child, anti-research forces. All studies suggest, and strongly, that the best way to teach reading - particularly to poor students and students of color, like those at Muir - is to teach reading broadly. Kids need reading across the content areas. Kids need multiple, relevant access points to reading. Kids need art and music.
And as a society, we need scientists, mathematicians and artists. We need kids who enjoy reading and read broadly, with a critical eye.
The core mission is education, not test scores. As described, this is an approach that will bring higher test scores. It won't bring success. I know that I can teach kids to read AND have plenty of time for painting. There are pedagogical issues associated with this (mostly around management, for time issues, and around lesson planning, for layering one's content objectives), but it's possible and it works. It just demands that you put your time and energy into teaching and learning, not cutting out the "extras".
...class sizes as small as ten students sounds really good, though.