California Schools and Teachers

Are the California schools and teachers making the grade in regard to
illiteracy’ Illiteracy is a problem of hidden proportions. For example, the
San Diego Business Journal recently quoted the San Diego’s Council on
Literacy and pointed out that 20% of the United States population is
functionally illiterate and 26% in the San Diego County. So are the
teachers missing the point or are there some other underlying problems’
The entire educational system is being severely tested as
administrators point out that smaller class sizes create a need for more
classrooms and teachers. These demands for more teachers force the system
to hire many unqualified individuals. “In terms of sheer statistics, the
state is a national leader. State enrollment is adding about 100,000
students each year, meaning that California will be home to one-fifth of
all US students in a few decades. As a result of this growth, an estimated
300,000 teachers will be needed here during the next decade – even as the
nation is in the middle of a teacher shortage.” (Unknown, “As California
overhauls schools, America watches for lessons”)
With those statistics, I feel that qualified teachers for the most
part will be doing an excellent job in the fight against illiteracy.
However, I think that the school systems are not addressing the problem of
illiteracy and the fact that so many new and unqualified teachers will be
entering the process may cause irreparable damage. Unqualified teachers may
not be able to distinguish if a child has Dyslexia or if that child is
merely nearsighted for example. And with the system under such stress, even
if a teacher discovers the problem, his or her hands may be tied with few
options on getting the proper help with the illiteracy problem.
Illiteracy is defined as a person having little to no education; or
more specifically not being able to read or write. California d…

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