VII-"My Year as a Teacher" - Emily Sachar - Newsday and New York Newsday

VII-"My Year as a Teacher" - Emily Sachar - Newsday and New York Newsday

A System That's Fail Safe; Passing Kids Despite Lack of Learning

by: Emily Sachar | publication date: December 4, 1989 | Publication: Newsday and New York Newsday | pages: 6

" . . . I scanned the rows of students. Scattered about were several dozen who didn't know their times tables, couldn't write a simple essay or couldn't understand a short passage in an elementary textbook. Yet, in less than two months, they would be adorned in caps and gowns and graduated to high school. I felt like I was watching a heinous lie. . . . "

Chapter Seven in Emily Sachar's eight-part series on her year teaching eighth grade math in the New York City public school system.

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