All colleges and universities have their D students, the ones who just barely manage to graduate. Jewel Elementary is where they come to teach and eventually administrate.
Where, all too frequently, informational emails are followed up with an apology email with the “corrected link” or “corrected information“ . Where they had half a school year to work out the bugs of remote learning, yet started the new year unable to simply get all the students into class. Where they can’t keep a consistent class schedule for more than a week or two but very strongly expect the parents to compensate for their lack of organization. Where the teachers can be late but not the students. Where questions go unanswered and teachers are exceptionally difficult to contact. Where they expect seven year olds to be introduced to, learn and master new platforms with enough skill for this to be a viable teaching tool for the child while the child is actually learning the material; concurrently. As an adult with well over a decade of computer based vocation I would experience extreme stress if my boss wanted me to learn a completely new and unfamiliar system all while continuing my normal output. Is this what we really expect of our children?
The future of these students is challenging enough without these very manageable issues dragging them down. And let me ask you one question: even if it went smoother, given the massive change and incredible amount of new tech they’ve been asked to assimilate, how could any student be marked as “partially proficient”? My god, against what measured standards of “proficiency” if so much is so new?