Michele Somerville is the mother of three adolescent children, a writer and an educator. She has 15 years of teaching experience in NY (elementary, middle, secondary and university) schools. The author of two books of verse, WISEGAL and Black Irish. She has published verse in numerous journals. Her reflections on religion have appeared in the New York Times and her essays on books, religion, education and politics are reposted regularly on Huffington Post. Her book of essays, "Catholic Under Protest" and a second printing of her book-length poem WISEGAL are will be published in 2012. At present, her educational efforts include work as an activist/educator with at risk students; private tutoring of students of all ages and levels in Language Arts, reading comprehension and writing; and writing "Bored of Ed" a memoir of her experiences in/with the New York City public school system.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
"He was really successful in kindergarten. He had just turned 5, and he made such remarkable progress. They decided to advance him to second grade this fall, and he's still performing at the top of his class."
If this little boy is performing operations with rational numbers at the age of seven, he is advanced, and it is probable that he would have "succeeded" in any school. This mother is proud of her son for skipping a grade, as well she should be, but she doesn't know what the boy's fate would be had he attended a decent conventional public school. And what if her black son had not been academically successful at the charter school in question? What if he had bounced out and landed in her community school's special education program? Would this mother still be extolling the "privatization" of schools?
Abi Fenelon was desperate to find a good school for her autistic daughter, Sunyyah Foristall. She secured a spot at the Community Roots Charter School in Fort Greene.
"She is the poster child..." That says it all.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I was teaching the novel Jane Eyre to honors sophomores about 28 years ago in one of New York City's top high schools when a student raised his hand: "Why are you a teacher? You seem smart enough to be a doctor or lawyer." He was being a smart-ass. But he was also being smart.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Read these essays on Huffington Post:
"$10 Million for Children Left Behind by 'No Child Left Behind' "