Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Why I Can't Get the 9th Graders to Stay After School
Apparently, at the middle school, if your average in any class is a D or F, you get assigned to "Extended Day". These students have to stay after school in a particular room for tutoring from teachers. There is a huge stigma around it. No one wants to even be seen near the extended day classroom at the end of the day. The kids are getting a message that "staying after school" = "you are stupid". This is probably the same reason we can't get kids to come to the Learning Support Center. They are afraid of being perceived as needing help. I wonder if any other schools have found a way around this problem. Maybe we should change the name of Extended Day to "Basketball Practice" and start calling the Learning Support Center the "Auxiliary Library".