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The Teachers’ Lounge

Focus on What Matters

The academic condition of students in America is alarming. There are four million 4th graders in the United States. Three million or 75% of them cannot read proficiently. With a statistic like this, I wonder why schools focus on trivial matters that have nothing to do with literacy or other authentic learning.

From the education folly files comes the story out of Tatum Independent School District in East Texas. According to the information on a CBS News website, apparently, a male kindergarten student with shoulder length hair was said to be in violation of district policy which states that males cannot wear ponytails among a handful of other styles forbidden in the rules.

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