Dafna Kendal for Princeton

Dafna Kendal for Princeton All opinions expressed on this page are my own, as an individual, and not in the capacity of a member of the Princeton Board of Education or in any way on or on behalf of the Board of Education.

Dafna Kendal and her family moved to Princeton in 2011 so that her children could attend Princeton Public Schools. She has two children, both in the district, one at JWMS, and another at PHS. A practicing lawyer, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English and History from Lehigh University, a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law and a certification in Special Education Law from William & Mary Law School. Dafna has been an active volunteer in the Princeton community, from the Littlebrook Elementary School PTO, including one year on the executive board as co-treasurer, to coaching her daughter's Princeton Girls Softball team. Dafna has served as a mentor to a first generation PHS student for the past three years and was a founding trustee of Princeton Children's Fund. From 2016 to 2018, she served on the Board of Education on the Student Achievement, Finance, Facilities, Policy and ad hoc revenue committees. She also served as vice president of the board in 2017. Some of her outstanding accomplishments include securing the first-ever contribution to the district from the Institute for Advanced Study; and was instrumental in the implementation of the later start time at PHS. Dafna also led successful negotiations with all three labor union contracts. In policy-related matters, Dafna worked to revise the district's dress code policy so that girls are not shamed for how they dress and worked to have tampons and maxi pads provided in all bathrooms in JW and PHS. Dafna also ensured that children would not have recess taken away from children as a disciplinary measure, and this has become part of district policy. Dafna is an independent thinker and problem-solver, unafraid to speak up when she is concerned about issues and always seeking to move the district, our students and community, forward.

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Students will start to return to in person learning on Monday. This video is very informative and lets students how thin...
09/30/2020

Students will start to return to in person learning on Monday. This video is very informative and lets students how things will look and what to expect when they are back to school.

Medical Experts Discuss
COVID-19 Health Protocols in New Video

Health procedures at PPS schools are different this year than in previous years. The district worked with a team of medical professionals to develop protocols to keep students and staff as safe as possible. A new video with Dr. Robert Helmrich, Dr. Shilpa Pai, Princeton Health Officer Jeff Grosser, Public Health Nurse Supervisor Kathy Korwin, and PPS nurses Liz Dyevich and Lisa Goldsmith explains the thinking behind the new procedures and what is involved.

To view the video please check out website:

https://www.princetonk12.org/district/district-news/news/district-story/~board/district-news/post/medical-experts-discuss-covid-19-health-protocols-in-new-video

Congratulations to the PHS class of 2020!! Can’t wait to see the great things you do!
06/16/2020

Congratulations to the PHS class of 2020!! Can’t wait to see the great things you do!

Princeton Public Schools, New Jersey
06/05/2020

Princeton Public Schools, New Jersey

RESPONDING TO RACISM

Nelson Mandela once stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” To view some thoughts on responding to racism, please see our website:

https://www.princetonk12.org/offices/superintendent

In addition, here is a message from Kristina Donovan, Supervisor of School Counseling for Princeton Public Schools:

“We, the counseling department, see you and we hear you. Please, students that are reading this, parents, or loved ones – school counseling offices are safe spaces where you can privately share your experiences and you will be heard. Counselors are trained in facilitating these discussions and working toward greater degrees of systemic change.”

For Dr. Donovan’s full message including some helpful resources, please check our website:

https://www.princetonk12.org/district/district-news/news/district-story/~board/district-news/post/important-message-from-supervisor-of-school-counseling

Thank you to the young organizers of this peaceful protest who are former and current PPS students. 5PM tonight corner o...
06/02/2020

Thank you to the young organizers of this peaceful protest who are former and current PPS students. 5PM tonight corner of Nassau and Witherspoon. Bring your mask and gloves.

FRIENDS IN PRINCETON: Show up tomorrow for this socially-distanced day of action! Bring your friends and your family. Let’s show this town white supremacy does NOT belong here ✊🏾✊ #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #PrincetonforBlackLives #RacialLiteracy

REPLY "GOING" HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/3145916528802849/

If you or a family member is struggling, there is hope and help. Thank you Dr. Donovan.
03/27/2020

If you or a family member is struggling, there is hope and help. Thank you Dr. Donovan.

For all PPS families, please take a minute to read this message from Supervisor of Guidance, Kristina Donovan:

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians,

I became a school counselor for Princeton High School because I believed in the power of love, care, connectedness, and compassion when working with students. I knew that if I loved them unconditionally and provided support that together we could overcome almost any obstacle. It is in that spirit that I write to you all today.

I know that times are difficult right now. I know that some of you may be hurting, scared, out of work, or have food insecurity. You are missing your friends, your extended family, your colleagues – maybe your favorite restaurant or record exchange.

I also know that as a community we can either divide, or we can rally together. I don’t have answers for you, but I do have counselors. Counselors who share the same philosophy that I did many years ago when I started. Counselors who want to be here for you and for your family. Please reach out. Every Princeton Public School counselor has a PowerSchool learning page, or you can set up an appointment via email.

You are not alone. We see you. We are still here.

Check out the full letter: https://www.princetonk12.org/district/district-news/news/district-story/~board/district-news/post/you-are-not-alone-please-read-this

Good news.
03/21/2020
Washington Post

Good news.

“The Department of Education will not enforce standardized testing requirements very importantly for students in elementary through high school for the current year,” Trump said at his daily briefing.

03/14/2020

A big thank you to all of the staff at the Princeton Public Schools for the tremendous work that went into the planning so that distance learning can begin on Monday! As a parent, I have received emails from both JW and PHS, and it is clear that a lot of planning and work has gone into ensuring that our students will continue learning while we implement social distancing to try and flatten the curve. Stay healthy and be well Princeton.

Congratulations to Mrs. Lenora Keel for producing so many meaningful celebrations for Black History Month. These photos ...
03/04/2020

Congratulations to Mrs. Lenora Keel for producing so many meaningful celebrations for Black History Month. These photos are from the MSAN/PULSE event on Friday. Special recognition to Mrs. Olive Giles and Malachi Wood for helping to process paperwork for PREA Pride grant. Cheers again to Malachi, who modeled fashions with Nipurna Shan, Susan Richardson, and Jamilla Thompson. https://www.facebook.com/PrincetonPublicSchoolsNJ/posts/3007504405947434

Thank you to Mrs. Keel

I'm proud to live in a community that celebrates this holiday so richly.: Benjamin, a sociologist, founder of the JUST D...
01/28/2020
Watson Coleman, Benjamin Lead King Celebration | Town Topics

I'm proud to live in a community that celebrates this holiday so richly.: Benjamin, a sociologist, founder of the JUST DATA Lab, author of People’s Science and Race After Technology, and editor of CaptivatingTechnology, spoke about what it means to be a visionary like Martin Luther King Jr. and the need to have “2020 vision.”

“All of us can be visionaries,” she said, asking the audience to think about what it means to have X-ray vision, to see beneath the surface. “All of us should be visionaries, to diagnose our social reality, to look beyond the symptoms to the root causes of what ails us as a society.”
http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2020/01/22/watson-coleman-benjamin-lead-king-celebration/

2020 VISION: Princeton University Professor of African American Studies Ruha Benjamin urged a standing-room-only crowd of 150 to “look beyond the symptoms to the root causes of what ails us as a society” at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday morning.

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”― Maya Angelou
01/06/2020

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
― Maya Angelou

UPDATE: the time is 6PM! See you then! Your vote was essential and now it's time to get to work!  Please stop by to see ...
01/03/2020

UPDATE: the time is 6PM! See you then! Your vote was essential and now it's time to get to work! Please stop by to see me get sworn in, observe the Board's reorganization and say hello! Many of the goals discussed during my campaign can be accomplished with your continued support and engagement. There are several ways to do this: transparent and thoughtful collaboration between families, staff, administrators, BoE and other elected officials and stakeholders; building supportive connections and coalitions; attending BoE and PTO meetings, and communicating directly with me ([email protected]) as well as through social media and letters to the editor.

If you can't make it in person, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDrfbk_zMC3NBqjGU67NJlQ

Happy New Year to all!!  My thoughts for 2020: "Princeton is fortunate to have a strong public school district, but we a...
01/02/2020
Princeton Incoming School Board Member Kendal's 2020 Resolution

Happy New Year to all!! My thoughts for 2020: "Princeton is fortunate to have a strong public school district, but we are facing many challenges: budgetary constraints, increasing enrollment, and a reduction in personnel that has resulted in overworked staff and underserved students.

My top priority has always been for our district to provide students of all backgrounds and abilities with a meaningful education that helps them to reach their potential. We can achieve this through strong, collaborative leadership that engages our community, students, teachers, and administrators. In 2020, I will look to a variety of diverse voices to continue to educate myself about history, social issues, and current events for the benefit of our district and our community."
https://patch.com/new-jersey/princeton/princeton-incoming-school-board-member-kendals-2020-resolution

Princeton's incoming School Board member Dafna Kendal's 2020 New Year resolution is to provide students with a meaningful education.

Following recent anti-Semitic acts in Jersey City and Monsey, the NJ Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, wrote this op-ed o...
12/30/2019
5 ways we can fight hate, anti-Semitism, attorney general says

Following recent anti-Semitic acts in Jersey City and Monsey, the NJ Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, wrote this op-ed outlining 5 actions to push back against "the rising tide of hate, intolerance and violence". His recommendations include "re-examining how we respond to bias incidents in our schools" to include a mandatory education component and "re-examining our school curricula when it comes to addressing bias and hate."

In Princeton, our school district doesn't have a formal policy detailing how incidents of bias and hate are handled by the district. In 2017, following anti-Semitic and racist acts in our schools, I drafted a policy detailing that PPS takes these acts seriously and set forth some of the consequences including, discipline, counseling and mandatory education. This policy did not receive the support from a majority of the board and was not passed. When my term begins in January, I will again introduce this policy for discussion. Additionally, I will explore the initial steps for introducing K-12 racial literacy with Choose in our district.

https://www.nj.com/opinion/2019/12/ag-grewal-5-ways-we-can-all-push-back-against-the-rising-tide-of-hate.html?

Jews are the religious group most frequently targeted in reported bias incidents every year in New Jersey

In American schools, the achievement gap between high and low performers in reading has widened. An international exam s...
12/26/2019
‘It Just Isn’t Working’: PISA Test Scores Cast Doubt on U.S. Education Efforts

In American schools, the achievement gap between high and low performers in reading has widened.

An international exam shows that American 15-year-olds are stagnant in reading and math. Teenagers told reporters what’s working and what’s not in the American education system. Students were asked about how they think their education could improve. All children have valuable insight and it's important to take their views into account when making decisions that may impact them. The full article "Learning what students are saying about how to improve American education" (and comments) is below-

Earlier this month, the Program for International Student Assessment announced that the performance of American teenagers in reading and math has been stagnant since 2000. Other recent studies revealed that two-thirds of American children were not proficient readers, and that the achievement gap in reading between high and low performers is widening.

We asked students to weigh in on these findings and to tell us their suggestions for how they would improve the American education system.

Our prompt received nearly 300 comments. This was clearly a subject that many teenagers were passionate about. They offered a variety of suggestions on how they felt schools could be improved to better teach and prepare students for life after graduation.

While we usually highlight three of our most popular writing prompts in our Current Events Conversation, this week we are only rounding up comments for this one prompt so we can honor the many students who wrote in.

Please note: Student comments have been lightly edited for length, but otherwise appear as they were originally submitted.

Put less pressure on students.
One of the biggest flaws in the American education system is the amount of pressure that students have on them to do well in school, so they can get into a good college. Because students have this kind of pressure on them they purely focus on doing well rather than actually learning and taking something valuable away from what they are being taught.

— Jordan Brodsky, Danvers, MA

As a Freshman and someone who has a tough home life, I can agree that this is one of the main causes as to why I do poorly on some things in school. I have been frustrated about a lot that I am expected to learn in school because they expect us to learn so much information in such little time that we end up forgetting about half of it anyway. The expectations that I wish that my teachers and school have of me is that I am only human and that I make mistakes. Don’t make me feel even worse than I already am with telling me my low test scores and how poorly I’m doing in classes.

— Stephanie Cueva, King Of Prussia, PA

I stay up well after midnight every night working on homework because it is insanely difficult to balance school life, social life, and extracurriculars while making time for family traditions. While I don’t feel like making school easier is the one true solution to the stress students are placed under, I do feel like a transition to a year-round schedule would be a step in the right direction. That way, teachers won’t be pressured into stuffing a large amount of content into a small amount of time, and students won’t feel pressured to keep up with ungodly pacing.

— Jacob Jarrett, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

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In my school, we don’t have the best things, there are holes in the walls, mice, and cockroaches everywhere. We also have a lot of stress so there is rarely time for us to study and prepare for our tests because we constantly have work to do and there isn’t time for us to relax and do the things that we enjoy. We sleep late and can’t ever focus, but yet that’s our fault and that we are doing something wrong. School has become a place where we just do work, stress, and repeat but there has been nothing changed. We can’t learn what we need to learn because we are constantly occupied with unnecessary work that just pulls us back.

— Theodore Loshi, Masterman School

As a student of an American educational center let me tell you, it is horrible. The books are out dated, the bathrooms are hideous, stress is ever prevalent, homework seems never ending, and worst of all, the seemingly impossible feat of balancing school life, social life, and family life is abominable. The only way you could fix it would be to lessen the load dumped on students and give us a break.

— Henry Alley, Hoggard High School, Wilmington NC

Use less technology in the classroom (…or more).
People my age have smaller vocabularies, and if they don’t know a word, they just quickly look it up online instead of learning and internalizing it. The same goes for facts and figures in other subjects; don’t know who someone was in history class? Just look ‘em up and read their bio. Don’t know how to balance a chemical equation? The internet knows. Can’t solve a math problem by hand? Just sneak out the phone calculator.

My largest grievance with technology and learning has more to do with the social and psychological aspects, though. We’ve decreased ability to meaningfully communicate, and we want everything — things, experiences, gratification — delivered to us at Amazon Prime speed. Interactions and experiences have become cheap and 2D because we see life through a screen.

— Grace Robertson, Hoggard High School Wilmington, NC

Kids now a days are always on technology because they are heavily dependent on it- for the purpose of entertainment and education. Instead of pondering or thinking for ourselves, our first instinct is to google and search for the answers without giving it any thought. This is a major factor in why I think American students tests scores haven’t been improving because no one wants to take time and think about questions, instead they want to find answers as fast as they can just so they can get the assignment/ project over with.

— Ema Thorakkal, Glenbard West HS IL

There needs to be a healthier balance between pen and paper work and internet work and that balance may not even be 50:50. I personally find myself growing as a student more when I am writing down my assignments and planning out my day on paper instead of relying on my phone for it. Students now are being taught from preschool about technology and that is damaging their growth and reading ability. In my opinion as well as many of my peers, a computer can never beat a book in terms of comprehension.

— Ethan, Pinkey, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

Learning needs to be more interesting. Not many people like to study from their textbooks because there’s not much to interact with. I think that instead of studying from textbooks, more interactive activities should be used instead. Videos, websites, games, whatever might interest students more. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t use textbooks, I’m just saying that we should have a combination of both textbooks and technology to make learning more interesting in order for students to learn more.

— Vivina Dong, J. R. Masterman

Prepare students for real life.
At this point, it’s not even the grades I’m worried about. It feels like once we’ve graduated high school, we’ll be sent out into the world clueless and unprepared. I know many college students who have no idea what they’re doing, as though they left home to become an adult but don’t actually know how to be one.

The most I’ve gotten out of school so far was my Civics & Economics class, which hardly even touched what I’d actually need to know for the real world. I barely understand credit and they expect me to be perfectly fine living alone a year from now. We need to learn about real life, things that can actually benefit us. An art student isn’t going to use Biology and Trigonometry in life. Exams just seem so pointless in the long run. Why do we have to dedicate our high school lives studying equations we’ll never use? Why do exams focusing on pointless topics end up determining our entire future?

— Eliana D, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

I think that the American education system can be improved my allowing students to choose the classes that they wish to take or classes that are beneficial for their future. Students aren’t really learning things that can help them in the future such as basic reading and math.

— Skye Williams, Sarasota, Florida

I am frustrated about what I’m supposed to learn in school. Most of the time, I feel like what I’m learning will not help me in life. I am also frustrated about how my teachers teach me and what they expect from me. Often, teachers will give me information and expect me to memorize it for a test without teaching me any real application.

— Bella Perrotta, Kent Roosevelt High School

We divide school time as though the class itself is the appetizer and the homework is the main course. Students get into the habit of preparing exclusively for the homework, further separating the main ideas of school from the real world. At this point, homework is given out to prepare the students for … more homework, rather than helping students apply their knowledge to the real world.

— Daniel Capobianco, Danvers High School

Eliminate standardized tests.
Standardized testing should honestly be another word for stress. I know that I stress over every standardized test I have taken and so have most of my peers. I mean they are scary, it’s like when you take these tests you bring your No. 2 pencil and an impending fail.

— Brennan Stabler, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

Personally, for me I think standardized tests have a negative impact on my education, taking test does not actually test my knowledge — instead it forces me to memorize facts that I will soon forget.

— Aleena Khan, Glenbard West HS Glen Ellyn, IL

Teachers will revolve their whole days on teaching a student how to do well on a standardized test, one that could potentially impact the final score a student receives. That is not learning. That is learning how to memorize and become a robot that regurgitates answers instead of explaining “Why?” or “How?” that answer was found. If we spent more time in school learning the answers to those types of questions, we would become a nation where students are humans instead of a number.

— Carter Osborn, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

In private school, students have smaller class sizes and more resources for field trips, computers, books, and lab equipment. They also get more “hand holding” to guarantee success, because parents who pay tuition expect results. In public school, the learning is up to you. You have to figure stuff out yourself, solve problems, and advocate for yourself. If you fail, nobody cares. It takes grit to do well. None of this is reflected in a standardized test score.

— William Hudson, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

Give teachers more money and support.
I have always been told “Don’t be a teacher, they don’t get paid hardly anything.” or “How do you expect to live off of a teachers salary, don’t go into that profession.” As a young teen I am being told these things, the future generation of potential teachers are being constantly discouraged because of the money they would be getting paid. Education in Americans problems are very complicated, and there is not one big solution that can fix all of them at once, but little by little we can create a change.

— Lilly Smiley, Hoggard High School

We cannot expect our grades to improve when we give teachers a handicap with poor wages and low supplies. It doesn’t allow teachers to unleash their full potential for educating students. Alas, our government makes teachers work with their hands tied. No wonder so many teachers are quitting their jobs for better careers. Teachers will shape the rest of their students’ lives. But as of now, they can only do the bare minimum.

— Jeffery Austin, Hoggard High School

The answer to solving the American education crisis is simple. We need to put education back in the hands of the teachers. The politicians and the government needs to step back and let the people who actually know what they are doing and have spent a lifetime doing it decide how to teach. We wouldn’t let a lawyer perform heart surgery or construction workers do our taxes, so why let the people who win popularity contests run our education systems?

— Anders Olsen, Hoggard High School, Wilmington NC

Make lessons more engaging.
I’m someone who struggles when all the teacher does is say, “Go to page X” and asks you to read it. Simply reading something isn’t as effective for me as a teacher making it interactive, maybe giving a project out or something similar. A textbook doesn’t answer all my questions, but a qualified teacher that takes their time does. When I’m challenged by something, I can always ask a good teacher and I can expect an answer that makes sense to me. But having a teacher that just brushes off questions doesn’t help me. I’ve heard of teachers where all they do is show the class movies. At first, that sounds amazing, but you don’t learn anything that can benefit you on a test.

— Michael Huang, JR Masterman

I’ve struggled in many classes, as of right now it’s government. What is making this class difficult is that my teacher doesn’t really teach us anything, all he does is shows us videos and give us papers that we have to look through a textbook to find. The problem with this is that not everyone has this sort of learning style. Then it doesn’t help that the papers we do, we never go over so we don’t even know if the answers are right.

— S Weatherford, Kent Roosevelt, OH

The classes in which I succeed in most are the ones where the teachers are very funny. I find that I struggle more in classes where the teachers are very strict. I think this is because I love laughing. Two of my favorite teachers are very lenient and willing to follow the classes train of thought.

— Jonah Smith Posner, J.R. Masterman

Create better learning environments.
Whenever they are introduced to school at a young age, they are convinced by others that school is the last place they should want to be. Making school a more welcoming place for students could better help them be attentive and also be more open minded when walking down the halls of their own school, and eventually improve their test scores as well as their attitude while at school.

— Hart P., Bryant High School

Students today feel voiceless because they are punished when they criticize the school system and this is a problem because this allows the school to block out criticism that can be positive leaving it no room to grow. I hope that in the near future students can voice their opinion and one day change the school system for the better.

— Nico Spadavecchia, Glenbard West Highschool Glen Ellyn IL

The big thing that I have struggled with is the class sizes due to overcrowding. It has made it harder to be able to get individual help and be taught so I completely understand what was going on. Especially in math it builds on itself so if you don’t understand the first thing you learn your going to be very lost down the road. I would go to my math teacher in the morning and there would be 12 other kids there.

— Skyla Madison, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

The biggest issue facing our education system is our children’s lack of motivation. People don’t want to learn. Children hate school. We despise homework. We dislike studying. One of the largest indicators of a child’s success academically is whether or not they meet a third grade reading level by the third grade, but children are never encouraged to want to learn. There are a lot of potential remedies for the education system. Paying teachers more, giving schools more funding, removing distractions from the classroom. All of those things are good, but, at the end of the day, the solution is to fundamentally change the way in which we operate.

— Jacob Jarrett, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

Support students’ families.
I say one of the biggest problems is the support of families and teachers. I have heard many success stories, and a common element of this story is the unwavering support from their family, teachers, supervisors, etc. Many people need support to be pushed to their full potential, because some people do not have the will power to do it on their own. So, if students lived in an environment where education was supported and encouraged; than their children would be more interested in improving and gaining more success in school, than enacting in other time wasting hobbies that will not help their future education.

— Melanie, Danvers

De-emphasize grades.
I wish that tests were graded based on how much effort you put it and not the grade itself. This would help students with stress and anxiety about tests and it would cause students to put more effort into their work. Anxiety around school has become such a dilemma that students are taking their own life from the stress around schoolwork. You are told that if you don’t make straight A’s your life is over and you won’t have a successful future.

— Lilah Pate, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

I personally think that there are many things wrong with the American education system. Everyone is so worried about grades and test scores. People believe that those are the only thing that represents a student. If you get a bad grade on something you start believing that you’re a bad student. GPA doesn’t measure a students’ intelligence or ability to learn. At young ages students stop wanting to come to school and learn. Standardized testing starts and students start to lose their creativity.

— Andrew Gonthier, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

Praise for great teachers
Currently, I’m in a math class that changed my opinion of math. Math class just used to be a “meh” for me. But now, my teacher teachers in a way that is so educational and at the same time very amusing and phenomenal. I am proud to be in such a class and with such a teacher. She has changed the way I think about math it has definitely improve my math skills. Now, whenever I have math, I am so excited to learn new things!

— Paulie Sobol, J.R Masterman

At the moment, the one class that I really feel supported in is math. My math teachers Mrs. Siu and Ms. Kamiya are very encouraging of mistakes and always are willing to help me when I am struggling. We do lots of classwork and discussions and we have access to amazing online programs and technology. My teacher uses Software called OneNote and she does all the class notes on OneNote so that we can review the class material at home. Ms. Kamiya is very patient and is great at explaining things. Because they are so accepting of mistakes and confusion it makes me feel very comfortable and I am doing very well in math.

— Jayden Vance, J.R. Masterman

One of the classes that made learning easier for me was sixth-grade math. My teacher allowed us to talk to each other while we worked on math problems. Talking to the other students in my class helped me learn a lot quicker. We also didn’t work out of a textbook. I feel like it is harder for me to understand something if I just read it out of a textbook. Seventh-grade math also makes learning a lot easier for me. Just like in sixth-grade math, we get to talk to others while solving a problem. I like that when we don’t understand a question, our teacher walks us through it and helps us solve it.

— Grace Moan, J R Masterman

My 2nd grade class made learning easy because of the way my teacher would teach us. My teacher would give us a song we had to remember to learn nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, etc. which helped me remember their definitions until I could remember it without the song. She had little key things that helped us learn math because we all wanted to be on a harder key than each other. She also sang us our spelling words, and then the selling of that word from the song would help me remember it.

— Brycinea Stratton, J.R. Masterman

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/learning/what-students-are-saying-about-how-to-improve-american-education.html

An international exam shows that American 15-year-olds are stagnant in reading and math even though the country has spent billions to close gaps with the rest of the world.

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