WHOSE FAULT IS IT?
CERTAINLY NOT MINE . . .
The college professor said,
"Such wrong in the student is a shame,
Lack of preparation in high school is to blame."
Said the high school teacher,
"Good heavens, that boy is a fool.
The fault, of course, is with the middle school."
The middle school teacher said,
"From such stupidity may I be spared,
They send him to me so unprepared."
The elementary teacher said,
"The kindergartners are block-heads all.
They call it preparation; why, it's worse than none at all."
The kindergarten teacher said,
"Such lack of training never did I see,
What kind of mother must that woman be."
The mother said,
"Poor helpless child, he's not to blame
For you see, his father's folks are all the same."
Said the father,
at the end of the line,
"I doubt the rascal's even mine!"
Printed in the English Journal
What, then, are the factors that make for a successful transition?
Not surprisingly, they appear to center around the dual themes of
academic emphasis and personal support and engagement.
—National Association of State Boards of Education, 2008
Transition is a process, not an event. —Dr. Jay Hertzog, Slippery Rock University
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A focus on the transition from middle to high school is critical in preventing students at risk of dropping out of school from actually leaving school. The review of research on transition programs finds that students are less likely to drop out of high school if they participate in programs that help them transition from middle school (Mizelle, 1999). A recent study of Maryland schools revealed that many schools have instituted schools-within-schools, 9th grade academies, smaller learning communities, and other strategies aimed at improving the transition from middle to high school (Legters and Kerr, 2001).
"When high school people criticize middle schools for failing to adequately prepare students to succeed academically in 9th grade, how do you react? Is this legitimate criticism? What should principals and teachers from both sides be doing to better insure a successful transition?"
Michelle Pedigo was selected NASSP's national Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2000. She offered these comments about strengthening transitions from elementary to middle to high school on the MiddleWeb educators discussion listserv.
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