My chem teacher does not do the best job teaching. She just assigns us homework and we have to go home and figure it out ourselves. All the students have formed a group and we have mastered our assignments. On the test day, the questions are NOTHING alike as our assignments. No resemblences at all. This is not the first time she has done this. She also has 5 periods and all 5 periods have failed.
My question is, what can I do to make my teacher reteach the lesson? What can i accuse my teacher of legally? Is there any hope for me to replace my teacher or any law that forces her to reteach it?
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There are no laws regarding teaching material. The only laws are that teachers have to follow the educational policies set by the states. The teachers are supposed to teach certain content and then assess. The law does not demand re-teaching if students do not pass. However, under the new policy known as RTI, teachers and schools are required to continue instruction until students meet the mark.
I have mixed feelings about this post. As a longtime teacher, I have administered tests in which half of the class have failed--because they did not sufficiently study or read the material properly. I have also witnessed other teachers who go through the motions of teaching, and I can understand when many students are upset with grades from such a teacher. As a recent college student, I had one such teacher who failed to prepare students adequately during class hours, and the students basically learned on their own through practice and repetition. Some exams, however, are meant to test the students' skills of deduction, and the material is deliberately assigned to elicit an original response from the student--not just to regurgitate the material from the text. Many students today assume that if they study their notes and text thoroughly, memorizing what they consider the important data, then an "A" grade is to be expected. As a literature teacher, I often give essay questions based on segments of the text not thoroughly discussed just to see how well the students think out of the box. I sympathize with the original post if the instructor is truly a bad teacher, and I applaud the time spent in group study since it shows a true desire to succeed in class, but I hope that the poster does not plan to blame their teacher for every unsatisfactory grade they receive. The idea of students looking for ways to take legal action against their teachers when they make a bad grade is not a practical solution--for education or the courts.
While laws regarding teacher certification and professional practice vary from state to state, chances are there is no specific law that will help you with this teacher. However that does not mean that there is nothing you can do. The fact that a group of you are working together can be very powerful. You need to save all your materials, notes, worksheets, and corrected tests. Then your group needs to ask for a meeting with your principal or administrator; you need to all go in together with an organized presentation. You also need to make it clear to the principal that your group will meet with the school board as a next step if necessary. If you can get some of your parents to join you and sit in on these meeting that would make it even better. Good luck.
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