Why do you think elementary education would be any different? My last teaching assignment was at an inner city school in Austin. My 4th grade class was largely below grade level in all subject areas. I had students on the 1st or 2nd grade reading level and students who could not multiply let alone add and subtract.Originally Posted by considering
My building administrator would not allow me to provide remedial instruction. I was told that I was expected to teach 4th grade instructional objectives. I was also told that my class was expected to make "significant progress" on the annual standardized test otherwise my employment would be terminated.
Most of my class was indifferent to learning. They actually resented my interruption of their conversations. Having become accustomed to repeated failure, most of them were simply not willing to make any effort to learn.
In reply to your question regarding apathy, I think you should consider the demographics of any given location.
Are all students in all schools apathetic? Clearly not.
Are all students in all schools highly motivated? No.
Every school is different. One of the tricks towards retaining your sanity as well as long term employment is finding the school that's right for you.