Abandono Escolar

Substituir as provas de recuperação por PIT foi substituir um asno por um jerico. Espera-se, agora, que o CDS se deixe de estratégias da treta.

De boas intenções estamos fartos. Eficácia, precisa-se, sem cedência aos sentimentos de culpabilização. Há que criar nas escolas equipas específicas para tratar destes casos e não é apenas com a boa vontade dos professores multifunções. Há que contratar assistentes sociais e os tais mediadores que a EPIS tem usado com sucesso.

Insucesso escolar. Plano para salvar alunos faltosos foi um fracasso 

PS e CDS exigiram às escolas planos individuais para resgatar os alunos que não vão às aulas. Directores dizem que a medida era bem-intencionada mas não teve qualquer efeito

Pelos vistos colocaram o Teixeira dos Santos a ser entrevistado à mesma hora da transmissão do Braga-Benfica. Acho que nem o pai Josef fez tamanha maldade aos  kameneves e zinovieves.

Inflating Test Scores in Los Angeles?

Natalie* is a smart and witty sophomore at Mission High in San Francisco. Despite her struggles with ulcers and depression, she tries to make it to school on time every day. But since Natalie commutes across town, taking two buses in the process, some days she is late for her 8:10 a.m. history class. Last time she walked into class 10 minutes late, her teacher Ms. Bowman nodded and smiled at her without interrupting the lecture.

If Natalie went to public school in Los Angeles, though, she might have been stopped by a police officer at the bus stop or near the school entrance. The police officer would question her about her tardiness, might search her bag, and would write up a ticket for $240. That’s because until recently, the Los Angeles city and school police would do “sweeps” near schools and give out tickets to students who were late or not in class.


Natalie’s district, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), uses six “carrots” or goes through six, school-based counseling and intervention steps before a truant student is referred to the District Attorney’s office. Mission High School principal Eric Guthertz told me that most students who have attendance issues are usually dealing with a crises at home or at school. “There is a lot of room before you get to the police. We meet with the parents and students many times, and we do home visits. In some extreme cases, a police officer might drive us to the house, but we do the talking,” he told me. While school-based counseling and interventions take more time and resources than referring them to police, it works better in the long haul, Guthertz says. And he’s got numbers to prove it. The drop out rate at Mission High went down from 8.8 percent to 1.6 percent last year, after more school-based measures were implemented. SFUSD reports that the attendance among chronically truant students at the elementary school level in San Francisco also went up 33 percent.

… a ministra dos encerramentos. Pim!

Por cá preferem-se os mega-coisos.

Le micro-lycée, une deuxième chance pour les “décrocheurs”

Para além dos países da Europa do Norte, Isabel Alçada nomeou outros países como exemplares no combate ao abandono e insucesso na entrevista que deu à SIC no fim de semana. Especificou, por exemplo, a Austrália e o Canadá.

Sobre a Austrália, só um pequeno detalhe (a medida data de há 2 anos e já é posterior a esta outra, draconiana, de prender os pais que, repetidamente, não assegurassem a ida à escola dos filhos):

On August 27, education minister Julia Gillard tabled legislation enabling welfare recipients’ payments to be denied for up to three months if their children were regularly absent from school.

“The key thing for us is to make the education revolution real for all kids, including those kids where school attendance is a real problem”, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told the August 25 Daily Telegraph. “Obviously there can’t be an education revolution for kids if they’re not at school, and we are determined to make sure across Australia that they are attending schools properly.”

The proposed scheme will be trialled in eight areas: six Northern Territory communities, the Perth suburb of Cannington and one more metropolitan area that is as yet undecided.

Under the legislation, proving that children are regularly attending school would be a condition for receiving all Centrelink-based payments except the Family Tax Benefit. Instances in which children were absent from school without good reason would result in a 13-week suspension of welfare payments, with reinstated payments and back-pay conditional on “parents [meeting] their responsibilities relating to enrolment and attendance within 13 weeks”, the August 26 Age reported.

E para debate:

Tackling truancy – is cutting welfare payments an effective method?

Dois anos depois, parece que as coisas ainda andam complicadas:

Will tracking truants up attendance?

Por lá, parece que os sindicatos apoiam esta linha dura:

Union backs school truancy crackdown

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