Baltimore Teachers Union

As new academic year begins, Baltimore schools aim to broaden offerings beyond math, reading

As new academic year begins, Baltimore schools aim to broaden offerings beyond math, reading

When Samuel Rather II taught fifth-graders a decade ago, he felt pressure to raise his math test scores. So three days a week, he would spend 90-minute blocks with students teaching the subject — at the expense, he says, of other material.

“I thought my students were the best in Maryland, and I wanted the data to show that,” he says. “I would spend a lot more time on math, and just drilling those concepts, instead of getting to science as much as I would have liked.”

As principal of Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary School in West Baltimore, Rather says, he wants his teachers to avoid that pitfall.

“We’re … looking at educating the whole child,” he says. “It’ll be...

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