Saturday, September 22, 2007

Guam Parents Say No to Direct Instruction

Community gives thumbs-down to DI
by Michele Catahay, KUAM News
Friday, September 21, 2007

Better than fifty residents attended a town meeting hosted by the Guam Education Policy Board to gather input on the Guam Public School System's implementation of the controversial direct instruction teaching format. GEPB subcommittee chairperson for curriculum and instruction Rosie Tainatongo says a majority of the people in attendance did not want to continue the program, citing the program's inability to help gifted students and the idea that teachers want to teach other subjects in the classroom.

"We want to hear the public speak out. If they are in favor of keeping it, or do they want to drop the second reading block or do they want to continue it? We just want to see how the community feels about it," Tainatongo said.

Last night's meeting held in the Kattan District was the first of four meetings set to discuss DI. Other meetings scheduled will be held next Thursday for the Lagu District at Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School, then on October 4 for the Luchan District at C.L. Taitano Elementary School, and for the Haya District to be held on October 11 at the Merizo Mayor's Office.

Tainatongo says the board wants to hear from the public in order to review and revise the District Action Plan.

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