Dilisa V. TownsendMrs. J. HillEnglish Comp. I29 November 2004
To Track Or Not To Track, Why Is There A question?
“Mom, I don’t understand this”! As a mother of two male children with twodifferent learning disabilities, I hear these words more than I would like. I learned abouttracking when my children’s teachers asked if it were okay with me to request mychildren in their classrooms. I had no reason to question why they asked until mychildren stared to run into problems with their learning. One their teachers could notunderstand how two little boys from the same home were beginning to fall behind. Of course, they looked at if there was anything new or unusual going on in my home. Therewas not. They tested my oldest child, but he tested well. They tested my younger son,and that’s where we found a problem. This paper will tell of the things we had to gothrough in order to get the help my children needed. I will show the advantages myfamily has received by the “tracking’ system used in public schools.When they reached third grade something happened. The problem my childrenfaced was neither one of them was taking in information like they had in the past. Their teachers knew I was very involved with my children and helped as much as they couldwith extra schoolwork and study tips. We knew something was very wrong becauseeventually they fell so far behind; an intervention had to be made by their school at myrequest. My older son, who went through this boggling change first, tested well but wasstill having problems. We eventually tried a medical intervention. We found he wasvery ill and need emergency medical intervention for his loss of educational progress.