Delgado Absence Affects Students
Ausencia De Delgado Afecta A Los Estudiantes

Joseph Rabinovitsj

Math teacher Manuel Delgado has now been absent for exactly a month, leaving his five Algebra I classes without lesson plans. Students are worried about their ability to succeed after their teacher’s lengthy absence.Delgado left school to attend court over his discontent with the school after he failed to accept the settlement of his last case. Principal Matthew Zito has also been called off campus for the trial. Meanwhile, Delgado did not arrange for a substitute, leaving no teaching plans and few materials.“The first week or two we didn’t really do anything because [Delgado] locked up everything. He didn’t let anybody use anything, he would write notes on the computers saying they weren’t working so that people wouldn’t use them. He took the eraser and the smart board pens and locked them in a drawer, so that no one would use them or be able to. So we basically used our fingers [as pens],” said freshman Diana Bojorquez.

Diana Bojorquez’ description of Delgado’s classroom clearly portrays the tone of the confusion and discord that has persisted in his absence. Delgado’s semi-permanent substitute Mr. Callan wrote the note “please do not touch the board” and signed it from Delgado, emphasizing the lack of communication between Delgado and his classes.

Because Delgado’s absence is such an extended one, students risk missing a month’s worth of material and some worry about failing Algebra I.

Many students expressed their worry with regard to failing the class because of Delgado’s absence. Freshman Sophia Sorci has even more to lose as she explains: “I already took this class, so I don’t want to take it three years, and I’m worried I’m going to have to take it again because he’s gone for so long.”

While Callan is credentialed to teach history rather than math, he recognizes the concern of many of his students and has therefore been teaching himself the material a week in advance and using the lesson plans of the other Alegbra I teachers in an attempt to keep the class somewhat on track.

Regardless of his efforts, it is still a struggle as “it is hard because he is learning the material while we are learning it,” explains freshman Briana Martinez.

Although students are getting some instruction thanks to Callan’s efforts that far exceed the usual duties of a substitute, there is still concern among the students regarding their semester final. If Delgado returns before the end of the semester, students worry about the possibility that he will give his classes his own final while they have been learning the material of other Algebra I teachers for the past month.

Profesor de matemáticas Manuel Delgado ha sido ausente para justo un mes, dejando sus cincos clases de Algebra I sin planes de clase. Muchos de los estudiantes se preocupan de no poder mantener sus notas después de la larga ausencia de sus profesor.Delgado se fue de la escuela para comparecer antes el tribunal para expresar sus problemas con la escuela después de no haber aceptado el acuerdo de su ultimo juicio. Director Matthew Zito también ha sido llamado del campus para el proceso.Mientras tanto, Delgado no ha dejado materiales o planes para el suplente.“La primera semana o dos no hemos hizo nada porque Delgado cerró todo con llave. No dejaba a nadie usar nada, y escribía notas su las computadoras diciendo que no funcionaban así que gente no podía usarlas. Puso el borrador y las plumas del Smart Board bajo llave en un cajón, así que nadie les podría usar. Entonces hemos usado nuestros dedos como plumas,” dijo freshman Diana Bojorquez.

La descripción de Diana Bojorquez a propósito de la clase de Delgado claramente muestra el tono de confusión y discordia que ha persistido en su ausencia. El suplente semi-permanente de Delgado, el Señor Callan, falsificó una nota da Delgado en el pisaron para minimizar la confusión creada por la falta de comunicación entre Delgado y sus clases.

Como la ausencia de Delgado es así extendida, los estudiantes arriesgan perder un mes de material académica, y algunos se preocupan de no poder pasar Algebra I.

Muchos estudiantes han expresado su preocupación con respecto a no pasar la clase por causa de la ausencia de Delgado. Freshman Sophia Sorci tiene más que temer porque explica que, “ya he tomado esta clase, entonces no quiero tomarla tres años, y estoy preocupada que tendré tomarla otro año porque el ha sido ausente para mucho tiempo.”

Mientras Callan es certificado como profesor de historia, no de matemáticas, entiende las preocupaciones de muchos de sus estudiantes y por eso ha sido aprendiendo todo el material académico una semana de antemano y usando los planes de otros profesores para mantener la clase mas o menos en camino para pasar la case.

A pesar de sus esfuerzos, permanece un lucha porque “es difícil porque [Callan] esta aprendiendo el material mientras nosotros lo estamos aprendiendo,” explica freshman Briana Martinez.

Aunque los estudiantes están aprendiendo algo gracias a los esfuerzos de Callan, que sobrepasan de mucho las solitas obligaciones de los suplentes, hay preocupaciones entres los estudiantes con respecto al examen final del primero semestre. Si Delgado regresa antes de la fin del semestre, los estudiantes se preocupan de la posibilidad que les dará su proprio examen final mientras los estudiantes han sido aprendiendo el material de otros profesores para el ultimo mes.

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Delgado Absence Affects Students
Ausencia De Delgado Afecta A Los Estudiantes

  1. Sarah on November 16th, 2012 8:09 pm

    Wow, who knew!! I cant believe this happened at ma

  2. Virsies on November 16th, 2012 10:32 pm

    As a student that works relatively hard to keep their grades up, I think this is atrocious and unfair. M-A is supposed to be credited as a school strong in Academics and Delgado seems to basically be screwing over the students who go to school to learn and want to graduate and get an education. Failing Algebra 1 means having to repeat it and for Sophomores like Sophia, this means they’ll have to take summer school in order to graduate because they have to pass Algebra 2. Being angry or upset is one thing, but going to such great lengths to prevent students from learning is unprofessional and detrimental to the short and long term futures of these students. Teachers are supposed to be people students can trust and learn from, but this is obviously not the case. How are we supposed to trust (and pay) someone to educate and care for their students as a TEACHER when they not only leave without leaving a lesson plan or a substitute, but also take measures to actually prevent classroom use and learning? That’s just immoral.

  3. whanley on November 18th, 2012 5:55 pm

    I don’t understand why the school board doesn’t just hire a part time teacher. I mean, when a class is teacherless for this long the administration has to at least try to figure out a new solution, right?

  4. Hannah Ellefritz on November 18th, 2012 6:00 pm

    As Viera said, many students in Delgado’s course are retaking an already failed year of Algebra I. If they fail this year because of Delgado’s absence, they will have to take a third year of Algebra I! Now, we should definitely consider the possibility that the majority of these students will pass the course. However, if not, the failures of these students may be blamed on Delgado’s absence.

  5. egrose on November 20th, 2012 1:37 am

    This is absolutely ridiculous. It seems that there must be some solution to this problem for so many M-A students, like splitting the students up into other Algebra I classes for the time of Delgado’s absence. This way, they would be able to learn from other teachers with prepared lesson plans. However, it is very admirable that the substitute is trying so hard to teach Delgado’s students the material, even if he isn’t familiar with it. But I’m honestly shocked at what Delgado is putting his students through. It is one thing to be angry with the administration, but it’s completely inappropriate to make his students suffer for this. This issue is not only frustrating for the short term, but will most likely have serious long term effects on Delgado’s students, whose only agenda in this huge controversy – Delgado vs. the school district – is to receive the education that they are entitled to.

  6. shoover on November 20th, 2012 5:36 pm

    I hope this gets settled as soon as possible. These students are trying their best to do well in the class, but there’s only so much they can do with a teacher gone for so long. I wonder if Delgado realizes the magnitude of the situation, and I hope he will return in due time so his students can get maximum teaching.

  7. Zoe Pacalin on November 20th, 2012 6:51 pm

    i agree with will…i would think that there would be many teachers vying for the job that the administration could consider.

  8. rgordan on November 22nd, 2012 5:43 pm

    Props to the sub for doing what he can to make this situation better. Still, though, its pretty outrageous.

  9. Nolan Martin on November 25th, 2012 8:18 pm

    Regardless of Delgado’s claims, Manny has really proven his lack of care for his students. Unless he plans to live off of the sales money of his novel, Delgado needs to clean up his act as this incident has shown that as a teacher he could not care less about the students he is teaching.

  10. Austin on December 4th, 2012 7:33 pm

    could someone do a follow up to this?

    shenze Reply:

    You can check out our most recent article regarding the verdict and details of the case!
    http://www.mabearnews.com/news/2012/12/04/delgado-loses-civil-court-case/

  11. sparish on December 6th, 2012 5:57 pm

    The whole ordeal was really unfortunate and it sucks to hear what his students went though. I’m glad its settled now.