Date: Feb 9, 2012 2:31 PM
Author: Anna Roys
Subject: Re: Seven Fanciful Views On How Do We Fix Our Schools
> RE: jk wrote:
> GSC, my list is even shorter and a billion times more likely to succeed:
> A. FIRE all incompetent teachers.
> B. REDUCE education expenditures to the level of 1959 when SAT scores were
> 150 points higher.
> C. OUTLAW race and gender baiting.
> D. PRIVATIZE schools.
> In reality, if we do ONLY A. and D., the other two will follow instantly.
Huge questions with many perspectives to consider:
A. How do you determine which teachers are competent and which ones
are not? NCLB test data - are a certain teachers students scoring
proficiently? What about low socio-economic low performance level data
- where is the teacher responsibility in this data?
B. What programs do you recommend be cut to reduce expenditures? Why? Since
expenditures are related to funding sources, and NCLB is reducing funding
in many states, this trickles down to districts, then to schools. Our
district is facing cuts, and is considering increasing class sizes to
balance their budgets.. How does this help kids?
C. Define "race and gender baiting" (Not sure what you mean.)
D. What about setting high expectations or students using the 'standards"
system, how would this fit into "privatized schools" as you would define
Your list seems flat and opinionated... please elaborate