Schools being forced to restructure May 10, 2006Posted by Administrator in Education, Liberal Hypocrisy.
As NCLB has aged, the number of schools forced to alter their operations due to poor school performance has increased dramatically, now up to 1750 schools from this year.
In the end, no surprise, I expect. But the CNN article that covers this little piece of info brings up two points I wish to highlight.
When a school reaches the end of the line, its district has five choices:
Hire an outside organization to run the school. Reopen the school as a charter school, with new leadership and less regulation. Replace most or all of the school staff with any ties to the school's failure. Turn operation of the school over to the state, if the state agrees. Choose any other major restructuring that will fundamentally reform the school.
Now, all those options except for the last one actually look powerful and appealing.
But, guess which one most districts are opting for? You guessed it, the last one. Thereby allowing the NEA to continue its stranglehold on American education and insuring its continued March into Mediocre Oblivion (or Oblivious Mediocrity. . .) That last option makes sure that districts can simply slap a band-aid on the current poor operation and call it good.
The second point:
Seven states — California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania — account for almost 70 percent of all schools ordered to restructure.
Now, I expect that the KosKids would have leapt all over this and predicted that the poor schools would have come from Red States, most notably the Deep South. But look at that list again: Blue states all except for Georgia (and it might even be blue) and that is also the only Deep South state.
Best bet on what is dragging down those test scores, leading to poor schools; deeply blue urbanized areas; New York, LA, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta.
And my first bet is that every effort will be made to water down NCLB and the KosKids will lead the charge; mostly because it was, after all, a Bush bill.
And we all know that EVERYTHING Bush has done is EEEEvil.
But with all of that said, there is a serious issue with parental involvement in education, and that involvement is not to be found in Deep Blue enclaves; those people are much too busy either trying to stay even or too lazy to do anything other than turn to the TV as a babysitter. (Gross generalization? Maybe. I'm tired. Sue me). Yet we want to turn the entire burden of transforming this cultural (and generational) minefield over to the teachers, who have the kids 7 hours a day, 180 days a year.
WHERE are the responsibilities of the parents in this debate?