Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Response to "Break the inertia with drastic measures"

My listserve response to the article, Break the inertia with drastic measures, from the Denver Post.

Students and families: Set high expectations for all Colorado students (regardless of documentation) with a promise of college or a decent job if students hold up their end of the bargain. Give students and their families more frequent and direct feedback about the student's current and predicted achievement. Hold families, kids and their schools more accountable for student learning through contracts that define responsibilities for schools and kids. -- from the Denver Post
If the date was April 1st, I 'd laugh this off as a joke. As it stands, it shows the mentality of the advocates of public education, and government solutions.

Let me see how this works: The government holds families and students accountable through coerced contracts, based on a system of education that is mandatory to some extent -- families can still opt out for now. A system where the parents have little to no input in the process or outcome. Then, should a student succeed (as defined by the state), college and decent jobs are guaranteed.

Anyone consider the families in this matter? Are children really wards of the state to be used based on the designs of some elite planning board?

Anyone consider the employers in this matter? Or, will the jobs be make-work government jobs? Is this the Castro solution to education?

Anyone even consider Life, Liberty, and Property?

The rest of the "solution" is simply an exposition in central planning. Haven't we been here before? It's not a skip down the Yellow Brick Road to the other side of the rainbow, this is the solution of chains that defined the 20th Century.

As I wrote in a previous post, I don't know which is worse: The snakes who propose solutions such as those contained in the article, or the fools who say, "I guess that makes sense. Let's do it!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kooky. Consider this:



It pays exactly $25 for Tucson kids to stay in school

Aug 9, 2007 11:23 AM EDT

Local high school students will soon be cashing in for hitting the books.

A new pilot program promises to pay them to stay in school.

More than 20,000 Arizona teens dropped out of the class of 2006.

To fight the problem, 75 students from low income families at Amphi High and 100 from Rincon high were picked for the new program.

The students will get $25 a week as an incentive to stay in school.

A local nonprofit will pay for the project.

To get the money, the kids have to stay out of trouble and keep their grades up... Kids like Cassandra Hardin.

"I can get money for doing what I'm already doing."

Hardin was hand picked to be part of this pilot project, and says the money will make a difference to her future.

"You're getting paid to listen to a teacher tell you things you might need later," says student Travis Jager.

He says it's an incentive to stay in school. He plans on hitting the books to keep his grades up.

"I'll focus on my studies and help out around the house," he says.

The idea of being paid to stay in school bodes well for Dylan Ebright. He dropped out a few years ago and now fixes electronics.

Even though he got his GED, he wishes he'd stayed in school.

"I think a lot of kids see the rap stars and all the money they make and think if they drop out of school they can be like that," he says. His big message: stay in school.

It's advice for those still in school from someone who dropped out.