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Daily Archives: September 15, 2012
I’ve extracted comments from this early post Sussex Academy of the Arts and Sciences wants to play the specific interest card
Kilroy says ,here we go again with the specific interest admission card for a charter school claiming to be a public school. Now whats this bullshit with regarding the 5%? I wonder, if those getting rejected from the “Expeditionary Learning and the International Baccalaureate Programme” will be able to attend this school selecting other programs within? Like what other school down their offers IB?
Can anyone make sense of this?
Steve Newton, on September 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm said: Edit Comment
or, just to play devil’s advocate, you could read this positively rather than negatively, and think that what they are trying to do is carve out a very small niche for children with particular talents whose academic records, for whatever reasons, don’t meet their general admissions standards . . . .
kilroysdelaware, on September 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm said: Edit Comment
I see your point Steve and merits for special interest. I am not too sure what other schools down there have an IB program. However, for those student who aren’t in the 5% selected are they still given a seat in the school? Or is that application specifically for the IB component? If IB is the new trend perhaps all school should offer it to fill a need. Dickinson has IB now as well as AP. When a student enters a public school it makes sense they have a menu of academic offerings. Not all students can get into AP or honors in traditional schools and one could argue the specific interest card. BUT if local traditional school are offer IB in Sussex, this school is offering something unique and sure they can only dedicate some my space and resources as not to compromise other programs within.
To be fair, if traditional schools can meet the demand of IB and even AP then sure let charters eat them up! I think it is the duplication of services of traditional schools that unjustly undermine traditional schools. I find answers in my own rants LOL. We need to build up our traditional schools like Red Clay is trying to do with Dickinson. I guess that is the best way to fend off charter schools or rather restore some confidence within the traditional schools. The end game is meeting the news of students and promoting choice is a way that doesn’t clearly discriminate.
Kilroy’s Spin: debating many of the education issues particularly charter school vs traditional school can get complex. No one is ever going to change their views or at least bring the conversation to the middle. My response to Steve does show even I can look for common ground. The reality is, there is a competition between charters and traditional schools. Charters were meant to provide innovations to education not duplicate what already exist. But lets be clear, there is a re-segregation factor that is concerning and an element of discrimination based on intelligence or lack of. Not all students in a traditional school can participate in Honor level classes or AP. However, being in an environment that has a wide menu of academic offerings could be the means to inspire students to reach for the so-called bar of excellence. Placing students in an environment of all at-risk students may suppress motivation to reach beyond the standard! In actually, the standard set by the state re: DCAS is far from achievement levels needed to compete in the so-called global economy. Public school needs to offer education avenues fair and equal among the schools. Sending out lifeboats to save some may make sense where all can’t be saved! By doing so, our system and government seems to be surrendering to the overall call to fair and equitable education. Children of poverty start school with bricks in their back pockets either holding them down or slowing them down. The expansion of education opportunities in our public schools will better serve those who are motivated or have a strong network behind them, usually engaged parents. My real concern is, I don’t think the public education system is broken! I do think society itself has degraded in moral and ethics changing the social norms. The so-called information and technology age seems to have benefited the more affluent and middle-class than those in poverty. We can’t expect real change in children unless we see real change in the community. Extended school hours are great. However, without extended services in poor communities that promotes education I don’t see much of a change.
Serving the niche shouldn’t be viewed as a negative but perhaps embraced. However, under-serving the poor and at-risk via an illusion created by Race to The Top a Wall Street ponzi scheme that doesn’t noting to lower class sizes just kicks the can down the road. You don’t need data coaches to see the obvious when students start school behind! If the universities aren’t teaching those education majors the skills to analyzed “simple” testing data, we don’t have a problem with teachers but rather with the teacher’s teacher.
Deep within the war between charters and traditional public schools are labor issues and the divide between those who have and those who have not. Also, deeply seeded is the notion that all at-risk African-American somehow equal problem children with behavior issues border-lining criminals. Some in Delaware equate concerns with school discipline as seeded in race factors.
Steve after the election we need you back in the education conversations and I hope some of that pro Libertarian views on decentralizing public education enters the conversation. The intrusion of the federal government in local education is one of the root causes for the breakdowns. The political math is fuzzy, 9% federal funding for near 100% of local control?? If we took all the bloated administration and consultants feeding off that 9% and the standardize testing cost and supporting material we’re only talking about 4% directly benefiting the classroom. Odd as it may sound, follow the LEAD reports Delaware could tell USDOE and the Fed to (fill in the blank) themselves.
Perhaps due to political pressure the Pencader school board’s vote to terminate the school leader was a reluctant one. Perhaps they really did support her mode of operation. The former school leader may have had her downfalls however, she did not stand in the way of direct communication with board members via E-mail. One would think moving all board member’s E-mail addresses to a one E-mail general mailbox would have been done by her. The recent move by the Pencader school board to go into stealth mode is shameful and disgrace to transparency of our public schools.
I understand the Pencader school board and the school itself needs to get their feet on the ground and set plans to move forward. However, it needs to be a transparent process and not done by backroom deals. Many of us called on Pencader parents to engage the issues surrounding the former school leader and they did. But now is the time for students and staff to step up and demand full transparency and direct communication with school board members via E-mail without big brother watching.
Pencader’s school board has been entrusted with millions of taxpayers dollars and in their recent ignorance they’ve dropped their pants and put their asses in the faces of taxpayers and those who would like to see Pencader saved.
Pencader students, if you really love Pencader and don’t want to see it closed now is the time to step up and demand full transparency of the school board and school finances. Are you not a school of business and finance?
Pencader question of the day? Did Pencader lose it’s nonprofit status?