Delaware ESSA plan is nothing more than BS ED FLUFF

Delaware’s public school system has failed generation after generation of minority children and this ESSA plan is nothing more than bullshit education fluff. 

Delaware cannot achieve these overambitious goals with a de facto segregation systems and with a charter laws that gives enrollment preferences to affluent white students and sets barriers for at-risk minorities.  Then there is the 5-mile charter attendance preference zone that defaces Delaware’s Choice School law. 

Odds are someone will comment we need more money to meet these objectives. Sorry but when you corral at-risk minority students is such a segregated way the cycle of failure will continue for students and the turnover of teachers in these schools will also continue.

Are charter schools the answer? Look around! They too are failing at-risk children. Sure there is exceptions to the rule in both charters and traditional public schools. But the bottom-line is, at-risk minority children will continue on the treadmill to nowhere.

So now Delaware DOE set proficiency targets extending to the year 2030. 13 years folks! You can bet all the ass-hats who formulated this plan will be long gone!

The only way we can effectively change this failing cycle is through a real civil rights movement where so-called civil rights leaders aren’t tethered to the greenbacks meant for educating children. Those sitting at the table with the likes of Rodel and Jack Markell are blinded by political bullshit!

Jack Markell caused more damage to our public schools than any governor before him. His political party for the most part enabled him and handed him a sledgehammer. 

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5 responses to “Delaware ESSA plan is nothing more than BS ED FLUFF

  1. Stop saying the system has failed kids. That’s bullshit and if you truly believe it, well, then I’m taking offense as a product of Delaware’s schools. The schools aren’t failing. Society is failing.

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  2. “Delaware cannot achieve these overambitious goals with a de facto segregation systems and with a charter laws that gives enrollment preferences to affluent white students and sets barriers for at-risk minorities.”
    -Please identify what ‘affluent white’ criteria is being used as a preference. School feeder patterns are established methods of grouping students, they are not de-facto segregation. People are free to move or live wherever they choose. Are advocating that the state determine where people must live to alleviate so called de facto segregation?
    -Please identify what institutional barrier is being put in front of at risk minorities.
    “The only way we can effectively change this failing cycle is through a real civil rights movement where so-called civil rights leaders aren’t tethered to the greenbacks meant for educating children”
    -Is this code speak for socialism? Who’s civil rights are you advocating for? Everyone’s or just a selected group who already have been granted many special considerations and financial incentives to offset their behavioral issues? Couldn’t / shouldn’t the money gifted by Wilmington council members, to each other, have been used to help the disadvantaged? Is it just about needing more money, because simply funneling extra money into the educational department has not been proven to be effective at solving the so called civil rights problems. In fact, excessive money into the departments as a solution, has been thoroughly debunked. It isn’t the money.

    Public school ‘failures’ are not unique to Delaware, they are the result of socialist ideologies run amuck in many locations predominantly democratically controlled metropolitan areas. Personal responsibility and the adherence to behavioral guidelines have been avoided in our public schools. As personal student (and parent) responsibility has declined so too has school performance. NO AMOUNT OF MONEY WILL FIX THIS. Public school failure is the failure to grant the schools the authority to insure those students in the schools are capable before moving on. Gauger Cobbs has a 11-15% pass rate for some demographics, of state testing. Yet these kids will be passed on to the next grade and be allowed to drag down the next grade’s teachers and students’ performance. If the child doesn’t pass, he/she shouldn’t move on.

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  3. Kilroy – did you build your house in slower/lower? if so did you provide the builders splintered, warped wood? crumbling cinder blocks for the foundation? would you?

    you cant blame the schools for the children they are given. what is offensive is you are basically saying that the teachers dont care and do nothing. i can tell you as a spouse of a teacher who works a lot more hours than I do and makes a lot less money, they are doing everything they can.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      ” what is offensive is you are basically saying that the teachers dont care and do nothing.”
      Didn’t say that! But for sure many are burnout and feel abandon re: lack of real tangible resources. Therefore, impacts their ability to meet student needs. Honestly when union leaders shout of parents and they public what schools and kids need sometimes seems shallow. Though we can debate charter schools; it was parents putting the squeeze on politicians to enact the charter schools law. So yep charters are a good thing for those parents. As for low performing charter schools. Apparently many of those parents prefer to have their children in failing charter schools.
      Most teachers are doing the best that they can and obliviously can’t save them all. I admire teachers who stick it out in under-performing schools and yes they are stigmatize. But one thing for sure is, I don’t have respect for teachers bouncing from school to school under VT every two or three year and posing as an expert on education. My preference is a traditional public school system but respect the rights of charter school parents . But I oppose admission practices that cherry pick students! Even magnet schools

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    • Kilroy,
      Most parents preference is for TPS to provide what their children’s needs are. A safe, educationally enriching environment. The push by Charter parents was because a lot of districts have not been providing that. I wish that wasn’t the case but it is. As far as cherry picking, just as the stellar football player wants to be on a stellar team; the school has to have tryouts. Why are tryouts or qualifications such a problem for identifying student’s capabilities? You assert that everyone should have access. Agreed. That doesn’t mean everyone makes the team. Your aversion to qualifying is what you use to decry charters who are trying to identify what the student wants. What would happen if there were no cuts and everyone made the team. What if there are no first string, second string, etc. Everyone plays the same amount. How good of a team and how motivated are the best players going to be if their teammates can’t walk and chew gum at the same time? The same is true in a classroom. How motivated or hardworking will the normal to over achieving students be if they could complete the assignments with their eyes closed? If a player doesn’t pass his academics, he’s not allowed to play. Why is telling a student; If you don’t apply yourself, you don’t get in the advanced class / school or you don’t pass on to the next grade, off the table? JUST LIKE THE FOOTBALL TEAM, simple participation is not enough. Even in the elementary grades, phasing is needed.

      Qualifying is in everything from the Internet provider you use to the trash collector and it depends on performance. School is no different. Students must ‘feel’ that their performance is important. Watered down and homogenized academics makes our traditional schools far too easy. NO STUDENT should be socially passed. The DSEA should be all over this because it makes their members’ jobs insurmountable. Schools should be able to remand the uncooperative child to their parents until such time that the child willingly applies himself/ herself. The state is obligated to provide education, they are not responsible to force feed uncooperative and unwilling children. Nor are taxpayers responsible to pay for said force feeding. That’s the parents’ job. If they are unable to convince their child of the importance, then a different form of education is needed. One that is far more unpleasant than going to school and applying themselves.

      “As for low performing charter schools. Apparently many of those parents prefer to have their children in failing charter schools”
      -Because they are probably safer and socially supported than in traditional public schools. A school for ESL students may be more acceptable for parents whose children can’t speak English very well which would be why they don’t perform well, academically. Being in a safer environment is then better than being in a unsafe environment.

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