Monday, July 03, 2006

Guest Commentary

Over at Edspresso, "Your daily addiction for breaking news, commentary and debate on education reform," managed by The Alliance for School Choice, they have a wonderful section dedicated to featured commentary. The Edspresso editor asked me to expand on this post about vouchers. Edspresso has graciously opened his featured commentary section up for that editorial. If you have time, please go check it out here.

I feel so big time!, like the vacationing Edwonk


At 9:45 AM , Blogger Mike in Texas said...

Congratulations on your well written piece but I have to disagree with you on the issue of school choice.

The way to improve the public schools is NOT to give public education dollars to anyone who wants to start a school (you wouldn't give me a contract to build a bridge would you? After all, I'm a teacher not an engineer). Nor is high stakes testing the answer or the subsequent punitive measures of NCLB.

The way to improve public education is to hold administrators responsible for what goes on in their schools. As teachers we have little choice on how money is spent, selection of curriculum or textbooks. We can only work with the resources we are given.

However, visit some teacher blogs and you can find scores of stories on mismanagement and inane ideas by administrators, with little or no accountability placed upon them.

Politicians should be completely removed from the process, or they'll spend their time ignoring studies showing how poorly funded their schools are (55% passing rate in here in Texas is deemed acceptable) and instead trying to do something about all those awful cheerleading routines.

At 10:13 AM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

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