Posted by Jim Spence on Sunday, July 18, 2010
Labels: New Mexico News
News New Mexico education editor Del Hanson is scheduled for Monday morning at 8:30am. On Tuesday morning at 7:30am Las Cruces City Councilor Dolores Connor will join us and make her views known on the controversy surrounding the extension of North Sonoma Ranch Boulevard. Mayor Ken Miyagishima will follow on Wednesday morning. NMSU Head Football Coach DeWayne Walker will be our guest on Thursday.
Posted by Jim Spence
Posted by Del Hansen
What we are doing in public education isn’t working. Oh, there are pockets of excellence and many hard-working, dedicated teachers still toil under difficult, if not nearly impossible, circumstances. However, if public education were an automaker, it would be belly-up and closing its doors, or at least re-structuring under bankrupcy laws. If ever a giant corporation needed to re-tool and re-organize, public education should. But, is it too big to die? It may not be too large to die, but it is definately too large to reform itself.
The most positive step forward in recent years was the creation of a mechanism that generated charter schools. The report is mixed on the success of charter schools, with pockets of excellence mixed with cesspools of scandal and closure. However, the charter movement seeks to move outside the carefully fortified boundaries of institutional structure that has become public education, a fortress made impregnable not by results, but by the sheer power of funding
Lest one rise to his or her feet and accuse this writer of being another negative Nellie bashing education, I might add that I have worked hard in public education for over three decades, always supporting and often defending it. However, even I can sense and see that what we are doing isn’t working. It benefits few, especially the children we purport to serve, to pretend that things are good and getting better. Eight years of Draconian measures spurred by No Child Left Behind haven’t made even a big dent in the overall success of our schools, except to provide a massive jobs program for test manufacturers. School children, their parents, the teachers, and the nation deserve better.