In a guest editorial in the Post Dispatch the other day someone named Pat Mobley weighed in on the problems found in St. Louis schools. His/her thinking was that this is a regional issue and regional educational administrators, teachers and students have to be part of the solution.
But, the way in which he demands a solution is naive at best and ridiculous at worst. What Mobley wants is to take kids and teachers from say, Clayton or Lindberg or Webster, and put them in failing schools.
"There is no reason buses between unaccredited districts and their accredited transfer partners must run just one way. Any accredited district brave enough to do so could immediately agree to send students to schools in Riverview Gardens and Normandy. Send teachers with them. Share resources. Essentially, create one district out of many.
If bad teachers are to blame in the unaccredited schools, bring some of them to the “good” schools to learn from their “better” colleagues. Send some of the excellent teachers from the accredited districts to lead in the unaccredited ones.
If uninvolved parents are to blame, invest some of the gung-ho CEO-moms in the outcomes of the struggling districts. If that is what is missing, we are sure to see a quick turnaround.
If the “culture” of the communities surrounding the unaccredited schools must change, what better way to change it than to inject students with the proper “cultural background” into those schools, and to send students from the struggling communities out to learn what a “successful culture” looks like?"
"Many residents who resist this line of thinking must be led or compelled to that conclusion." Unbelieveable.
This is so naive it makes my head hurt. The problem unfortunately begins beyond the classroom, it has its roots and continuing influence in the home or lack of a home. Until that is addressed, hauling kids and teachers in from accredited schools will not begin to affect an educational change.
"Many residents who resist this line of thinking must be led or compelled to that conclusion."