On a day thousands rallied on the New Haven Green for public school equity, long-time political observer Andy Fardy weighs in with this commentary:
Why are we still sending our kids to failing schools? Year after year we have the same schools that are listed as failing and yet nothing is done to correct this problem.
What is the problem that makes these schools fail? Is it bad teaching? Is it the burden of having maladjusted kids in classrooms? Is it poor management on the part of the school’s principal? Is it a Board of Education whose elected members are too busy trying to seize control of the school board to care about the kids?
Year after year we are graduating kids who have no hope and not enough education to get a regular factory job. What happens to these kids? Many end up in crime and live lives of crime and end up in prison. Many of these kids end up as statistics such as a shooting fatality. Many end up disabled and spend their lives on disability payments. Wouldn’t we have saved money if we educated these kids?
Let’s assume we have all the new schools we need for the time being and let’s assume we have enough money although it seems like we never have enough money.
We need to do something about the non-English-speaking parents, people are always blaming the parents for the kids not learning, well my question is how can the parents be expected to help their kids if they don’t speak English and don’t understand what their kids are learning?
Why aren’t we offering English classes at night for all people who don’t speak English and have kids enrolled in the schools. Teaching these parents English will certainly help the kids in their academic endeavors.
We need to offer kids who are not going to college an education they can use when they enter the workforce arena. Right now teaching them nouns, verbs and participles is a waste of time and is not working. Teaching them a lot of meaningless BS is not working.
The Board of Education is doing very little if anything about these failing schools. Who is being held responsible for these failing schools? Is it the principals? Is it the teachers? Is it the course of study? What is it?
Are principals evaluated at the end of every year? How many have been terminated for bad performance? Are teachers being evaluated on a yearly basis? If not, why not? If the teachers union is the problem they must be dealt with because many of their members are mailing it in every day. Tenure needs to be eliminated as teachers basically have lifetime jobs when they get tenure. When was the last time a tenured teacher was fired for bad performance? When was an excellent teacher rewarded with a pay raise for exceptional work? Never. Teachers all receive the same raise regardless of their performance.
The Whys go on and on and this is just a start. It’s time for the people of Bridgeport to say enough is enough.