I think a lot of people have heard the buzz about the Vergara v. California case in california last week.
I was particularly interested in the response from our Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
I don’t think the last sentence could be emphasized enough …”we all need to continue to address other inequities in education–including school funding, access to quality early childhood programs and school discipline.”
Tenure is not the primary cause of problems in schools and those who attack tenure first are not looking to improve schools they are trying to destroy education. If you want to improve education in our worst schools, start with repairing or replacing the buildings, feed the children 3 times a day with healthy food (not the crap they feed them now), make the schools inviting, keep the schools open until 9PM and hold parenting classes, English classes for adults, dance, art, anything to increase the sense of pride and culture in a neighborhood.
Education is more than just skills and standards, it’s the glue that binds us. More on this tomorrow I hope.