That I would not bet upon, the first part that is. I recall him basking in the glow of a manufactured love fest when the board decided he could better serve the district in the Central Office. Given his years of experience and obvious influence with the education community in Springboro it seemed a natural fit for Mr. Malone to impact 5600 young lives as opposed to just 1500.<quoted text>
Dr. Malone isn't a Miley Cyrus popularity hound, he's an experienced educator with the respect of his community.
Mr. Malone appeared on television as a man overwhelmed by the support and relished his appearance the following day on the Fox Morning show, I believe it was. All of this would seem quite touching if we did not later discover he was the one organizing his own show of support.
But every deed has a silver lining and this one has a particularly large one. Had not Mr. Malone organized his own Save Our Principal rally he might have wound up with a key job in the school district.
Why would that be bad you may ask?
Seems as though Mr. Malone was deep sixing critical reports of his tenure and leadership at the high school. Audits that were bought and paid for as part of the High Schools That Work program were finding their way to Mr. Malone's office and being submerged deep inside file cabinets. What was in those documents that Mr. Malone did not want to share with the public or even see the light of day?
From the 2012 report by the Warren County Educational Service Center.
"SHS still offers general level classes (Algebra 1A and !B, physical science, US HIstory, and World History) Thus, not all students experience a college preparatory curriculum. Documents provided to the TAV Team indicate that contrary to the High Schools That Work (HSTW) philosophy, SHS believes that offering low level courses is in the best interest of students. THIS BELIEF, however, WAS NOT SUBSTANTIATED BY RESEARCH OR DATA."
Dumbing down the curriculum is apparently not in the best interest of the student.
Nothing substantiates this belief in either research or data.
Yet, that was the path Mr. Malone chose for your children.
These are not my conclusions, but the conclusions of professional educators at the Warren County Educational Service Center hired by the school district to audit our program of studies before this board ever came to be.
When asked to recommend three new classes in January 2011, Mr. Malone came up with one forced on him by the board to flesh out our math program, A/P Statistics. The other two were a guitar class to teach kids how to play the guitar and a current events class that allowed children to read the newspaper and talk about what was going on in the area. The board, to its credit sank, the guitar class. The board, to its discredit, allowed the current events class.
I imagine we know which way the curriculum will roll if Mr. Malone has his way.
Good bye rigor, hello fun fun stuff.