You had me until you made this statement. However much you desire to placate certain people, failing to call a spade a spade does nothing for anyone. Certainly not the students who pay the price for euphemistic phony olive branches.<quoted text>
. Within the framework of our children first budget, we ARE meeting and EXCEEDING state mandates as well as local expectations.
The truth is we have much to do and it begins with the changing of a culture that is afraid to call a spade a spade.
We need in place a change of expectations that begins in first grade and moves in progressive waves throughout our district. This issue of dumbing down our curriculum and inflating grades based upon the amount of homework turned in is not providing our children with the essential education they will require to succeed in life.
If the current system was performing as expected you would see 80% of our 8th grades above the 75% mark instead of below it each year.
Change the culture to exceed not just meet the state mandates. Let children grow academically as quickly as they are able rather than by their chronological age. Provide a real accelerated program that allows those that can travel that path the opportunity to do so unfettered by those who cannot. Provide the ones who cannot the expertise to get them onto a faster track. That may mean getting rid of some of our "fun" electives to release the amount of resources needed to provide for a substantial basic education that actually results in knowledge for our children.
Once again, it depends upon the will of the community to change things in a positive fashion that will benefit all children, not just a select few.