Wednesday, Nov. 19
GUEST EDITORIAL: Our schools need a new start
Full-day kindergarten (FDK) has vocal support. So do performing arts, foreign language instruction, freshman sports, science and math magnets and gifted and talented programs. This is just the short list.
Dr. [Eric] Williams and the School Board are tasked with prioritizing these competing interests. But what if these interests didn't have to compete?
No, I am not suggesting inflating the school budget to accommodate all students' interests and needs. I am suggesting our district take a hard look at blowing up our current one-size-fits-all educational model.
The board will be initiating a strategic planning process to reflect our community's vision for the district beyond 2020. None of us should expect this process to be expeditious.
Rather, let's hope the board and school administrators take many months digging deep into the educational value of programs, their costs and their desirability.
Let's look at diversifying our offerings through regional programs so families have more choice and greater access to programs well- suited to their children's needs.
Perhaps FDK might not be implemented in every elementary school but those schools unable to accommodate FDK might be able to provide language immersion or specialized arts instruction.
Maybe flipping the classroom, while providing proven educational benefits, might also allow for increasing some class sizes, creating more space for FDK. Transportation will always be a barrier but I encourage our strategists to ponder new solutions. We might learn the known barriers to regional magnets are insurmountable but we need to do the research.
Providing great educational opportunities while responding to financial restraints is arguably the greatest and most worthy challenge of a local community. We have the horsepower to be a national leader in designing an equitable, agile, intentional and excellent system of programs.
Let's spend the time and investigative resources to become this leader.
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