Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: High School Reform
- Right on Marilyn! May I suggest that you email your comments to Mr.
Genser and ask that they be placed on the High School Reform Initiative
website. I hope you and others who subscribe to WCCUSDtalk will be
attending the upcoming HSRI meetings out in the community.
Unfortunately, I will be out of town.
Perhaps you could explain to me the meaning of the title of Mr. Genser's
commentary on the HSRI website: "Hard Work and Cynicism" (at
http://www.highschoolreform.org/community.htm). I'm confused. It is my
impression that Mr. Genser is implying that cynics are simply armchair
critics who do not work, or have not worked hard for the betterment of
the public education system? Perhaps he will discover that the pay off
for his hard work in this "business" will be his own personal pot load
of cynicism, especially if he doesn't take the time to seriously
consider that what he sees as cynicism is really a profound and
passionate response to how deeply we care about the education and
futures of the children in the WCCUSD.
Another question: Who gets the Blue Ribbons?
Thank you for your astute comments.
Marilyn Langlois wrote:
> Thanks to everyone for your comments on the high school reform issue.ADVERTISEMENT
> It's wonderful to know that local businesses are taking an interest in
> supporting our schools. I would suggest that the best way for them to
> do so
> is by doing the kinds of things that businesses are best able to do:
> --willingly pay their fair share of taxes to support the public good
> (including education)
> --provide decent jobs for all of their employees, including young
> emerging from the public education system
> --provide additional job-specific training to their employees as
> --provide high quality goods and services to the community (including
> students, parents, school employees) at reasonable rates.
> Businesspeople are not pedagogues, even if they happen to have
> children. They are also not grassroots, unless they belong to truly
> grassroots organizations or movements.
> Thus, if you want to involve the grassroots in making sound
> recommendations about high school reform, any "Blue Ribbon Commission"
> should include:
> --representatives of grassroots organizations concerned with
> these should include long-standing, well-recognized ones such as PTA,
> League of Women Voters, CCISCO, ACORN, etc. as well as some locally
> ones such as West County Parents, Pinole CARE, March4Education, etc.
> --first-rate pedagogues who are widely recognized as experts in the
> field of
> education, such as Linda Darling-Hammond, Deborah Meier, etc.
> --prominent local educators like Melita Sims-Agbabiaka of the
> defunct Barbara Alexander Academy, who is still making valiant efforts
> create a space to educate those high school students who fall through
> cracks and become invisible until they wind up in prison or die.
> Looking forward to following this discussion--
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- Mr. Genser:
Some of us have met you and yes we think you set yourself on a
pedestal. You must feel you are on a pedestal as you still have not
answered why business people like yourself have not worked to help
kids for whom vocational services may be their only chance for job
with a LIVING WAGE!! I have a child who most likely will not go to
a four year college, yet I was told there is no money for additional
vocational services to address the vocational assessment my child
finally received. So she has an assessment but like a restraining
order, it is worth no more than the paper it is written on. Have
any of the business representatives and/or businesses offered to set
up training programs/positions for these kids? Again I ask, are we
only concerned with those kids who will go to college or are we
going to address ALL educational avenues that these kids can explore?
The parents of the WCCUSD will be much more likely to trust and
believe in these committees if and when these questions and others
like them are adequately explored and answered.