Well, the reports cards are in and once again our schools are an embarrassment. Just 56% of Kentucky schools met all their goals, down from 71% just two years ago. And in Jefferson County the results are even worse. Just 21% of the schools met all their goals down from 44% in 2008.
Why are we going backward instead of forward?
First, while I love good, skilled teachers who are passionate about teaching, I think we have too many lousy teachers and bad administrators. I don't know how else to say it. I believe those who aren't good at it must be moved out.
Second, I agree with Debbie Wesslund, Chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Education when she said, "We have to get our focus back on schools. We are spending too much time patching up a flawed student assignment plan." But the JCPS school board is essentially hand picked by the teachers union so I don't know how much help she'll get.
Third, we still have too many parents who are not involved in their children's education. They aren't demanding to see completed homework. They aren't interacting with the teachers. They aren't sending the signals from home that education is essential. Many parents simply must do better.
At the end of the day, some really tough decisions need to be made before we squander another generation's chance for a good education.
I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View.