In February on Face the Nation, Rick Santorum stated that the Federal Government should give local districts more power to control their schools. This statement caught my attention. Santorum took the statement even further by saying that parents should run the schools. That really caught my attention. As any professional educator would, I welcome parent communication and value their input, however, there needs to be clear understanding of who is the educational professional.
Additionally, a local news columnist has recently criticized the county’s new instructional vision. Interesting though, the more one reads the column, the more one will realize there is little instructional merit to the comments. The author comments on the fact that he has been around education for many years, yet never notes his specific knowledge base. From the author’s perspective, he basically seems to feel that education hasn’t changed or the students have not changed too much over the past 30 years and that this new way (vision) is a waste of time and money for the teachers and students. Since the last two columns were published, there has been some well written editorial feedback making a case for the county’s instructional vision. Their viewpoint was stated both professionally and factually.
I am curious as to how the article will spin next week . I also wonder if there is another topic he is really trying to address but burying it in the criticism of instruction.