Jill Tucker at the San Francisco Chronicle has been covering education and education funding for too long to justifiably put forth this gem without bothering to at least ask some interesting questions. Perhaps she asked them but somehow didn't include them? The story seems to provide fodder for the you can throw as much money as you want at poor kids -- it won't change their test scores. She dutifully describes the posh quarters, and hints at the fact that spending tons on three administrators for one school might not be the most effective use of money. She does not discuss how education is implemented -- what steps the district has taken to allocate funds to the actual education needs of the students -- or even if the "district" has taken steps to understand what those needs might be. That would be a start ... I think. The problem with draw your own conclusion reporting is that readers are actually being led down a very specific road -- the one the reporter is unwilling to name aloud.
In other education news:
It is disgusting how this man is feeding hate -- all that money and this is all he can think to do? Seriously fucked up shit. Once again, money is talking with an inappropriate amount of force. What about putting up a site that asks people about not getting an appropriate education or being counseled out of applying for college? There are many stories out there not even being considered while this man continues to stir up racial hatred in the hopes of cutting off as many educational opportunities as possible. There ought to be a law...but then, of course, the Supreme Court would rule against it.
So, a teacher and a student got into a physical altercation last week and it was caught on tape. The teacher was immediately suspended, the principal sent a note to the community expressing shock, the community lashed out at the principal and the child in the altercation in support of the teacher. It is true that the video only provides one view of the altercation. While I support the community expressing their admiration for the teacher, their judgement is also one sided. Of course, an investigation must ensue in order to uncover as much information as possible. Should the teacher and the student both be kept from school while investigating? That seems to be the question the community should be posing. This piece, I am not sure if it is an opinion and letter from a community member, does not seem to be up to the journalistic standard I expect from the Los Angeles Times. It is beyond one sided. Check out this quote:
"Still, as a parent, I have to admit I got a little shiver of satisfaction knowing that a teacher who just happens to be a wrestler was able to physically subdue a student who may have been flagrantly violating the rules. ...
We don’t know yet exactly what happened in that Santa Monica High School classroom on Friday.
But I have a feeling when it’s all over, Coach Black is going to be considered a hero to exasperated teachers everywhere."