Thursday, February 4, 2010
Failing the Children in Indiana
Indiana Citizens agrees that the Indy Star needs to be congratulated for continuing to push the conversation on public education--long overdue. This article says that the problem lies in "parents who took too little interest, teachers who were inept, a school district bureaucracy that is unresponsive and a community uncertain how to help" but a piece that is missing is the continued cut to funding for public education which translates to bigger class size, lack of counselors and social workers in schools, and good professional development for teachers. This is a big gap in the analysis....calling for volunteers and mentors is a good thing of course but don't forget that the city has to do it because the state has left its children out in the cold.