Two front page news stories in today's Sunday Denver Post highlight how discredited are the present 'reform' policies that have been running our public schools for the past twenty years. The first report describes on how our money is wasted and funneled into the pockets of cronies of the education-consultant-testing-complex. The second article once again brings attention to the incompetence of school administrators and state legislators.
Let me state this clearly: while we need federal and state revenue raising power to ensure that all schools are equally funded, we must have learning and teaching that is enabled from the bottom, up. Politicians, educrats and meddling billionaires should be told to take their "we know what's best for you" philosophy somewhere else. Our public schools need to empower students and parents to direct teachers to teach in the classroom. A minimal administration should protect teachers' freedom to teach and be an advocate for students, parents and teachers -- not their enemy as is too often now the case. Local elected school boards should be solely responsible for setting education policy that represents the values and standards of their constituents (as long as all Constitutional protections are guaranteed).
Unfortunately, as we have seen in the case of the federal 'No Child Left Behind' law and the micromanaging by the Colorado state legislature, we are stuck with a testing regimen, for instance, that hardly any parent or teacher ever wanted, with increasingly nationalized curriculum and 'standards' that defy what most parents and teachers ever wanted, and idiot zero-tolerance rules that make students and parents the victims of bullying administrators and 'do-gooding' state lawmakers.
So, why would anyone except the toadies of this kind of corporatized education policy ever vote to increase our taxes to keep fund this discredited public education debacle?