Let me lay some groundwork for my opinions before I share what’s peeved me off. Most of my family and my husband’s family is in the education profession areas. Yet I hate math. Ignoring the large amount of math I have to do every time I plan a quilt.
In contrast, graduates earning the worst grades came from IDEA Public Schools and La Villa ISD, where administrators admitted they have a lot of college-readiness work ahead of them.
“There’s access, and then there’s success,” said Tom Torkelson, CEO and co-founder of IDEA, which has sent 100 percent of its graduates to college. “There’s clearly a lot more we have to do to ensure student success when they leave IDEA.”
It sounds terrible but it seems as though that people have forgotten that not all kids are smart enough to get through college successfully. I’ll concede that college/university takes a deep amount of determination and that if people do work hard enough and are reasonably intelligent they should be able to get through it successfully. What I hear most from teachers is that if kids are genuinely making an effort they’re more likely to succeed later in life. How many kids do you know that doggedly attach to a goal and complete it? Without a good support system? Without someone driving/nagging them? Not many.
As a charter school they believe they have the cream of the crop thanks to their
entrance exams application process. It’s like a reflection of our over-indulged society in America. My child is mildly above the status quo so he/she must be catered to because he/she is intelligent. When did parents become so stupid? Was it all from the constant affirmation that they’re special or unique? I’m getting more than a little off track. I find education infuriating.
Bottom line: Any school that thinks that every child needs to attend university is blind.