Dallas school superintendent Michael Hinojosa and two trustees defended new classroom grading rules Friday, and urged teachers and parents to learn more about the requirements before dismissing them as misguided.
Teachers have derided the new rules as being too lenient on lazy students by requiring teachers to accept late work, give retests to students who fail and force teachers to drop homework grades that would drag down a student's class average.
But Dr. Hinojosa asked teachers and parents to consider that in the long run the rules will help more students succeed.
"We want to make sure that students are mastering the content [of their classes] and not just failing busy work," he said.
Last week I had a brief conversation with a friend who indicated that many of the power brokers in our cities are, in fact, conservative republicans. So do you think the power brokers who decided that this was a good policy for educating students are conservative republicans?
Hey, he may be right. After all, if your goal in life is to keep minorities down and out what better place to start than creating a public school system where no one learns anything. The KKK would never have devised such a great system.
But somehow those suburban public schools, run by republicans, don't seem to institute these insane policies.
Not to pick on just Dallas schools, they're not the only incompetent school system around.
Here's an article on a LA city school with a 58% drop out rate.
Or how about the Memphis city schools where they fired a former Fed Ex executive after two days of trying to reform the system's Nutrition Center.
I guess all these are just power plays from rich, white guys trying to hold somebody down. Except that it's the rich white guys who are getting fired in these scenarios. I would think if you were a power broker, you'd be doing the firing.
What's so "progressive" about illiteracy?