Can Anyone Fix Public Education?

The public school system in New Mexico is broken. Politics, infighting, cronyism, mismanagement and incompetence have capsized the vessel. The latest report reveals that almost 70% of schools in Albuquerque failed to meet progress standards.

Officials in state and local government blamed everyone and everything for the problem. I will not repeat their tired refrains. One telling comment surfaced from a local administrator however. “More students were required to test at grade level this year” she said.

Reign in your incredulity and read it again. MORE students… AT grade level. Amazing. It is difficult for me to set the sarcasm aside for even a sentence.

The 2005 testing required that 50% of students score at grade level or higher. Daily, there are teachers, parents and politicians calling this standard outrageous. I agree. Requiring a standard that low is outrageous.

BTW, no one is New Mexico is offering a solution, just blame. Republicans and Democrats blame each other. Poor and rich blame each other. Hispanics and Anglos blame each other.

In the meantime, my wife realized she had received too much change after a purchase at a local store. She tried to return the extra funds. A manager was called. For ten minutes, the manager and cashier tried to do the math to return three dollars. Since they could not do the simple math, it was a fiasco.

Thought for the day. “If we want to make real change in education, it will require real change.”


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2 replies
  1. Liane
    Liane says:

    Good education is a matter of good teaching. I believe in public schools. I’ve been in them except in my kindergarten. Haha. But anyway, It’s just too bad that those things are happening in Mexico. The Philippine education is struggling, although the economy is suffering, Filipinos always have education is a priority. Parents in here believe that the only treasure they can pass to their children is good education, and kids also believe that it is education that will take them higher so the choice is always to study hard despite the poverty crisis and all that.

    I know Mexico is a richer country in terms of economy. But al that blaming just won’t do good to anyone. Just think of the poor students! I hope things will turn out fine.

  2. Martin H.
    Martin H. says:

    Sorry to hear that… I’m surprised though. Our county (Serbia) is quite poor, however we’ve got a relatively high education standard. Probably the leftover of the communist regime. What could cause such a low standard in New Mexico?

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