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Their Superintendent calls it "a kick-in-the-stomach moment."
I call it a crime against humanity. And the taxpayers. Camden has an annual school budget of $371 million dollars. And they produced exactly 3 "college ready" students this year. Three. Out of 15,400.
The new school superintendent in Camden says it was a "kick-in-the-stomach moment" when he learned that only three district high school students who took the SAT this year scored as college-ready.
Paymon Rouhanifard on Tuesday told the school board and the community what he learned on a "listening tour" after he was named to the post in August.
He told the city's Board of Education that low college readiness shows the district must do better.
No shit Sherlock.
You really needed a "listening tour" to deduce that?
The Camden public schools have failed. And they'll continue to fail until somebody stops "listening" to the same old educratic bullshit and starts making drastic changes.
What's the answer? I honestly don't know, except to say this. Continuing to do what you've always done, and expecting different results, is what Einstein called the textbook definition of insanity. It's long past time for the education establishment to be shaken to its very core, busted down for incompetence and replaced with a system more focused on results than it is on feelings and platitudes.
And maybe that means some sort of triage approach where the kids who don't want to be in school are cut loose (along with the teachers who are just punching timeclocks) to make it easier on the (presumably more than 3) kids who want to learn. The idea that no child can be left behind has instead guaranteed that all children are forced into failure. Camden is living proof — the race to the bottom is complete. They have achieved full equality, of mediocrity.
But it occurs to me, if that's what you want, you could buy it for a lot less
than $371 million dollars a year.
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