Thursday, December 23, 2010

Reaction to Reader Poll: What measures should be taken to improve public education?

Poll: What measures should be taken to improve public education?

While I am visiting family in New Orleans over the holidays, I saw this article from December 14th. The brief article in cluded an online poll for readers to answer the question about improving public education?

One thing that popped out right away was the distinction of "public education." I work in private schools and I was raised in New Orleans. It is safe to say that the perception and reality in that area is that there is a large achievement gap between public and private education. Given that information, the suggestions readers could choose from would not necessarily be based on what is done in private schools in New Orleans that work, but rather a list of national agenda items from which to pick.

If you click on the link to the article, you can see the poll results. The suggestion with the most votes was "Get parents more involved" followed by "Pay teachers more" and "Tie teachers' pay raises to student performance."

In an earlier post, I made the case for an independent model for reform. It would shock me to find out that the New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, is not aware of the gap in student acheivement in its own city. I also wonder if a more appropriate poll, one including suggestions that have a history of student achievement, would be helpful.
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