“State’s eighth-grade scores in science little changed” was the innocuous headline of a story buried in the back pages of The Advocate Friday morning; in the body of the article, it was pointed out that test scores were “statistically unchanged,” which is even worse because it means despite all the money, all the attention, all the community organizing, all the braying by the politically motivated and especially all the nonsense put out by those with their snouts in the bottom of the trough that we’re still at the bottom (43rd) of the national pile, and because the pile is shifting downward that doesn’t bode well for our students.
All the superstar superintendents, all the union bosses, all their dupes and all the money that’s gone down the drain have made no impact except to possibly convince our students it’s not their fault if they don’t learn. We’ve already decided i.e., in accordance with union demands, that their mothers don’t do a good enough job of giving little Johnny breakfast and lunch, so we’ve taken on that burden as well and convinced little Johnny that proper sustenance alone surely will ensure better grades. If that sounds stupid, don’t blame me, blame the politicians who let the arm-twisting union bosses intimidate them into saying and pretending to believe it all the while they send their own children to private schools along with their peers and anybody else who has better sense and the resources to do it. That proves they do have some sense and only pretend to believe what they are saying and foisting on the rest of us.
Catering to special-interest groups with their hand in the public pocket is not what politicians are supposed to be doing. They’ve abrogated their responsibility to their constituents in favor of getting along with the powerful groups that can get them re-elected and line their pockets. Ho-hum, so what? I mean, this is Louisiana.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to effect some change, and I give him credit for that, but that effort is being targeted assiduously with co-opting tactics by the enemies of the public designed to ensure the status quo.
Just take a look at who gets the bulk of the education dollars in the end and you’ll discover the real reason our students don’t perform. Remember, the more we give, the more they’ll have.
Richard G. Wallace