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It’s tough to stay a step ahead of a smart bureaucrat.   
About a week ago I wrote an article explaining how what a bureaucrat wants (for himself) and what’s best for public education isn’t always the same thing – and used Senator Phil Berger’s ‘Read to Achieve’ bill as an example.
What Senator Berger wanted was to teach third graders to read – so he passed a bill to end social promotions, saying a third grader had to learn to read before being promoted to fourth grade. Which sounded simple. But didn’t sit too well with the bureaucrats who run education. 
Because what bureaucrats love is job security – which means they avoid making controversial decisions like the plague.  And Senator Berger’s bill said one thing loud and clear: They were going to have to make a lot of tough decisions – like making third graders attend summer reading boot camps.
Well, the bureaucrats side-stepped the whole problem.   It was sheer brilliance.  They couldn’t repeal Senator Berger’s law – so they gutted it. By simply making the tests easier.
As a result, overnight, 11,000 third graders – who couldn’t read under the old standard – can now read!
Tammy Howard, the head of testing at the Department of Public Instruction, even told newspaper reporters with a straight face “This is not lowering standards.
Of course, that’s a non-sequitur. But, still, it’s worth remembering the next time the bureaucrats at DPI troop over to the legislature asking for more money.



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2 comments on “A Side-Step

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ah yes….the dumbing down of our children by reducing the standards in schools. It’s been happening for quite a while now, Carter. Ask a college basketball player for an interview and check out the diction and sentences they put together answering questions. In many cases (nope, not all cases) it’s ridiculous. But, hey, these folks need to be passed along and by God, any teacher that puts them back has HELL to pay. It’s the same now with just regular kids because if a “regular kid” gets held back because of lack of effort and progress…the administration/teachers will pay a HUGE price from the parents. “My little boy is smart and you don’t have any right to say he isn’t”. We all know this is happening now. Back in my day, if my parents knew I wasn’t doing well in school, I’d get the HELL, not my teachers. And, guess what, I worked harder and even if I had to stop what I was doing other than studying, I had to stop that. End of story.

    But, our culture today is far different. I wouldn’t be a teacher for all the tea in China.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Have you ever heard the expression, “painting yourself in a corner”. Public school elementary education in North Carolina has some basic problems. Everything they do is graded by race. You can’t have one race or two races score too far behind another race. You can’t fail but a certain percentage of a race. You can’t suspend but a certain percentage of a race for bad behavior. Once you set up these guidelines you are painted into a corner and there is no way out. There will never be quality education in North Carolina public schools. There is another agenda, and it has nothing to do with education. Once several years ago Wake County schools were going to crack down on dress codes. The N&O ran a big story on how pants must be worn at the waist and girls tops had to cover most of their upper body. Sounds simple. The offenders would be expelled from school. Lasted about 3 days. Didn’t fit in with the unspoken agenda, now there is no dress code, and if there still exsist one on paper, it’s not upheald. Painted in a corner and no one sees that elephant in the room. I love it when the left creates things that can’t be talked about.

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