In an article that was posted on September 19th at midnight, the Commercial Appeal reports that Memphis City School parents have some bad news coming.
The TCAP test scores for students in the Memphis and Shelby County school system will be in the mail this week. In an effort to negate some of the more negative reactions, the school officials are attempting to get the word out ahead of the parents receiveing the results.
“Our message to parents is don’t panic,” said John Barker, head of the MCS department of research and testing, as reported by the Commercial Appeal. Barker and other officials have begun the campaign to deflect responsilibty for their poor performance by assuring parents publicly that “You need to understand why this is happening so you can have an accurate picture. It’s not a drop in your child’s ability.”
Of course, that would be an accurate statement. Children who attend Memphis city schools are more than likely performing at the level they always have. The standards are what has changed. Now, school children must answer more questions correctly (52 out of 70 versus 26 out of 70) to pass the TCAP.
The problem, it seems, is that Memphis city school teachers and administrators are also performing at the levels they always have as well. In a word, dismally.
How can children be expected to compete in a global society when locally the education they receive is nothing short of pitiful? All one has to do is listen to the “educators” for a few minutes to determine what the problem is. Many of the teachers cannot read or write at or above what is considered 7th or 8th grade level.
Most school text books are geared to that level as well. Many students can barely read their own high school diplomas, provided they make it that far.
Another question may be “will parents really care at all?”. Part of the overall problem is the lack of participation by parents. Attendance at PTA and other school meetings is generally almost non existent. It is these same parents that vote to keep members on the school board who are overall responsible for the quality of the schools.
An example of this travesty occurred just the other day when Kriner Cash was given an outstanding job performance review along with a four year contract extension. Some would say the timing was nothing less than advantageous for Cash (and somewhat suspect).
All of this is the culmination of 40 years of social experimentation, dumbing down the education standards, and rampant political correctness in an effort to make everyone equal, even though they might not be. Handing graduate and post graduate degrees to those who have not really earned them, and have not actually learned anything, is manifesting itself in our societal ills when it comes to educating our children.
Perhaps these events will provide a wake up call for the school system, parents, and administrators. Parents may actually take note of the poor performance of their children and realize that without a good education, their chances of being anything more than they are now, will be small. They may even elect school board members who care about educating children instead of using the school board as a spring board to higher political office.
On the other hand, maybe Memphis will do what it has always done. Nothing.