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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Who put them in charge?

Below is a question from the parent of a school child. The parent is frustrated after dealing with school officials. Anyone have an answer? -- Tom Skoch

I always thought Education was the 2nd important thing in life? Your children are your first. I realize in life that without an Education, you will not be successful, I keep instilling that into my children, without an Education you will not have a real good paying job, therefor most of us who applied for a job that requires a strong Education background get that job because we met the qualifications, not because we knew someone in the system, but because we fit the profile requirements for that position, that is what the situation is most of the time, but what about the ones who are in charge of supervising the schools while our children are earning an education. What really qualifies a person to make sure our children are being taught, what qualifies them to make sure they are meeting the expectations of an education? What requirements do they have to meet in order to be in charge? I would think that because Education is very important that the qualified person meets the Degree requirements in order to supervise the education of our children, or have we come down to just put that person in the position because they are willing to do it, or the person supervising the school is a friend of a friend who is a friend. Times have changed, Teachers are under more pressure then ever, and the students are more out of control then ever before, the question is; Do we have the right people, the qualified people to control our environment? I am just a concerned parent.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Ex-Lorainite said...

I don't have an answer, but I have a question.

What point is the letter writing trying to make?

Is it really a question or is it a statement?

Does this "concerned parent" have something specific to share with us?

Hmmm...

March 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM 
Anonymous Ex-Lorainite said...

I'm loving how this blog gets updated "more timely".

I take credit for the suggestion (and I designed Windows 7 too). :)

March 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM 
Anonymous Grammy said...

I totally understandwhere the writer is coming from. The question refers to what makes a supervisor/superintendent a good/great supervisor/superintendent. The implication is that "book" education does not a qualified person make. What background gives the person in charge to ability/right to pass judgement? At the state level, we have people making decisions about curriculum that are so removed from the "education" process its laughable. Contact with students, parents and community leads to better interaction and results in the education process. Someone sitting in their "ivory tower" office in Columbus making the in the trenches decisions about "education" really are out of touch with the day to day process of education. Education is vital, yet at the upper levels have they lost touch with the reality faced in the classroom by teachers trying to teach, education and overcome the outside influences while still achieving the goals set by people sitting somewhere else and not dealing with the reality.

March 25, 2010 at 10:26 PM 
Anonymous Ex-Lorainite said...

But I must ask again, is there a SPECIFIC instance you and/or the OP is talking about? Rarely can anything worthwhile come of generalities.

Spit it out grams, what incident or incidents have soured you?

March 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM 
Blogger Tom Skoch, Editor, The Morning Journal said...

I believe the original poster is literally asking what regulations govern the selection of specific individuals to be school administrators. Any educators out there have the answer -- state law or regulations, or criteria established by the local school boards or just the individual choice of superintendents? What governs the selection of teachers, principals, assistant principals and other administrators?

March 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grammy....
Thanks so much for sharing your thought on the situation, but my concern is;schools such as Longfellow School take "Leave No Child Behind" seriously, they will pass your child on even if he or she is doing horribly, no consideration for the child,no suggestions such as, could you use some help with ideas for your child? The Lorain City Schools are even telling parents they are short on books and supplies? I say whaaaaat? what is that about? But yes the question still remains, Who is the best candidate for Principal? who is the best candidate for Assistant Principal? Who in the world picks these people???

March 30, 2010 at 1:29 PM 

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