District 9-Rs Strategic Plan could, with minor changes, be the plan for a corporation. I certainly understand the need to think organizationally and to take the broad view of purpose and goals. But attributes like creativity, originality, inventiveness, intuition and imagination are quietly being crowded out of the schoolhouse.
Now I get a glossy flier in the mail urging me to vote yes for 3A, a property tax increase that would help fund our public schools. The additional funding will:
b Reduce class size: Where? By how many children? Are all classrooms overcrowded or just a few? Who gets selected and who gets rejected? Are individual schools class sizes affected by open enrollment policies?
b Provide funding for attracting and retaining quality teachers and staff. Apparently weve been attracting and retaining mediocre teachers and staff. What, or who, defines quality? Does quality simply mean compliant? Do test scores decide? What kind of salary structure makes us competitive?
b Invest in technology. This is a very broad topic. Are we talking digital cameras, laptops or more testing software? Teachers arent keeping up with technology the way their students are. Will all teachers be required to get remedial training? Does every school really need high-speed, wireless Internet access?
While I support public education, I am concerned with the ambiguity of these spending measures. Not only our actions but also our omissions become our destiny.
Bill Bowlby, Durango