Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Duval County, you so crazy
I was a reader growing up. I loved King, Tolkien and Howard among others. As an adult I have often wondered what would have happened had I been forced to take an extra hour of reading as the state wants to do with 300 schools and the county with 50. I might have felt like it was a punishment and it might have impacted my love for reading.
I have very mixed feelings about the extra hour being required. It’s probably great for families that need it and want it but probably the opposite for those that don’t.
Last night the district announced that the families at Holiday Hill will be able to opt out which begs two questions, why wasn’t an opt out option available from the beginning not just at all Holiday Hills but all the schools and this is where the district wanted to draw the line with parents?
It wanted to make parents send their kids to an extra hour of reading, which is weird because sending kids to school on time and regularly, having them provide the basics and being involved with their kids academics up to now had been optional for way to many of our parents. Who cares about all that and so much more but they had damn better send their kids for an extra hour of reading.
The same people that manage with a straight face to say parents know best with their kid’s education options, so they can justify vouchers and charters, are often the same people that point out that all to many parents have abdicated their responsibilities.