As we approach election season, we expect to hear those aligned along big business, begin in earnest to crucify our public schools.
While I believe some of these candidates may be well meaning, I expect their campaigns to be summed up as follows:
Delaware education is failing. Its teachers and students perform terribly. Let me (and my wealthy friends) fix it…..
Parents of the public school community are sick and tired of that narrative. We know it is not true.
Too often, the News Journal, WDEL, and others lead with the same lazy headlines: “Delaware Education is failing!” That same contemptuous narrative leads to chatter at water coolers, at dinner parties and in church parlors as well as comment sections.
Parents whose kids HAVE gone through Delaware’s public schools can say with certainty, no way have Delaware’s teachers failed in teaching our children. The vast majority of our kids’ classmates and their parents are not failing at all.
No, what is failing is Delaware’s support of public education. What is failing are toilets that overflow in kids’ schools. Bathrooms that don’t have soap. Roofs that leak. Understaffing. Overcrowded classrooms.
The narrative should be that Delaware is failing bigtime in its support of public education.
With such headlines our media feeds the blame game. Many families with excessive resources either leave the state or pay private school tuition of $22,000 or more, then proclaim “Yep, Delaware public education sucks” — even though Delaware functions at a fraction of that amount to educate a much more diverse population.
We are tired of the undeserved contempt.
We believe we have an outstanding citizens on our school boards and outstanding staffs manning all of Delaware’s Schools. So let’s all change the lazy and contemptuous narrative in the community. Change the media headlines. RE-invest in Delaware’s schools and make the wealthy pay 100% of the bill. It’s Delaware’s parental responsibility to the future generation to continue what is working well now…
It’s outside big money that is screwing things up….