“We have tried everything else [to improve city schools],” Urbanski said. “I think it would be a sin of omission to not try it.” This statement was reported in City Newspaper yesterday.
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:17
The Rochester City School District and the Rochester’s Teachers Union have tried everything imaginable to make their current system of education work.
The fact is, the system is broken and no new program will cause it to work properly. This is more new wine, that will be wasted because it is being poured into a system so old and useless that it is not necessary to wait for the bottle to break, it is already cracked and leaking.
The only thing the RSCD and the RTA haven’t tried is working together to bring about widespread, fundamental, child centered, sustainable change to the system of education in Rochester and throughout the nation.
Money cannot be the motivating force behind our system of education, the successful education of our children must be the only motive for any expenditure in education.
To continue to support new programs before assessing the validity and functionality of programs already in place is not even good business, for those who believe that education should be run as such.
What is the data on the All City High program? Millions were poured into that program. Were any of its goals met? What exactly were the program goals? Did student attitude toward learning improve? Was there an increase in self confidence among student attendees?
“We have tried everything else.” The program sounds like a last ditch effort to save the Titanic from sinking.
It’s time to STOP!
Stop wasting educational dollars on last ditch efforts and start adopting programs that are proven and beneficial to our children.
Start changing our system of education so that it concentrates on the well-being, the human-being of the child.
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!