Tuesday night Commissioners Adams, Powell, and White urged the other members of the Board present, Campos, Cruz, and Evans, not to vote on the budget Thursday due to the lack of data concerning certain programs.
While everyone would agree that data is necessary in deciding the outcome of a program, data becomes irrelevant if the system being assessed is inherently flawed.
Commissioner White touted the success of the Young Mother’s Program and, according to it’s beliefs and goals, they very well may be successful, however they are still focused on teaching young girls, not parents, how to deal with the “problems of pregnancy” instead of the “joys of parenting”.
The precious life these young parents are blessed to bring forth are seen as a “mistake” made by uninformed youths instead of the choice of unloved youths to experience love in an uncaring environment.
Until we change the perspective of the “teaching” the outcome will be the same, our children will fail to realize their true potential as loving, caring, human beings.
Commissioner Cruz questioned Superintendent Vargas about School #19. Dr. Vargas was very proud to announce that due to the receipt of the Extended Day grant, every child at School #19 will be able to receive an additional 120 minutes (2 hours) of extended learning.
The regular 61/2 hour school day, plus an additional 2 hours, add to that a minimal 15 minutes for transportation, multiply all of that by 5 days a week, and the children at School #19 will be putting in a 45 hour school week, five hours more than adults are expected to work each week.
Instead of extending the school day, extending the school year may prove more efficient and effective. Remove vacations and only maintain National holidays. Children have the opportunity to attend school year round. No summer vacation unless parents decide, according to their schedule, when the family takes a vacation. Observing religious holidays also becomes the parent’s decision.
Changing our system of education is not about who is right or wrong, it is about what is best for our children!
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