Social promotion has been blamed for many things including being partially responsible for shipping some of America’s jobs overseas. Many elementary schools in the United States are effectively daycare for some of their students with very little real learning or critical thinking taking place.
An exceptionally high number of our youth have been “diagnosed” with ADHD(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ADD, and Asperger’s Syndrome to prop up drug sales for the major pharmaceutical corporations and our doctors have become legal drug pushers for them.
So school districts like the Roswell Independent School District ends up with zombied out, lethargic, unmotivated students parented by people who hate their non-stimulating job to the point some of them try to survive on EBT Cards.
This is our segway into the amusing, yet tragic cartoon drawn by Keith Bell of the RDR. As much as I love Keith, I think he is being a smidgen too harsh on King(Superintendent) Tom Burris of the RISD.
Keith’s cartoon suggests that RISD is not utilizing the money from the 3 mil levy in an effective way. The cute caricature also is critical of RISD teachers for not preparing our kiddos for exams, presumably easy, like the fire department work screening test. Fire Chief Graham is shown telephonically notifying the RISD head honcho that around three fourths of fireman aspirants failed entrance exam. Not sure if Keith factored in possibility of test takes not from Roswell, if there were any?
The cold reality is that dumb, unmotivated parents engender similar progeny and the cycle becomes self-perpetuating. Blaming the schools only is not fair even though they do share in the educational crisis our country is experiencing. A complete overhaul including ripping out administrative fat cats who are living on the taxpayer dole would be a start. The recently laid off Sup of the Albuquerque Independent School comes to mind….