Blunt, honest talk helps one district drive toward success

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 13, 2012 - 10:52 AM
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bluedevil101Mar. 11, 12 7:38 PM

In many schools that close the achievement gap, they need to trade out the administrators and a % of the teachers to get a fresh start. In Minnesota with its high percentage of rural schools that is not possible. So, school change must come from within. To make it work, the adults have to be flexible and willing to learn more about high quality teaching. I would bet that's a challenge in educationally conservative Minnesota.

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adamske20Mar. 11, 12 7:57 PM

Not stated here is that in Montgomery County boundaries are drawn such that a kid can only attend a school located nearby where he/she lives, and the best schools are in extremely expensive areas (e.g., Bethesda). A kid who lives in a less affluent area within Montgomery County is locked out of Bethesda High School. The area is politically very "liberal", but this is how wealthy liberals impose their version of racism. I credit the school district for doing everything they can to give poorer kids a chance, but it's not a level playing field.

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ddellwoMar. 11, 12 9:59 PM

As with most issues related to race in America, this article is rife with a slew of code-words that are almost indecipherable. Why doesn't anyone have the guts to come out and say that minority parents have failed their children in driving home the importance of staying in school and getting good grades as a key determiner of success in the country?

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jbpaperMar. 11, 1211:57 PM

""Until we have the honest conversations that we need to have how race and ethnicity affects our lives, we can't make progress," said program coordinator John Ledesma." ---- Here they would just rather make up excuses.

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furguson11Mar. 12, 12 6:23 AM

If they can do it in Montgomery County, why not Minneapolis and St. Paul? Enough excuses already.

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minneg56Mar. 12, 12 7:09 AM

Honestly! I have always lived in the city. Have known many ethinicities. One constant for success - I don't care what color nor ethnic group. Except for the 'natural genius' who would succeeed in any circumstance, achievers typically come with a strong family and parent support systems. If we want success across the board its parenting, parenting, parenting. There is no substitute.

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NeilNeidtMar. 12, 12 7:38 AM

Minnesota's rural schools still achieve at extremely high rates nationally. Reasons for success come from quality parenting, early reading intervention and a community of caring adults and teachers. Let's be realistic, if there is not a support system at home to encourage students to achieve and thrive, the student is at a great disadvantage. Parents, please read to your children and model the life style of a life long learner!

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alaskanredMar. 12, 12 7:56 AM

"As with most issues related to race in America, this article is rife with a slew of code-words that are almost indecipherable. Why doesn't anyone have the guts to come out and say that minority parents have failed their children in driving home the importance of staying in school and getting good grades as a key determiner of success in the country?" ddellwo Mar. 11, 12 9:59 PM******* You are correct, but those bad parents didn't just pop up out of no where. They come from parents that didn't value education for whatever reasons and their parent's parents were the same. It is a cycle that has been ignored because of the history of race in this country.

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TeddyWelshMar. 12, 12 8:05 AM

In my opinion using data to create and drive an individual plan for each student with input from the parent/guardian would be ideal. Start when they are in preschool, adapt the plan as they go through the grades, have clearly defined goals and incentives. This article points out the single black female who reached Harvard but success is measured not just in college graduates but in terms of capable young self-supporting young adults who are in trades, the military, and are traditional college graduates. I would like to see the current school systems use markers of that nature when reporting their success rates. We need to route our children to areas where they as individuals can be successful.

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JohnWFAMar. 12, 12 8:36 AM

Our nation is in real trouble when a headline of "Blunt honest talk" has become newsworthy. Whatever happened to simple truth?

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