A wakeup call for Minnesota's schools

  • Article by: KATHY SALTZMAN
  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 8:49 PM

Let's work together to find a solution.

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LakeliverDec. 11, 1211:00 PM

It might also help to empower teachers for a change. That's what happens in the best systems in the world such as Finland, Singapore, and South Korea, but we can't seem to get to that logical step with the exception of a few of the very best charter schools, and believe me not all charter schools are so very good.

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jdlellis1Dec. 11, 1211:16 PM

Two Quick Solutions: 1 - Year round schools (e.g., 9 weeks on/3 weeks off. There is no reason, including the resort interests, to continue a calendar based upon a agrarian society of which we are not. 2 - Hold parents (in plural accountable for the success of their chilld's academic performance.

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elind56Dec. 12, 12 7:04 AM

A wakeup call for Minnesota's schools? How many times have we heard this? As long as our children are going to government schools, their education experience will have nothing to do with what constitutes a good education and everything to do with the politics of the matter. Privatize with vouchers.

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jackpinesavDec. 12, 12 9:09 AM

All about leadership. Remember the "Rassler" we had for guv? Had his own child in special ed in his home district for 12 years, got into macho conflict with school supt and used his bloody pulpit to defeat local school referendum. Then tim, the eternal candidate, coming from excellent school district of SSP , gutted state funding of schools following his party manta. Did keep his hockey breezers, however. Real leaders, huh? Time for Minnesota to commit to investing in our future workforce.

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BloomingtonChrisDec. 12, 12 9:57 AM

StudentsFirst is bipartisan now? According to Salon.com, StudentsFirst made campaigns contributions to 105 candidates around the country this year, and 90 of them were Republicans – many of them part of the Tea Party. The Joel Klein quoted in the commentary is the same Joel Klein who is leading Rupert Murdoch’s push into the education business. Although the article makes good points about the need to improve graduation rates, Reuters has reported that StudentsFirst has been hugely divisive wherever it has set up shop.

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afgehringDec. 12, 1210:43 AM

"We may be educating some of our students at high levels, but this data shows that we're not doing that with all of them." But should we? Playing devil's advocate here (really!), but maybe it's something that needs to be put on the table. Is it time to recognize most students don't really need to learn much past basic reading, writing and math skills, and let them go. I'm curious to hear what the rationals are.

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clnorthDec. 12, 1212:36 PM

"Time for Minnesota to commit to investing in our future workforce." Take a look at the state and local budgets. If you don't think we are committed to education, there will never be enough.

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davehougDec. 12, 12 1:01 PM

I have never heard HOW to close the achievement gap beyond plain good teaching & schools. HOW does a minority student learn any differently than a white?????? Do black teachers have better results for black students compared to white teachers of the same subject in the same school?????

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bouchevilleDec. 12, 12 6:16 PM

That's funny Minnesota is in the top 10 for graduation rates from 190 to 2012 according to United Health Foundation's ranking. We are at 87.4 % in that time. This women has an agenda and is not an educator.

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rlwr51Dec. 12, 1210:53 PM

re: achievement gap - The achievement gap directly mirrors the attendance gap.

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