In our three weeks off from the blog to organize some new parts of our outreach, Scissors and Glue finally woke up when we saw that NPE had given North Carolina an “F” on its grading criteria for public education in each state. You can find those grades here.
My questions to thinking folks are:
who enabled the situation that gives us an “F?”
That is all.
P.S. As a child growing up, I was aware of the story (the lore, if you will) of my father’s first visit to my mother’s parents’ home. Early in the morning before they departed after a few days visiting, he awoke early and took a paper grocery bag, opened it up (like a good resourceful person) and turned it into a poster. On it, her wrote a report card: The Food: A; the Accomodations: A; The company: A; The daugher: A+. Now, considering my parents called it quits on their marriage after 24 years, I never quite knew what to do with that story after the fact. Suffice to say, I decided there was some sort of power move (innocent, as it were. . . one of trying to connect but not wanting to connect by any lower hand) involved. Indeed we live in the era of everyone grading everyone—-is it that really the only way to fight back when public school legislation has led to a one-time letter grade snapshot to grade our schools? Maybe. What do you think?