Bob Ellis's American Carrion reprints the report that South Dakota's K-12 teachers continue to do better than the national average when it comes to preparing their students to succeed at college, as evidenced by their students' above-average ACT scores. Two quick points:
- South Dakota's consistent better-than-average performance tells us we should not gamble our outstanding K-12 system on ideological reforms with no evidence that they will help students learn better, like the merit pay, state-mandated teacher evaluations, and elimination of continuing contract due process rights that Referred Law 16 will wreak on our schools. Time to start chanting, kids: Nix 16!
- The article quotes our Secretary of Education Melody Schopp, the poor woman saddled with the task of making Referred Law 16 sound like a good idea, as saying there's always room for improvement. She says implementation of Common Core State Standards, "should help boost student learning overall" (article's words, not Schopp's). But hmmm... if South Dakota is doing something better than the national average, how will starting to do things like the rest of the nation improve our scores?
Sibby, the floor is yours... but only if you agree not to say "New Age," "Masons," or "sex worship." ;-)