Rev. Markel Hutchins on “Get Schooled” blog of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 15, 2015, and my response to his comments:
Rev. Hutchins: “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. suggested, ‘crimes will be committed when there is darkness but the responsible parties aren’t just those who committed the crimes but also those who created the darkness.’ ”
Mary Elizabeth: “Are you listening business leaders with your unrealistic educational goals that you have inflicted upon students and teachers, not understanding that human beings are not cars which can have a 5% production increase yearly for years on end?
You business leaders and you legislators and other politicians who are trying to turn public, not-for-profit schools into market-centered places of learning, in competition with one another often for stealthy profit motivations, must acknowledge your guilt in this darkness that has enveloped public education, to Thomas Jefferson’s horror.”
My thoughts: An educational model, not a business model, should ALWAYS exist in public schools. Children are not cars which can be upped on the assembly line increase of output by 5% every year, for all children and all teachers. That is educational insanity from the top down. And, by top, I mean Atlanta’s business leaders who put this pressure for PR marketing on the Atlanta Public Schools.
From Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist, Jay Bookman’s blog post this morning, April 9, 2015: Link:
Jay Bookman: “But speaking generally, prison terms for those convicted in the cheating scandal ought to be measured in months, not in years, and perhaps in the case of low-level teachers, to time served and probation.”