Strong Opinions

The Dallas Morning News has a great editorial on how that city should deal with its persistently failing high schools.  This bit in particular got my attention:

Closing and reconstituting any campus can have short-term consequences for its students – but so does allowing failing schools to continue failing. By the time too many students reach high school, they are too far behind the curve, which puts the onus on [Dallas ISD superintendent Hinojosa] and his educators to reach children in the middle school or even elementary grades.

This gets at two of my favorite issues.  One is that you can’t be afraid of dramatic action when failure is the status quo.  Easier said than done – I know – but it’s true.

Two, the editorial acknowledges the pk-8 role in high school failure, which is too often misunderstood or papered over.  Kudos for the News editorial board for hitting both points, which contain considerable nuance!

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