Published: Tuesday, Jan. 8 2008 12:00 a.m. MST
What about expanding the school days Mon - Thursday, or have only electives on
Don't even think about it. These rules are the same for everyone. Don't bend
the rules for somebody just because they are Indian. If they get Friday's off I
want it too.
I will bet that there will be some short term improvement while they have the
spotlight on them but after a year or so it will be business as usual for the
community, which means that it will be money down the drain. Why not have them
show they are serious about change first and then if they change in a sustaining
manner build them the new school? Why are they rewarding poor performance and
bad parenting? And what is this demand for sensitivity training? If the teachers
have to go to that then the parents should be required to go to parenting
classes. Let's be fair.
Esteemed Wasted Money,if it is fairness you are after, how about we
accommodate all U.S. inhabitants equally?! Last I checked the system works for
families in dominant categories (i.e. White) because it accommodates us. I see
my history represented in textbooks(All white men), I see someone who looks like
me in the media, I see someone who looks like me in every level of
involvement... why? Because the system was constructed on White ideals.What would be fair is that we acknowledge American Indian communities as what
they are, U.S. inhabitants with every right to be considered. What would be
fair is if we kept the promises we have repreadedly made to those communities
I think you have watched Dances With Wolves a little too much. What do history
books have to do with being a responsible parent? Good parenting is good
parenting in any culture. Maybe we should stop giving people a pass for being
bad parents just because of their culture. That to me is being racist. I see
very little in history books that has to do with my culture. I think you are
assuming a lot if you think Wasted Money is white. I don't see him/her claiming
Sonia says we should keep promises made to American Indian communities. Does
that mean that Native American communities should keep their promises to educate
their students? I think everyone should stop waiting for other people to keep
their promises, get to work, and better themselves. If I waited on my wife to
fix me breakfast before I went to work I wouldn't have a job very long. Whatever
happened to being self sufficient?
A four day school week could be an excellent solution. Many rural districts
used to do that. Fridays were then available for long bus rides to sporting
events without taking time from classes. It also provided a day when other
extra-curricular activites or special tutoring times could take place.It worked great -- then some pea-brained legislator decided that 990 hours of
schooling by itself wasn't sufficient, it HAD to be 180 days and not one less.
Now kids are missing classes all over the place in order to participate in
sports.The legislature should let communities decide what
educational structure works best for them. If the school community wants to try
a 4 day week, more power to them.
These problems for school children are not so different than the students in our
district. After many years of working in our school district, and thinking about
solutions I have come up with this.The problem is not the teachers.
Teachers work very hard to give our children a quality education. It's not the
parents. Many parents are responsible, want the best for their children, and try
to help. The problem is all of us together have failed to convince our children
that learning is necessary. It starts at the cradle and continues all through
life. The solution: Everybody care. Talk to children. Clerks, other teachers,
grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunties, and so on. Listen. Encourage their
curiosity. Learning new things is not always fun. Sometimes it's difficult but
once you learn it, wow!! Four day weeks are not the solution. Legislate
until you are blue in the face. Teachers and parents can communicate. School
boards can talk about change. Until our children are convinced that 'learning is
cool', they won't be 'doing great at school'.
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