Tonight the Superintendent had an hour on stage all to himself to describe for us what he believes the state of the schools is. He, of course, took no questions from the few dozen citizens who bothered to attend.
In his never-ending “transformation” drumbeat, he continued to claim that our students, as the Times reports, “have to be prepared to deal with questions we can’t even imagine today.”
Like all sales people who are trying to push off on the public a product they know to be substandard, Wardynski’s words sound good until you actually take a minute to think about what he’s saying.
Let me ask you, what exactly is the purpose of education if not to prepare students to deal with questions we can’t even imagine today? He truly does seem to be of the opinion that he is the first person to ever think of this.
Astonishing isn’t it?
And again, like a sales person hawking a lemon, he used statistics from the first nine weeks of school to again push his agenda that computers in the classroom have eliminated every discipline across the district.
In-school suspensions were down 42 percent in the first nine weeks of school, Wardynski said. Out-of-school suspensions were down 49 percent and total suspensions were down 45 percent.
I wonder, does he think that we don’t know that we’re actually in the fourth and final nine weeks of the school year? Hey, Dr. Wardynski, these statistics weren’t believable the first time you were pushing them. There even less believable now.
If you actually care about the state of the schools, here’s a suggestion: quit listening to the superintendent’s snake oil pitch, and try visiting any one of the schools in the district.
Look in the eyes of the teachers, and you’ll know the state of the schools.
Look in the eyes of the support staff, and you’ll know the state of the schools
Look in the eyes of the students, you know the entire reason the schools exist, and you’ll know the state of the schools.
Or if you are just a numbers guy, as the superintendent likes to call himself, try these on for size.
Since September 2012, 191 people have voluntarily left their positions with this district.
That number, by the way, includes the Elementary Teacher of the Year.
And the time when most people make a decision to leave a school system is still in front of us. That number will easily double by the time August rolls around because of one simple fact: everyone who can get out is getting out.
There isn’t a single week when I don’t hear from another teacher who tells me that they’re looking for a job, any job, outside of Huntsville City Schools. And the teachers I’m hearing this from are among the best in the district.
If you want another number: in 2011 the district had an Average Daily Membership (ADM) of 23,155.80.
In 2012 that number fell to 23,140.35 despite a growing population. That’s a loss of a mere 15.45 ADM.
In 2013, however, that number fell to 22,811.10.
That’s a loss of 344.7 students since Wardynski started.
Anyone care to look at the enrollment figures of the private schools in this town?
Notice a trend? Heck, even the one school board member with school aged children has his kids in a private setting.
Wardynski flight, indeed.
The state of our schools is frightening, but no one at the Wardynski love fest talked about that.