Ding Dong The Witch is Dead, . ” A School Story”


My take on the Registers ditorial summary of our superintendent who is leaving and taking her carpetbag with her and where the editorial could have added some information.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120407/OPINION03/304070022/Replacing-Sebring-is-a-time-for-change

I agree with most of your assessments in the April 7 editorials, about the “reign” of Dr. Sebring as the superintendent of the Des Moines Schools , with a few exceptions. You for example praise her for raising student test scores. This is akin to saying a new managing-editor at the DM Register improved reporters handwriting, grammar and typing skills. And when we talk about test scores, exactly whose scores did she raise? Did she raise all of the student’s scores across the district or just those in the bottom half? Finally why is it that when test scores go up we praise the superintendent and when they go down we blame the teachers? Is this the same logic that finds us spending all of our educational capital on the less able students and then bemoaning the fact that our SAT/ACT scores are falling?

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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One Response to Ding Dong The Witch is Dead, . ” A School Story”

  1. thelastgasp1 says:

    Well Said! This is true across the country….

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