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January 17, 2011

Schooled, Again

Ah yes, another annual report, another mediocre grade for Hawaii's public education system. It really doesn't seem to matter which annual report we see- this one came from Education Week the results are pretty consistent- mediocre results, with perhaps some moderate improvement, or decline. Is anybody listening? In a state so dependent on home grown talent, doesn't it make sense that we should look for ways to improve more often and more rapidly? Isn't being mediocre a sign of defeat that we appear to have accepted as our fate all too often when it comes to education?

And do the public school parents really have the wherewithal to start demanding more from the schools and, perhaps most importantly, from themselves to encourage and participate with their keiki if we are really to turn this thing around in a meaningful way? Yes, we have economic issues and English as a second language barrier, but are we reaching out as a state to find best practices, to bring in fresh ideas from the mainland and abroad?

This issue goes far beyond our shores. The U.S. is falling further behind other countries in the quality of its public school education, the quality of which will affect the future workers it puts out in an ever more competitive work world. Enough with the endless parade of promises of reform, and inching along with grades like C+ and C-. How about some radical thinking from places that have made it work to go along with the local efforts? How about some sincerity to go along with the "we're working on it" fail safe response?  Is an average grade really OK for our future or is it really sad that more isn't being done now? Think about it…

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