Friday, December 7, 2007

Don't Move DISD Goal Posts/Small minds can't hamper a worthy quest

If I remember correctly, more than one DISD Board member questioned the ability to reach the goals that were set for the students in the "Road to Broad" process. Of course the trend line is not positive because the goal post was set beyond the 100yard line.

Surely the Dallas Morning News editorial board understands the concept of setting realistic goals so that the students,teachers, parents and community can buy into to the overall mission of achievement for the students. If the goal post is set too far away, the students soon get tired of trying to score and leave school. That's called a dropout.

It is irresponsible of the Dallas Morning News editorial board to declare that Trustee Dr. Lew Blackburn does not believe that the children of DISD can reach higher goals because he did not agree with Dr. Hinojosa and Dallas Achieves unrealistic goals. There is nothing in his long record of serving as a Trustee of DISD that indicates he does not believe in growth and development of children.

If I had to put my money on the editorial board's or Dr. Lew Blackburn's knowledge and understanding of educating urban children, it would be a hands down choice of Dr. Lew Blackburn.

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