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Ive had some delicious sandwiches at Pressellers over the years. The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U. Quite likely, if you got your information from these sources, your perception of our schools is wrong.
Some of the discussion about performance in our schools is about race. In whispered tones, people will point to the percentage of blacks and Hispanics in their school sys tem, suggesting these nonwhites hide the superior performance of the white students. This is not said loudly at least by those who want to run for ofce, or who hope to keep their job.
Is this a fair perception of Florida schools? Floridas Hispanic students outper formed the national average on the SAT test. The mean score for Florida Hispanic students in critical reading is 29 points higher than the national Hispanic average.
Florida also leads the nation with the highest percentage of Hispanic students graduating of any state. In fact, the Hispanic high school graduation rate in Florida is higher than the white graduation rate. Florida also has the greatest number of College Advanced Placement grades three or higher received by black students, when compared to all other states.
The black graduation rate is ranked seventh in the nation. While white students generally perform better than students of color, these results on the SAT test and the AP tests would suggest that Florida is doing something right.
Race is not a legitimate excuse for a school or a school systems mediocre performance. Common wisdom is that weve poured massive amounts of money into our school systems.
Common wisdom is that because of the chokehold of the teachers union, the amount of money we pay our teachers is absolutely crazy, and weve gotten nothing in exchange for our increased investment.
Is common wisdom correct? It certainly looks like teacher pay is out of control. Our teachers have gotten raises only equivalent to ination over the last 30 years. Did that match your perception? Common wisdom is that we are just throwing money at our school systems, building too much overhead.
Common wisdom says this increased money is not the answer for student achievement.
Is what we perceive to be reality actually a false understanding of the facts? Sounds like a big boost. In other words, our education system in Florida has not had lots of money thrown at it over the last 20 years. The average child, adjusted for ination, has almost exactly the same amount of money spent on him as the prior generation.
There are few subjects more important than teaching our children. There are few subjects with so much misinformation and so many ideas we know to be facts, but are actually wrong. I wish there was one person running for governor, or one political party, who would help to lead an intelligent discussion about our children, their education and our future.
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