This is in response to Bill Hammond’s oped, “Poor education stats demand change.” As an educator for 35 years, I know all too well about the “1 in 5 will graduate from college” statistic.
Hammond says, “If our children are going to be successful in life, the education community is going to have to step up and do better.” But the education community did not bring these children into the world. What Hammond is talking about are cultural and social problems. It stems from a culture of parents that are having children and not taking full responsibility for them.
For the most part, educators are doing the best they can with what they have. But until we reach into the homes of the children that are not being successful in school and make those parents accountable, we will never get to the root of the problem.
Look at the difference in achievement between any Ft. Worth ISD high school and Southlake Carroll High School. You will find a huge disparity in the achievement of the students, but little in the abilities and knowledge of the educators.