(Fall is for goals; winter and spring are for threatening to cut Latin and Greek if we don't override the tax cap.)
Thus far, he is in charge of framing the discussion, and since the board no longer allows comments at the beginning of meetings, he may remain in charge. We will see.
Irvington parents aren't meek. A couple of weeks ago, the super attempted to push through, with just two days' community notice and on a consensus vote, two "speech policies," the purpose of which was to sharply curtail (if not eliminate altogether) student First Amendment rights. That effort was crushed by a hardy group of parents and high school kids who shredded both the policies and the impetus behind them. It was a debacle and, judging by the look on the super's face the night everyone turned out, it may have been the first real parent uprising of his career.
In any event, the district is now the recipient of two letters from Adam Goldstein, the second of which a high school student read out loud during the board meeting. He did a fabulous job. Very witty.
But back to the goals of fall. The superintendent believes we should ask "challenging questions" (challenging questions constructed by him, not us). Last year the challenging question was: What does success look like?
A close reading of the above slide reveals a pattern in the use of evaluative adjectives:
Without the adjectives, we have:
Or, alternatively, adding evaluative adjectives to the first option, we get:
So that was last year's challenging question.
This year's challenging question for parents and taxpayers to ponder is:
- [Should our district goal be admission to] Ivy League vs. schools with top programs for the areas our students are interested in[?]
That's what we want!
We shouldn't obsess over Ivy League schools!
Fine, I won't, but I know brainy kids with very high SAT scores who are not getting into Big-10 schools. That's a problem.
The super also reports that the district has put 'technology' on the back burner (wrong), so now technology is going to be on the front burner. I bet if we play our cards right, we can be the first kids on the block to invest in Smart Tables! (The sturdy pedestal prevents tipping by even the most enthusiastic learners....)
The board asked him if he could come up with a couple of "deliverables." Last year's goals, they said, were too broad; this year they'd like a deliverable. Or two.
That is a fabulous word, deliverable. I wish I'd thought of it.