Dr. Mitch McGhee briefly discussed the negative perception of education nationally at last week’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting.
McGhee referenced an article written by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) concerning the public’s “love-hate relationship with schools.” McGhee said the piece revealed that when polled, people rank schools as “poor” nationally but speak favorably about their school district locally.
“It was over 70 percent that ranked them as great or good,” he said. “I think you find that across the board.”
McGhee said “media propaganda” often tarnishes schools’ images in the public, a stigma which he says many lawmakers perpetuate.
“A lot of politicians like to use it as a political football when they’re trying to garner votes,” McGhee said.
But when it comes to the school systems that their children attend, McGhee said that most are satisfied, according to the report.
“I know y’all are going to get beat-up a lot in the news,” McGhee said to the board members. “Educators and school board members do. That’s kind of a hazard of the job.”
McGhee said it’s nice to have some of the “good news.”
“Really, it’s not quite as bad as the media and the politicians tend it claim it is,” McGhee said. “We’re certainly not perfect. There’s a lot of areas we still need to improve. But we’re certainly not as bad as a lot of folks want us to believe we are.”
12/22/08 at 02:38 PM
This is one more guy trying to cover up how poor the school system is doing. I movied to Madison County after being in the military for 10 years. I chose not to send my children to school here. I have found more people in this area send there kids to schools out of this county. Now we have a public school official telling us schools are not as bad as they seem yea (is he trying to save his job) right. I have lived in many countries and my kids have gone to school in many states the only thing I have found to work best is to seperate boys and girls for the 3 R's. Make uniforms manditory and not ones that parents have to buy then you still have kids in walmart clothes and kids in name brand clothes. This makes poorer children feel like they have to compete. What Americans need to learn is Boys and Girls are different and they learn different. I'm not saying they shouldn't have some classes together but, the key classes should be apart so boys don't have to compete with getting that special girls attention. It works in Germany, Korea, England, and France why not here. Ohh thats right it might affend one person so we as Americans must bow down to the few who oppose.
I totally agree with the manditory uniform policy. My child wears a uniform each day, goes to school out of the county and loves every minute of it. We have no fights about who is wearing what, etc.
The educational system as a whole has a problem standing up to the few that oppose. Children's educational environment has a huge part of who they become as adults. Unfortunately, Madison County's school system may not be what it used to be and you better believe I want a say to whom is influencing my children each day in school.