Taking ownership of what schools don't do well enough
To the Editor:
I was at a joint meeting of University Heights City Council and the CH-UH school board on Sept. 14. Superintendent Dixon said at the meeting (paraphrased):
- Our district's administration owns up to the reality that too many of our students are not achieving to a level essential for their future life success.
- Teaching for mastery in each subject is the way for us to change that, no matter what state tests look like.
I have seen no school leader openly state this strategic awareness in my 30-plus years of watching our district. I can only take my hat off to such clarity.
Even with that top-level view, Dr. Dixon knows that every moment of activity in the classroom is where the rubber meets the road. It will not be easy to accomplish mastery.
I wish the elected school board had this same level of open frankness and self-evaluation (clarity) around the facilities project. They are where that buck has stopped for this project.
A retired Heights High teacher introduced an out-of-the-box idea that could help implement high standards starting in kindergarten, if we have the courage and the will. You can follow a Facebook conversation on this at: www.facebook.com/allen.wilkinson.90/posts/537073273170229?comment_id=537495916461298¬if_t=feed_comment¬if_id=1474918924074828.