If political leaders will recuse themselves from educational endeavors, public education would soar.
That was one of many messages at last week’s Leaders Breakfast, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, in which Fredericksburg Independent School District personnel outlined challenges and opportunities presented by the current system.
Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright, not yet two years into his FISD tenure, led a talk on public education’s current system and where educators hope improvements will be made.
Since 1980, with the onset of standardized tests, education has become a “one size fits all” endeavor that stresses quantity over quality and college for everyone. Workforce realities and a shortage of skilled workers are forcing a second look at that college track for all mentality.
Teachers today face more demands within the same 180-day school year with a curriculum that is, as Wright said, “a mile wide and an inch deep.”