Grier suggests longer school day, year (HPE)

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Okay, the High Point Enterprise is reporting that Terry Grier wants to see how he can lengthen the school day and school year.

Seriously.

In a meeting with Board members on academic goals for this year, Grier made the suggestion, subtly.

See this excerpt:

During an afternoon briefing on Tuesday, Grier touted lengthening school hours as well as expanding the traditional school cal­endar beyond 180 days – the district currently has two extended-year schools – to give strug­gling students more time for instruction.
The school chief pre­sented the concept to the Guilford County Board of Education during a meeting on academic goals for the 2007-08 school year.
Board member Darlene Garrett asked how much it would cost for the school day expansion. School officials estimate between $250,000 to $500,000 per school.
“An even bigger question is what’s it costing us not to do that,” Grier re­sponded.
“What’s it costing us not to educate all of our children well?”

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Board member Deena Hayes says the district’s academic goals have to take things like equity, race and histo­ry into consideration. She believes the curriculum is biased against minority students and that a number of teachers believe such students are “incapable” and “less than.”
“(The district) can’t do more if (edu­cators) don’t understand how they think about kids,” she said.

What??? I’d like to see proof of these claims of biases…not to mention, she makes a broad-yet-dangerous assumption that many teachers think minority students are incapable. Does she have hard numbers to prove this claim? I’m not saying there are not bad apples out there, but when you, Deena, make a broad and dangerous assumption like this, you albeit disrespect every teacher who takes the profession seriously. How dare you.

Want to know why I’m running for school board? To bring sensibility back to the Peoples Republic of Guilford County.

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UPDATE: 11/1/07, 1:28PM:

Link to similar N&R story here.

Link to coverage from Piedmont Publius’ Sam Hieb here.

Link to coverage from Terry Stoops from the John Locke Foundation here (thanks for the nice plug, Terry) 

E.C. 🙂

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5 Responses

  1. I teach in a low income elementary school in Guilford Co. I arrive each morning at or before 7:00 AM. Because of meetings, paperwork, grading, and conferences, etc. I don’t get home until 5:30 or 6:00. How does Dr. Grier expect Guilford Co. teachers to have a life??? Did I mention that I have a 6 month old child??? Any extra money earned for a longer school day for go for day care.

  2. Remember, this man is a saint and he just got a raise.

    Thank you for your service to our children, Mikey. And, according to Deena, do you think the curriculum is biased and do you think your students are “incapable” and “less than…” according to Deena?

  3. No, I don’t think the curriculum is biased- this school district is way too PC for that!

    BTW- my school is a mix of Hispanic, African-American, and Caucasian. Most of our trouble is with the poor, uneducated white population so it’s not necessarily a racial issue.

  4. Thanks for the Halloween picture EC. That always makes me chuckle.

    About the longer school day–seriously, will one hour help? There are kids who just simply don’t give a rip about school, and adding one more hour isn’t going to change that! I think a QUALITY education has nothing to do with QUANTITY. I firmly beleive that if you focused on the basic R’s, you could actually shorten the day. NO Grier, another hour is NOT going to do it. Our kids are already coming home at dinner time! Our elementary kids are already getting up at the crack of dawn–before their older counterparts in middle and High school!–they cannot stay awake much longer!! Let me guess, there’s some grant out there that requires adding an instructional hour and Grier wants to apply for it!

  5. E.C. & Mikey – I agree. Ignorance is not limited to socio-economic standing or race. It’s based on desire for the betterment of the individual soul. – P.A.

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