What should public education be?
Well, as we wind down the final days of summer (that was ridiculously short, no?) let’s move to a high level discussion about education and education in Chicago, before we get back to the nitty gritty of discussing the application process again.
What do YOU think is/should be the role of the U.S. education system and specifically the system in Chicago, where we have a large population of lower-income students to educate, a sizable population of English Language Learners, diminishing budgets (much like the rest of the country,) and a very large school system overall. These all pose challenges beyond those of many other U.S. school districts.
Some people would suggest that providing a wealth of social services in combination with education is perhaps the best way to make a difference in the life of many of the kids in CPS.
Others may feel that the role of the school is simply to provide a basic (and hopefully enjoyable and inspired) education. The school lays out a decent curriculum and it’s there for the taking. Families may need to put in a little effort to get the most out of it, but it’s there for those who want to make the most of it.
Does the city owe us the best possible services for all students? Gifted, special needs, ELLs, kids with behavioral problems, kids working at a level far above or below grade level? Is it CPS’ role to try to help integrate our city? To provide bus service? To provide “options” (ie charters.) To pay enough to have the best teachers possible?
I see us (the collective “us”) asking for a lot. What is “fair” for us to demand out of CPS?
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