Monday, June 10, 2013

A failing school substitutes liberal indoctrination in place of teaching

Commenting on the toy gun buyback program created by Strobridge Principal Charles Hill, ConservativeTeacher writes:
Perhaps Mr. Hill and the gang at Strobridge Elementary should be focusing on academics and not the firearms bugaboo.  After all,  a quick search of the California Department of Education web site shows Strobridge to be a 1/1 school.  The first 1 means that, in terms of academic performance, their school is in the lowest decile of all schools in California.  The second 1 means that if, instead of being compared to all schools in the state, they're only compared to schools with similar demographics, they're still in the bottom decile.
So, is the school failing because it emphasizes trendy liberal claptrap, like toy gun buybacks, instead of actual teaching of three Rs?  Or, is the focus on toy guns merely an attempt to divert parental attention away from the failure to educate?  Or, possibly the two are so intertwined that it is like deciding which came first: the chicken or the egg?

Hat tip: Instapundit.

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