Tuesday, January 16, 2007

MLK on Critical Thinking; SF Small Schools, Big Challenges

Here's a fitting quote from Mike Klonsky's Small Talk - for MLK Day which cuts against the grain of NCLB and our high stakes testing driven system of education -
"The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals." --
Martin Luther King, The Purpose of Education, Morehouse College,

Parents, Teachers, Community Demand Stronger SF Small Schools Policy -
As the San Francisco School Board goes into a public hearing tonight at 6pm to discuss strengthening our small schools policy the Chicago-based small schools workshop provides great guidance from their recent summit in Miami on some key issues we are grappling with:
1. how to develop stronger autonomies for small schools with a meaningful system of accountability [see BAYCES Steve Jubb's view] and
2. finding common ground with our teacher's union United Educators of San Francisco and other labor groups.
Our small schools task force tonight will be presenting their findings and recommendations to the board's meeting at 555 Franklin Street [at McAllister], Board Meeting Room, San Francisco.

The new Board President Mark Sanchez has also outlined a number of other issues we are hearing tonight as well, including:

Approval of a Public Education Enrichment Fund Spending Plan for School Year
2007-2008 ;
Parcel Tax Initiative; and
Changes to Starting Time of
Regular Sessions of the Board.

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