Bright & Early: Summertime Rolls Edition

May 21, 2009 9:00 AM 6 comments

Good morning, Nashville. Today is the last day of school for Metro students, and although we’re not sure we’re ready for them to be running loose and stealing our lawn ornaments all summer, we can certainly remember the importance of this sacred day for the kiddos. And hey, a few less buses and 15 mph school zones messing up our commutes sounds great to us. So school’s out, the college kids have peaced out for a few months, and now we enter this thing we call Summer In Nashville. We’re feeling good.

Photo by alexa sullivant.

  • http://www.jeremyhoward.com jermscentral

    I'll preface this by saying I'm not a teacher, but the shake-ups at the Metro schools — I wouldn't blame that on the teachers. There's a huuuuuuuuuge parental element involved in keeping children interested in education and learning. These schools are already in areas of town that are lower-income and moderately high-crime/gang activity, so the parents need to be educating their children along with the school. I don't see why the teachers are always blamed for this.

  • Justin

    My wife did a little bit of substitute teaching in some of those schools. Everyday that she went in, the children (even first-graders) looked at her with eyes full of anger, resent, and hatred. It is hard to blame them. I'm afraid these problems are more complex than I could ever hope to understand or solve, but I agree with Jeremy: new teachers will not solve the problems in these schools, because the problems are not in the schools. Good teachers can certainly help children become better students, but NCLB makes a mental short-circuit in presuming that bad students are the direct result of bad teachers.

    On another note, I was about to actually praise Eric Crafton for insisting we think about how we will afford the things we want to buy, like convention centers. Well, Mr. Crafton, I think we've found part of the answer.

  • http://nashvillest.com Christy Frink

    Absolutely. Across the board, problems like these are systemic and rooted in a million different causes. And although I'd love to see Metro Schools placing a bigger priority on parental involvement, I guess teachers and personnel are one thing that they can more easily/quickly change up in an effort to make a difference. Having observed a bit at Stratford, it seems like some of the teachers are more burnt out and apathetic than the kids, which probably has quite a bit to do with the chaotic situation. Seems like getting some fresh and motivated faces in there can't hurt. But it also can't replace a stable home situation and parental involvement.

  • http://nashvillest.com Christy Frink

    Totally agree. Check out my reply to Jeremy above.

    And yes! I've been really surprised by all the rational ideas that seem to be coming out of Crafton lately, and this sort of blows it. I guess we now know why he seems to be so opposed to raising property taxes?

  • http://www.thomasaka.com Thomas

    Awesome, I'm about to start working on Edison. But don't worry, I'm not capable of doing anything that would cost (or save) us millions of dollars :)

  • http://www.thomasaka.com Thomas

    Awesome, I'm about to start working on Edison. But don't worry, I'm not capable of doing anything that would cost (or save) us millions of dollars :)