Schools: Motives and Motivation

In response to the news this past weekend (you can also read the article here) and an article I came across earlier today, I’ve written a short piece on my approach to a good education at my journal. Interestingly, it seems like a few people have joined in on the discussion and pointed out the things I see that are sort of political. I, myself, will not get into politics or avoid it as much as possible, because a) it gives me a headache, b) I’m a peacemaker, and c) I just don’t like politics as much although we live with it everyday. But other than that, I’m a good citizen and when I see a problem, I try to fix it.

Anyway, it is very disappointing to see kids not getting the education that they deserve. And I can definitely understand why the HISD (Houston Independent School District) Board officials want to close down three low-performing schools: Kashmere High, Sam Houston High, and McReynolds Middle Schools. On the other hand, I understand why it caused enough angry ripples to know that kids will have to relocate to a different school and/or dropout, because of these closures. It’s upsetting to assume that maybe the education system has given up on these kids and they decide to close these schools under the condition that they (the schools) can somehow redeem themselves academically. On the other hand, it’s frustrating to see how efforts to make these schools better are not working for numerous of reasons and factors involved.

But if you read a bit of my journal entry, I went through these sort of schools that are similar to these low-performing schools as mentioned in the article. We live in a society built from education, and we just can’t give up that easily despite how much our efforts are thwarted. I just really hope that there are long-lasting, effective ways to save these schools and to work with the kids socially, mentally, physically, academically, and so on. The last thing we want to hear from our kids is that they’ve decided to join in a bad crowd, quit school for the rest of their lives because it isn’t “worth it,” and/or do hundreds of other things that they will regret later on.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on my entry at Livejournal or any of the articles. Here’s support to the three schools. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the United Negro College Fund’s famous slogan: “[The] mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

2 Comments so far

  1. Javits (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 1:21 am

    Its saddening to see/hear about such changes and shut down, is a big city like Houston, that too in a developed country like the US.

    Will read your other posts.

  2. Luciana (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    Education is one of the most important things from our lives. If we do not have part of it than I can say that, we have lived for nothing. There is no excuse for closing down three law schools in one of the largest cities of America.

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