Town Square

Post a New Topic

High school board examines 'achievement gap'

Original post made on Mar 19, 2012

The persistent academic achievement gap among the schools and students in the Sequoia Union High School District is the topic for a three-hour conceptual discussion set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the district's office at 480 James St. in Redwood City.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:03 AM

Comments (2)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by johngslater
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Its easy to close an achievement gap: divert resources from students do better. Basically, your investment strategy is to get the lowest ROI.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Clarification
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I want to make sure I understand what Mr.Slater is saying because there is a word or two missing. If the comment is that by "diverting" resources from the higher performing students to the ones who need more help the school district will be getting a lower return on investment -- in other words, wasting money -- then he couldn't be more wrong. Over 80% of the prison population has learning disabilities. So, would you rather pay now to educate those kids who need help, or let them sink and then pay many multiples more for their eventual incarceration or government assistance? I'll tell you the best ROI -- make sure our education tax dollars are being used to give all kids a fighting chance. That doesn't take anything away from the high-performing kids -- believe me, they will do just fine and as a matter of fact they will benefit from being part of a diverse learning community that mirrors the real world. By making the playing field even we ensure that as a society all our citizens are capable of being productive and making a valuable contribution. We can all learn from each other -- it's not only Rhodes Scholars who make a difference in the world.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

WUE makes out-of-state tuition more affordable
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 2 comments | 2,534 views

Local picks on 2015 Michelin Bib Gourmand list
By Elena Kadvany | 1 comment | 2,185 views

Ode to Brussels Sprout
By Laura Stec | 13 comments | 2,124 views

Charter School Proposal Steeped In Unintended Consequences
By Erin Glanville | 33 comments | 1,315 views

Measure M-- I am not drinking Greenheartís expensive potion
By Martin Lamarque | 3 comments | 112 views