Posts Tagged ‘APS School Board’

APS Recruitment Policy

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

I think one of the major shortcomings of the education system overall is that it has not adapted to the skills needed to be successful in the information age. Most classrooms spend a lot of time in the indoctrination of information.  The model is that someone (i.e. the teacher) presents information, and the student “learns” this information and demonstrates their “knowledge” by spitting it back. While that may work for the basic fundamentals, once you get past those fundamentals it really serves very little purpose.

More important than the ability to regurgitate “facts” is the ability to critically analyze the information that is presented to you. We’ve all heard the axiom that there are two sides to every story. In fact the comments left on this blog over the years by those that disagree with me on given policy positions is a good example of that.  Personal attacks aside, most of the for and against arguments on a given issue have some merit.

So, what does this have to do with the new APS Recruitment Policy? Well, the debate over the recruitment policy demonstrates the shortcoming of an education by indoctrination:

The presence of recruiters also must be logged, to determine whether they are spending more time at certain schools than others. The logs will also track groups that requested access to schools and were denied.

One central complaint of peace activists remains unchanged. Several anti-war groups have requested access to campuses to provide counter-information to military recruitment and say they have been denied. They would still not be allowed on campus under the new policy, which would allow only groups that actively recruit for a job or service program, not those that simply advocate a point of view.

If critical thinking and the ability to make well-rounded decisions were taught, then the peace-activists complaints would truly be moot. Students would take the information given by recruiters (military, business or community groups) and then do some of their own research to determine if what was “being sold” was in their own best interest.  But, of course, in the age of the ever-growing nanny government, the assumption is that the citizenry is really not capable of thinking for themselves.

Worse, the newly adopted policy demonstrates the classic government bureaucratic solution in all its glory. Let’s create logs and task someone with administering and analyzing those logs. Yeah, in a time of growing budget shortfalls, that’s going to add value to the education of our children.

Wondering What’s Wrong with APS?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

This is truly amazing to me, 8 School Board Candidates Don’t File Financial Disclosures (subscription):

Three of 11 Albuquerque school board candidates filed voluntary financial disclosure forms by the 4 p.m. deadline Monday, with others saying they had forgotten or were busy.

That’s right. One candidate, Carolyne DeVore-Parks, running in District 5 actually had the gall to say that she didn’t do it because “she had been busy.” We’re really getting the cream of the crop here.

Shorten Winter and Extend Summer

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

The Albuquerque Journal (subscription) has a follow up article today on the proposed upcoming APS academic calendar. APS wants to shorten the summer and increase the winter break. Personally, my family would prefer that it be the other way around. A three week winter break is too long.

There was one rationale behind starting earlier in the summer that just struck me as absurd:

Officials said another reason for the early start is that the APS payroll department has set the first pay period from July 30 to Aug. 10. Teachers must work at least three days during that time, or they don’t get a paycheck.

I can’t believe an official put this out as a reason to change the calendar. Tens of thousands of families lives being altered to because of some bureaucratic nonsense. Tell me this system isn’t broken.

Speaking if which, you mighr want to attend tonight’s APS Board candidates forum.

The Bloggers Are Coming

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

It looks like there is a public forum coming up on January 24th for those who would like to be elected to the APS School Board. And guess what? Two of the candidates are bloggers:

Candidates for the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education will participate in a public forum on Jan. 24.

The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters and will give members of the public an opportunity to hear the opinions and views of the candidates.

There are three candidates, Cecilia C De Baca, Dolores Griego and Richard Sanchez, who want to represent District I, the district that encompasses the South Valley of Albuquerque.

In District 2, on Albuquerque’s west side, the candidates are Cynthia Jones and incumbent Robert Lucero.

The five candidates from District 4, the Downtown and University area of Albuquerque, are Vanessa Alarid, John Edward, Martin Esquivel, Charles MacQuigg and Pauline Nunez.

The forum will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the APS administrative building located at 6400 Uptown Boulevard NE.

Now that should make for an interesting night.