Help Bring Literacy Into Baltimore’s Homes

The process will take place in three phases. Phase one will identify short and long-term priorities, which involve data collection, planning and the first community meeting held on September 29. Phase two is for participants to propose solutions at the second community meeting and get feedback. Phase three is when the final plan will be presented at the third community meeting scheduled for January 2012.

Until the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) took effect, little public attention was focused on accountability for what can be managed in our school system. And that is the quality of our teachers, our curriculum, our professional development programs, our teaching training programs and our student achievement levels.

Some will say education change can’t be done. When Neil Armstrong took the first step for man onto the moon, he could not have done so without the united team of innovative professionals who made the space voyage possible. It is the same for the giant leap for mankind which we need to make in education for future American generations. We need a team of innovative leaders with tunnel vision to block out the pessimists.

It isn’t as simple as where kids grow up. It’s a matter of family resources. Financial resources matter, obviously. Books, bug terrariums, guitars, and music lessons all cost money. But it’s also a matter of human and intellectual resources.

People living in poverty account for 46% of those with IQ scores below 90, but only 5% of those with IQ scores above 110. This begs the question of causality: does poverty cause low IQ, or does low IQ cause poverty? I’d wager the answer is “yes.” It’s both, with each exacerbating the effect of the other. This synergism spirals downward with each passing generation.

Romer, nearing 80, is running a non-stop road show trying to make education a top issue in the 2008 election. He heads a well-funded, blue ribbon group named Great American Schools that tells anyone who will listen that our schools are failing and we’re falling behind the rest of the world.

The poll, conducted by the education reform group Stand for Children, of 600 Hoosiers shows that 83% of voters believe layoff decisions should be based on teacher effectiveness and student achievement and not seniority. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4%. Here are some other findings.

Sure, attempting new methods of education will always carry a critic or two on its coat tail. But let me ask you; would you rather be part of a minority group who is on the right track, or a majority group on the wrong track?