Not Ready for College LO7095 ("")
Wed, 1 May 1996 06:46:26 +0000

Replying to LO7049 --

On Tue, 30 Apr 1996 19:17 David Wilkinson wrote -

> For me, a key issue is all of the factors in our society is the growing
> numbers of students who come from families and homes with limited incomes.
> The number of low socio-economic students (free & reduced lunch qualifiers)
> is increasing dramatically in urban school districts - not just in the huge
> cities.
> Most of these students start school behind. For society, to what extent are
> willing to invest in education to bring these students to level of others by
> the time they leave school.
> More important, to me, is not the question of whether are schools are failing
> us, but can our democratic society continue to exist with a large, growing
> "underclass." For me, what is happening in education is a symptom, not the
> underlying cause of a shortage of students well-prepared for work.

For me, democracy is a terrible system whose alternatives are all
much, much worse. For me, the school system is a problem, not a
symptom and it scares me more to hear that an educational specialist
such as you is looking for solutions to school problems outside of
schools. In the business world, this means bankruptcy is just around
the corner. Is there anything comparable for schools or do their
employees just keep drawing their salaries no matter the results?

Regards, Joan

Joan Pomo The Finest Tools for Managing People
Simonton Associates Based on the book "How to Unleash the Power of People"


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