SUNDAY STUDY!!! SPECIAL COMMENT: READER INSIGHT AND SUGGESTIONS FOR RETURNING KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO FULL ACCREDITATION!!!
Politicos and KCPS bureaucracy often complain that critics of their efforts don't present their own plan for improving Kansas City Public Schools
Accordingly . . .
CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME TKC READER LIST OF SUGGESTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS THAT OFFERS AN A ROAD TO REGAINING ACCREDITATION FOR THE KCPS!!!
What's great about this system is that it EXPLAINS its motives rather than relying on much of the same empty rhetoric that education officials have touted for years on end. Best of all, this method takes a real world approach. Check it out and feel free to offer your own suggestions for KCPS improvement . . .
THOUGHTS ON KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The reason KCMSD students are performing at a substandard way is the same reason that nearly everything in America is substandard these days. We ask people to work really, really hard so that other people can reap rewards. Kill yourself working hard so that a CEO can get a $10,000,000 bonus. Sacrifice your limbs and life in war so that military contractors can make millions. Neglect your family so that your boss can buy a home on the lake.
What happens if all the kids in KCMSD behave really, really good and get really good test scores? Dr. Green will get a big fat bonus and long contract, the board will get re-elected, the teachers will keep their jobs…and the kids will go right back to their poverty stricken homes and neighborhoods. They are asked to work hard, do the right thing, so that adults (who mostly live far away from them) can pay their mortgages and send their own kids to college.
In a capitalist society, profit motive is the key to success. Tangible rewards are what inspires people to do better. Idealistically, we say “Well, people should do their best out of pride”. But, it doesn’t work that way. If government jobs did not pay, do you think all these guys would run for Senator and Representative? If President Obama had nothing to gain financially from being President, he would be somewhere practicing corporate law.
Want to turn KCMSD around? This is what you do. Considering all the money that KCMSD has wasted on contracts, reforms, paying off superintendents, etc…this would not cost them any more.
1) Get each student a rechargeable Visa Card
2) For each day that a student does the following, add $1.00 - $5.00 to their card.
a. Arrive at school on time and with supplies
b. Go to all classes
c. Complete all assignments
d. Do not get more than 3 demerits from teachers
3) If a student gets suspended, deduct $5.00 for each they are suspended
4) Deduct $1.00 for each demerit (talking back, late, throwing spitballs, etc)
5) Add a bonus of $25 if the student makes honor roll that quarter
6) Add a bonus of $50-$100 if the student scores at Proficient level on the state testing
Within a year, KCMSD would be fully accredited again and discipline problems would drop dramatically. Now, when kids go to the Plaza, they would have money to spend…