InDEPTH with Brad Byrd: Education struggles


BRAD– WELCOME TO INDEPTH: THE SCHOOL BELLS HAVE BEEN RINGING THROUGHOUT THE TRISTATE FOR MORE THAN A MONTH NOW. WITH THAT COMES ANTICIPATION, ANXIETY AND CHALLENGE FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS. TONIGHT I WANTED THE PERSECPTIVE OF A LONGTIME EDUCATOR…WHO’S BEEN INVOLVED WITH STUDENTS AND THEIR MENTORS FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES. JOINING ME IS DR. DAVID SMITH, SUPERENTENDENT OF THE EVANSVILLE VANDERBURGH SCHOOL CORPORATION THE LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN OUR REGION, THIRD LARGEST IN INDIANA. 23 THOUSAND STUDENTS UNDER YOUR UMBRELLA. YOU INTERACT WITH WITH MANY OF THEM, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU GREET THEM ON THAT FIRST DAY. LETS PUT A HUMAN FACE ON THIS. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT WHAT THESE KIDS ARE NOW FACING IN THE WORLD WE LIVE. THE CURRICULUM STUDENTS HAVE BEFORE THEM, THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY HOURS IN THE DAY…ARE BASICS LIKE GRAMMAR, HISTORY AND MATH GETTING THE ATTENTION YOU FEEL THEY SHOULD. THE I-LEARN TEST…THOSE SCORES THAT CAME. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION AND WHAT ARE YOU TELLING PARENTS. PUBLICLY GRADING SCHOOLS, THE STIGMA. THE ARGUMENT HAS BEEN MADE IN TODAY’S EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT THAT TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE CONCENTRATING MORE ON PREPPING FOR STATE MANDATED TESTS THAN LEARNING THAT THEY WILL TAKE WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. WHAT DO YOU THINK. TEACHERS HAVE A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THEM. WHAT ABOUT PARENTS, THEY ARE UNDER PRESSURE TOO. BUT ARE THEY ENGAGED AS THEY WERE WHEN WE WERE GROWING UP.

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