Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel tackled the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal and let's just say there were definitely fireworks.
The panel included Dr. Steve Perry, who appears to be the go to person when it comes to talking about school reform, as well as other prominent guests.
Now I will admit I'm not a super fan of Perry's. I disagree with him on many issues as it relates to school reform. I think everyone agrees that children need to be assessed (yes, I want to know if a third grader can read on a third grade level), but it is the manner of the assessment that is the problem.
The way we are assessing kids has a created a system that is conducive to cheating. I agree that what happened in Atlanta is an ethics issue, but that doesn't negate the fact that the entire public school system (parents, teachers, administrators, and politicians) are at fault for what is going on.
We have to look at the system as a whole and stop pinpointing one group and saying that they are the problem. Teachers are not the problem. The system as a whole is the problem.
We continue to measure our 21st century children by a 1950's model. That in itself is problematic.
Everyone involve carries some blame as to what is going on with the school system. If you are going to scrutinize the teachers than make sure you go after the administrators and the politicians. And lets not forget about the parents.
The first teacher is supposed to be the parents. Maybe I'm coming across as a little elitist on this one, but I don't think a parent should have to ask the school how his/her child stack up when it comes to their education. If your third grade child can't read on the third grade level you as the parent should be the first person to know this.
When a third grader can't read on a third grade level it's not just the school system that's failed this child, but primarily it is the parents that have failed.
****Now I will step off my soapbox so you guys can watch the videos and draw your own conclusion. Sorry for the rant, but this is one subject I am really passionate about.