Turn on the television, listen to the radio, talk to your neighbors. It’s no secret that funding for schools is being dramatically cut. How will this impact on your family? A very short list of changes may include:
- Reduction of teachers resulting in larger class size.
- Academic aides being eliminated.
- Cutting kindergarten or only offering ½ day sessions.
- No librarians, even if the libraries do stay open.
These funding cuts come in light of numbers that show that the US standardized test scores are not impressive when compared to other countries of the world. (**See an explanation of PISA Testing below.)
Notes: PISA Scores – Where the US Ranked by number of countries counted
|34 OCED countries||All 65 countries|
So now what do we, as parents, do to ensure the future for our children?
Parent involvement has always been critical in helping children to succeed, so as changes are being planned by your school district, we urge you to become involved:
- Attend school district meetings where changes to school services and academic priorities are being discussed.
- Talk to your child’s teacher so you know how these changes will impact on your child.
- Set your own standards for your child’s education and make it one of your personal goals to meet them.
- Make sure you have the tools at home to supplement cuts being made at school.
We will continue sharing ideas about how to handle the changes that are coming in our future blogs. If you have thoughts on how to deal with this crisis in education, let us know. This impacts us all, so we all need play our part.
** PISA – The Program for International Student Assessment is an international assessment that measures the performance of 15-year-olds in reading literacy, mathematics literacy, and science literacy every 3 years. First implemented in 2000, PISA is coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization of 34 member countries. In all, 60 countries and 5 other education systems participated as partners in PISA 2009.
You can find an overview of the assessment here: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/
You can view the data here: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/2011004.pdf