Just an excerpt from the column. Read the whole thing of course.
I, for one, would like to commend William Blackwood for putting in writing, what many have been feeling.
When a majority of south DeKalb students fail to succeed in college and, indeed, would be hard pressed to pass the military’s basic-skills examination, it is surprising that the military’s successful model of using serious remediation coupled with consequential discipline goes unmentioned while dubious educational “theories” are touted over and over.
After posting this, I came back to add that it is time for ALL parents in DeKalb to demand better for their children. There are real issues in DeKalb and they are complicated by the fact that this system hasn't had a clear instructional plan for decades. Too many weak school house principals, too many passive parents and too many central office employees has really made for a horrible situation.
In demanding better, parents have to step up as well and support higher standards in both academics and discipline. They have to demand more of the children, themselves and their communities.