My inability to notice the obvious never fails to amaze me.
A few weeks ago, I read the 2012 Texas GOP platform and failed to notice a plank that put the world on notice that the Texas GOP opposed the teaching of critical thinking and Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). Instead of examining this crazy plank, I proceeded to blog about 16 other planks that caught my attention.
Then today, there is an article in the Express-News reporting on a letter from two area legislators who are suggesting that before the city of San Antonio gets into the business of providing education to thousands of its four-year-old kids, perhaps it should get its citizens to approve a Charter amendment to authorize this foray.
The letter from state rep Lyle Larsen and county commissioner Kevin Wolff states the obvious – i.e., the city of San Antonio is in the business of law enforcement, libraries, transportation, etc. and these core functions should receive any additional revenue instead of diverting it to another governmental function that is already a core responsibility of the area school districts.
Duh, why didn’t I think about that when I blogged a few weeks ago about Mayor Castro’s so-called Pre-K 4 SA proposal?
Although there are similarities between Mayor Castro’s foray into education policy and the federal government’s involvement in Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind programs, a major difference is the federal government’s action raises a concern about federalism and whether a national perspective is either constitutional or beneficial. By contrast, the city of San Antonio and school districts are overlapping local jurisdictions, and it is less clear what expertise the City of San Antonio brings to the problem other than ambitious politicians who want to use their taxing authority to stick their noses into something that is not their business or expertise.
The word “dilettante” comes to mind when I think of city politicians interjecting themselves in the local school districts.