Better Ed Blogs
We have never envied Superintendent Johnson’s position, nor blamed her solely for the failures of Minneapolis Public Schools. Indeed, we wish her well in the next stage of life and with family affairs. What we do blame is a failing system.
A multi-age approach to education combines students of various ages in one classroom instead of separating them into graded classrooms. This approach practically vanished in America due to the influence of Horace Mann in the mid-1800s.
There are talented people ready for the workforce soon after high school. They just need a little focused training rather than a lot of student loan debt.
Sadly, Rosemount is not alone in its poor reading proficiency rates.
Monserrate has come to the conclusion that the Minneapolis school district is simply too big and too bureaucratic to significantly improve upon its poor academic results and devastatingly low graduation rate (54%).
So, how is the dropout rate looking around the Twin Cities? In some school districts it's not so bad, but in others it's pretty terrible.
An increase in state-funded college tuition aid only transfers the college debt burden to taxpayers – of which the students themselves will one day be – and serves to further kick the problem down the road.