In light of yesterday’s release of CSAP results, the Post‘s David Harsanyi gives his diagnosis:
The fact that a third of Colorado students can’t adequately read and that half can’t pass a math test doesn’t mean that Colorado school reform is stalling. It means that some schools and students are stalling and many parents aren’t taking their children’s potential seriously enough. Either Mom and Dad aren’t spending adequate time helping to educate their kids, or they’re not taking advantage of the (still limited) choices Colorado schools offer, or they’re not demanding those in charge to get the job done.
Which brings us to the solution. More Coloradans should act rich.
I can only add in emphasis that acting rich in this case means being persistent. Such persistence is key to yielding more choices and more success in education. But if more parents don’t demand better for their own children or aren’t armed with enough information and knowledge to know what to demand, then the influences of the education union and bureaucrats will continue to dominate.
Harsanyi sums up his point:
Each child is an individual. And each individual parent should demand that their children are educated – whatever the CSAP score tells them. So start acting like a contemptible snob.
When it comes to navigating the education system as an advocate for your child’s education, that advice isn’t so bad.