School Reformers Tinker Around the Edges
I’m not usually a “let’s tear down the establishment and start a revolution” kind of person, but even I can see that making minuscule changes in school policy will not turn around SLPS.
Superintendent Kelvin Adams wants SLPS students to wear uniforms. Maybe that’s a good idea, but a lack of uniforms wasn’t what lost SLPS its accreditation. Nor has it been the reason so many families are leaving the district.
Someone in the article’s comments section suggests that SLPS spend the uniform money on better school food instead. (Could it be a locavore?)
I don’t expect food to affect student achievement any more than clothing. These proposals focus on physical aspects of schools that have no direct connection to learning. As Bob Compton points out on the Two Million Minutes blog, successful schools around the world are built first and foremost on great teaching. Handsome uniforms, new buildings, and delicious food are just icing on the cake.