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Education coverage needs balance

Letter to the Editor

This past week I have had to hold The Albany Herald at an angle — in order to tilt it back to a level perspective — while reading its public education coverage.

Six — or “just six,” as your paper put it — of 26 Dougherty County schools ranked at or above the state average. True, many Albany schools performed much worse, but the newspaper devoted little attention to what three schools earning more than 90 of a possible 100 points did right.

Why is the same school system home to some of the state’s highest- and lowest-ranked schools? Students often excel when they do what is asked of them by a talented staff.

Many of Dougherty’s best performing schools may be attractive to motivated students because they are home to magnet or specialty programs or have some other attractive feature and have performed well in the past.

If you believe the success of six schools does not define an entire system, consider the lead story in Monday’s The Albany Herald in which a single dissatisfied student virtually defined all Dougherty County public schools. The talented student featured in that article proved public education provides alternatives when a GED allowed her to bypass problems in Albany schools and enroll at Darton State College. Clearly, however, the published account of her story provides evidence of struggles in the system that are worthy of attention.

However, school news articles led with breathless accounts of “angry citizens ... ‘waiting to hear what will happen next’” do little to illuminate the education discussion. Additionally, reporting the success of six schools as an exception will not encourage greater achievements.

Your paper will best serve the community with a balanced approach to public education coverage.

TIM WESSELMAN

Albany

Comments

MRKIA 1 year, 7 months ago

EDUCATION HAS BEEN ILLUMINATED BY THE REMOVAL OF THAT DIM BULB MURFREE AND REPLACED WITH NEW RAYS OF LIGHT ON THE DCSS BOARD AND THE FLOODLIGHT OF DR MOSLEY!!!

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waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

If you were a parent of a child in one of the low ranking schools, wouldn't you demand to know what is being done to raise the level of your childs school? Wouldn't you want some of those dedicated teachers at the good schools distributed throughout the system to assist your child in the school they were trapped in? Wouldn't you want Administrators with a demonstrated excellent track record in every school? Or would you sit back and settle for the current situation because there are so many that would lose employment if stricter standards were imposed without excuses?

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