|Re: I know I'm really alone on this, but...|
Poster: Anonymous Posted: 2012/4/6 14:49:25
To clarify for all of the replies, I don't have a problem with parent/student/citizen input in general. It's always a good idea for leaders of all kinds to keep their ear on the ground anyway.
But a committee, especially one with direct influence on the process, it not always the most appropriate kind of input, and that seems to be the case here. Parents and citizens know what they want in a school, but they often don't know how to get it, nor do they understand how the system works. Just reading the comments here, look how long it took for the conversation to devolve into a discussion about the north and south campuses, even though the principal of LHS has no real say in that matter. It's not that I think people are dumb, just that most people (including myself) are not qualified in the least to hire a principal for a high school. It's the reason we don't elect principals and coaches through popular vote, thank goodness.
Additionally, a couple of spots on a committee is not the only way to "give people a voice." If Dr. Waddell is so pro-technology, he should definitely get a Twitter account (if John Cornyn can manage one, so can he) and start soliciting opinions there. Though I'm not a fan of "town hall" meetings, that may be another option to get some input.
Regarding the list I mentioned, what I meant was that anyone could come up with the generic softball questions. Stuff like "How will you utilize (it's always utilize, ugh) the school's resources to create the best learning atmosphere for the students?" Or they come up with questions like "what's your position on the BYOT policy?" when a) too many people clearly don't understand what the policy entails and b) the applicant's position on it doesn't matter, since he or she won't make the decision whether to follow it or not. When a committee writes things like this, it usually takes hours of anxious word-wrangling to put together the same list as any individual would write.