Monday, October 25, 2010

Who is against library volunteers? Teachers unions in Raynham and Bridgewater. - - Budget Blues - Boston.com

School administrators at the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District laid off all school librarians, not an unanticipated issue for those of us whose jobs are under considerable elimination scrutiny. Now, the Massachusetts school district is facing grievances over volunteers staffing the school libraries, and a protracted ideological fight. On the outside, it seems like a logical solution to continue library services in the face of a woeful economy, poor political choices, and budget cuts. But the anti-union perspective of these articles -- Boston Herald and Boston.com -- fails to account for an environment allowing volunteers to replace educated and licensed library professionals. Would the parents of Raynham and Bridgewater allow their children to be taught math or science by volunteers? Would they take their children to a volunteer pediatrician?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Obama's education plan draws fire - CNN.com

President Obama is joined by Dr. Jill Biden during a meeting at the White House on Monday.
President Obama's new education initiative focuses on increasing the total number of college graduates by focusing on community college enrollees. I am a vocal advocate for the mission of community colleges, I believe in both the gateway that they offer to a traditional university degree, and the means by which students can gain employable vocation skills after only two years of study. But also, I like how high school students can recreate their academic life with the opportunities that open enrollment offers. Yet, what does winning the race to have the highest percentage of college graduates provide for America?