Sen. Chip Rogers on public education in Georgia. (Maybe for the last time as a senator?)

In August, I asked state Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, to write a piece about his stand on public education. Rogers had sent me a note saying that he felt he was wrongly being cast as anti-public schools on the blog.

His piece arrived a month ago, but it was so long that I planned to run it over the holidays when people have more time to read. But with the news that Rogers is expected to announce that he’s stepping down from the state Senate, I am sharing it now.

These may be his final words on education in Georgia, at least as a state senator.

By Sen. Chip Rogers

Imagine for a moment if the recent summer Olympic Games had resulted in the United States earning fewer medals than Kazakhstan, Belarus, Iran, or Jamaica. If so, one could expect justifiable outcries to entirely reform our Olympic program. Surely, no American would accept the United States being ranked 25th in Olympic competition?

Yet, this is exactly what is happening right before our eyes in education. If the competition to educate our next generation of citizens were judged as an “Olympic Medal Count,” we would be trailing every nation mentioned above.

The 34 most advanced economies in the world are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Each year the OECD publishes rankings for student achievement among its member nations. It is the most widely recognized standard for judging international student achievement. Current world rankings have U.S. students 14th in Reading, 17th in Science and a dismal 25th in Mathematics. It is important to note China does not give its information to the OECD but international testing agencies admit the Chinese students would be ranked No. 1 if included.

Some may consider the failure of U.S. students compared to their international counterparts, as a recent phenomenon. Sadly, this is a problem to which we were awakened more than 30 years ago.

The 1983 release of the U.S. Department of Education report entitled “A Nation at Risk” is considered the most comprehensive study into American education before or since. Secretary of Education, T.H. Bell, commented at the time, “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.”

So what has changed since we received this dire warning? Not much, except spending.

According to the national standard for comparing student achievement, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, since 1984 scores in mathematics have slightly increased, while scores in reading have slightly decreased. During this same time per student spending in the U.S. has doubled, even after adjusting for inflation!

Simply put, America responded to our most serious international crises, by doubling our spending, and we have fallen further behind. Why? The United States education system clings to a “factory” model designed for a bygone economic era. In large part our children are treated in the classroom as if they were on an assembly line of a 1940’s manufacturing plant.

American students spend roughly 50 minutes per class, 6-7 classes per day, 5 days per week and 180 days per year. At the end of this time, they “move on” to the next grade. Essentially our system values “seat time” over “learning”. We can measure “seat time” easily; measuring educational achievement is more difficult. Yet, sending an 18-year old to his graduation because he finished his required time, without being certain he can read his diploma, is devastating for the student and our nation.

So if money is not the solution, what is?

•Transforming American education to recognize that learning is an individual experience, not a group act

• Acknowledging that sending students to a school based on the parents U.S. postal mailing address is catastrophically dumb

• Offering more options for students is always preferable to fewer options

•  Teachers should be paid considerably more in return for quantifiable performance results

• Technology can transform learning in the same manner it has almost every facet of human existence

• True “local control” means parents and students making individual decisions, not just a closer form of government bureaucracy

• Successfully competing in a global marketplace cannot be achieved by simply increasing self-esteem

• Learning can, and should, happen any time, any place, any path, any pace (the motto of Florida’s virtual education)

The last few years I have taken on Georgia’s educational status quo. The experience has been painful, but worth it. We should no longer stand idly by and watch tens of thousands of Georgia students drop out of school every year, while those who remain fall behind the rest of the world. We cannot quietly accept the tired mantra of “give us more money, and we’ll fix the problem” that is universally echoed by the very “system” which brought us to this point. As any parent of a student in a failing classroom can tell you, we cannot wait for the system to fix itself. Every child in Georgia matters, and they matter now!

Solving Georgia’s and America’s education challenge requires us to invert the paradigm by putting students at the center of the decisions we make and in turn empowering parents, not government, as the primary determinant for the manner in which a child is educated.

Perhaps the single most important achievement we can make is to replace the current adjectives often found in front of the word “education” with the single word “excellent.”

Those who profit from the current “system” constantly refer to forms of “education” as “public” or “private” or “home-school” or “online” or “charter.”  As if attaining knowledge is confined to some sort of “brand.”

Where, how, and why a student learns must be secondary to the actual learning! We should simply demand “excellent” education for every student and offer parents as many possible choices to meet this standard. We must stop the senseless battle of public vs. private vs. home school vs. online. Why does it matter what school “Johnny” attends as long as “Johnny” is learning? In other words: student first, system second.

Critics to offering more educational choice claim supporting such parental choice is an attack on “public” education. Nonsense! This is akin to suggesting that sending a package UPS is an attack on Fedex. As a consumer I want UPS, Fedex, and every other participant in the package delivering market to do as well as possible. However, I am going to choose the company that best meets my individual needs.

Some may challenge whether increasing educational options, and giving parent’s choice, really matters. Consider what currently happens in Georgia. Our state’s education system is essentially broken into three segments: pre-k, k-12, post-secondary.

Georgia’s pre-k program is made up of thousands of providers almost equally split between public and private with parents choosing the educational setting best for their individual child. What is the result? The National Institute for Early Education Research recently gave Georgia its first 10 out of 10 in measures of quality. We are essentially the No. 1 state in America for pre-k education quality.

Georgia’s post-secondary program is made up of hundreds of public and private providers. Students, many of whom receive the Hope Scholarship (Voucher), choose the school that best fits their individual needs. What is the result?

The 2011 SmartMoney.com ranking of “Best Return on Investment Schools” ranked Georgia Tech #1 and Georgia #4 nationally. Meanwhile, the British publication Times Higher Education ranks Georgia Tech as the 24th best school in the world!

So, as well as our 4-year-olds and college students are performing, Georgia’s public k-12 system continues to languish. These students are assigned a school, not by choice, but by postal mailing address. Georgia ranks 48th nationally in both SAT scores and high school graduation rate.

Some may argue choice in pre-k and college’s works, as the evidence proves, but that k-12 choice won’t. This is both illogical and wrong.

Fourteen years ago student achievement in Florida and Georgia was essentially the same. Enter Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Between 1998 and 2006, Gov. Bush passed a series of historic education reforms.

The Florida model focused on three basic areas; grading, options, choice. All schools in Florida now receive a letter grade so that parents fully understand what type of learning environment their child is attending. Children in failing schools have the option for a voucher to attend a school of choice. Florida has created more than 400 public charter schools to offer additional choice. Finally, the Florida Virtual School was created to offer digital learning and today more than 200,000 students participate.

In addition to accountability and choice, Florida now demands performance for young students. Florida law prevents any 3rd grade students from advancing to 4th grade until that student has met reading standards. Education researchers have determined that students who cannot properly read by the age of 9 are likely to struggle academically for the remainder of their life. Texas actually builds prisons based on local 3rd-grade reading levels.

So what have these education policy changes meant to Florida students?

In 1998, almost half of all Florida fourth graders scored “below basic” on the fourth-grade NAEP reading test. Today over 70 percent of Florida’s fourth graders score at basic or “above basic” on the fourth-grade NAEP reading test. The percentage of Florida children failing to meet “basic” literacy dropped 36 percent, while the percentage of fourth graders scoring “proficient” increased 54 percent.

In 1998, Georgia fourth-grade students scored one point higher than Florida fourth-grade students for NAEP reading. By 2009, Florida students had vaulted ahead 10 points, which represents one full grade level in advancement.  The pathway to success is not a mystery. As Florida has shown, holding schools accountable, giving parents options for their children, and demanding education performance before advancement will work.

Dr. Greg Forster is a researcher at the Friedman Foundation. He recently released a comprehensive report examining 19 empirical studies focusing on those locations in the U.S. where parental choice is available.

The results were almost unanimous. 18 of the 19 studies showed students exercising choice and students remaining in their assigned public schools performed better after competition was introduced. One of the 19 reports showed no change. So choice helps both the students who use it and those who don’t. Competition, even in education, is truly a win/win.

We in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. are faced with a stark reality in education. We can continue to do as we have and fall further behind or we can take a different path. We can back down to those who zealously guard the status quo or we can demand that 25th in the world or 48th in the U.S. is simply not acceptable.

Those who wish to join the growing voice for fundamental education reform must realize you will be attacked, but also recognize that if successful, we can fulfill our American duty to leave this nation better off than we found it.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

78 comments Add your comment

Ed Advocate

December 4th, 2012
2:25 pm

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’m not pleased to hear the news about Chip stepping down. Thanks for printing his piece here, Maureen. In some ways, I’ve always admired Chip’s honesty regarding his desire to expand school vouchers and for-profit interests in public education. I just happen to vehemently disagree with him, particularly with his defensiveness about parents being the ultimate form of accountability in the voucher scenario. In my mind, anytime we use public dollars to fund an endeavor, those responsible for the expenditure must be accountable and transparent regarding the success of the program. Chip was great at envisioning expansion of the voucher programs, but he wasn’t good at putting safeguards in place to protect students and taxpayers.

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

December 4th, 2012
2:29 pm

Chip-I have listened to you speak and I believe your heart is in the right place. But do you realize that “Learning” under Common Core means changing values, attitudes, and beliefs in order to change behaviors?

That PISA is not a test of knowledge and was created by the OECD to guide global education away from the transmission of knowledge. That it is based on something called DeSeCo–the definition and Selection of Competences.

That Florida went to Outcomes Based Education before Jeb became Governor and that much of what is being measured there is based on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. Which is in turn based on Benjamin Bloom’s Mastery Learning work. That is dovetails to NAEP because NAEP is selective in who is assessed and NAEP was created by Ralph Tyler, Bloom’s friend and mentor, precisely to measure OBE type performances?

I saw you spoke last week on a panel in DC with Superintendent Mark Edwards of Mooresville, NC on Digital Learning. Did you know Mooresville also uses the Capturing Kid’s Heart emotional intelligence program? Is that the individual learning now we are talking about? http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/mind-thieves-everyday-examples-that-add-up-to-a-cultural-and-political-tsunami/ lays out the culture of caring vision for “learning.” Using the definition of learning above.

Joel Klein of Amplify said the purpose of Digital Learning is to create New Kinds of Minds. Others say it is a rejection of the rational mind of the Enlightenment. Are we trying to create new kinds of minds in Georgia? What kind? Is anyone telling the parents and taxpayers?

Again I know you mean well but education is an area where hardly any regularly used term means what the ordinary dictionary meaning would lead us to expect. That is deliberate but also dangerous. It means most politicians are actually pushing visions that they are unaware of.

It does need to come with a Glossary of Terms.

Cellophane

December 4th, 2012
2:34 pm

Florida ranks right next to Georgia in SAT scores and grad rates, Mr. Rogers. And, their fourth grade reading NAEP scores shot up because they started retaining third graders who didn’t pass– and then they’ve been flat since 2007. If you look at the 2011 scores (Rogers is good at cherry picking data, hence the 2009 numbers), Georgia reading scores increased and cut the gap with Florida in half. Georgia has also seen its math NAEP scores increasing over the years cited, while Florida’s math scores have been dropping. The two states have identical math and reading NAEP scores for eighth grade.

Clarence

December 4th, 2012
2:34 pm

An interesting piece with some compelling arguments, but it suffers from having his name attached. He will do more for his cause by resigning than sticking around. Now let’s see what goverment-paid job the government hater ends up in…

yuzeyurbrane

December 4th, 2012
2:42 pm

Chip brags about Tech and UGA’s rising academic status at the same time he led draconian cuts to its budgets. The man talks nice generalities but when the rubber hit the road he was always anti-public education. Glad to see him go. Am also curious as to the real reason. A politician with his outsized ego doesn’t just walk away without a fight unless there is something really really worse than we have already discovered about him.

Mike

December 4th, 2012
2:47 pm

good article…too bad it’s author can at times be insane.

Ed Advocate

December 4th, 2012
2:48 pm

I agree @yuze. Peach Pundit is confirming that Chip took a job at GA Public Broadcasting, but there has to be more to it…

Don't Tread

December 4th, 2012
2:58 pm

We cannot quietly accept the tired mantra of “give us more money, and we’ll fix the problem” that is universally echoed by the very “system” which brought us to this point.

Chip understands. However, the liberals running “the system” only care about keeping the dollars flowing to themselves. More money for the same results.

Jimmy

December 4th, 2012
3:00 pm

Late breaking news this afternoon revealed Chip Rogers’ refusal to take off his tin foil hat in the Capitol led to his resignation. Sources also say despite his attempt to deflect attention away from his fascination with Agenda 21 by citing “more time with his family,” those with any intelligence at all realized Chip’s days were numbered as he became more goofy over time.

Noted neurologists have revealed it is possible to avoid the calamitous influence of Agenda 21 by employing aluminum foil. Sources advise the following: proceed to the kitchen drawer where you keep the aluminum foil; tear a large piece of foil off the roll; fold it three times in a triangular-shape; then separate one of the folds and put it on your head.

These steps should leave you with a pointy hat that will protect you from solar flares, radiation, electromagnetic energy, alien thought manipulation or anything else your paranoid, over-sensitive mind can conger up.

Lobbyist Chip

December 4th, 2012
3:09 pm

Next stop for Chip will be a nice job with one of the for profit Charter school companies.

Brasstown

December 4th, 2012
3:11 pm

Ego maniacs will generally be the cause of their own demise. Unfortunately they can do much damage before the end.

Cherokee

December 4th, 2012
3:17 pm

Thanks for publishing the article, but I agree, as one of his former constituents, thank the good Lord he’s leaving. Let’s just hope my good neighbors up here don’t replace him with someone even worse.

And I agree – there will be more to this – someone with his ego doesn’t just walk away.

Another comment

December 4th, 2012
3:19 pm

I believe we will see Chip entangled by the Federal Prosecutor and the FDIC over his Bank Board issues and his flea bag motel. He may join Bernie Madoff in employment at the Federal Pen aka working on the inside for UNICOR at a few cents an hour.

Mikey D.

December 4th, 2012
3:21 pm

“•Transforming American education to recognize that learning is an individual experience, not a group act”

So, this is the first item on Chip’s list of solutions. Hmmm. If he believes this, then why has the state continued to give such a ridiculous amount of credence to standardized test scores, which assume that all students will learn the same way and at the same pace? Sounds a little contradictory to me.
Like most politicians, Chip is good at the soundbytes, but hypocrisy is right beneath the surface. Glad he’s resigning. Now maybe we can get some serious leadership that’s more interested in actually solving problems.

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Not right

December 4th, 2012
3:22 pm

Poor example, Chip. If the Olympics had to include the entire population of the USA, not just the ones working to excel, would wouldn’t even make the top 50. Apples and oranges.

Until or society places the onus to achieve back on the individual rather than blaming educators for circumstances out of their control, things will never get better.

Sweet "T"

December 4th, 2012
3:37 pm

Chip(s) has good ideas but we all know that behind it all he is looking out only for himself. My only regret is that his “Partner in Bilk” Tom Graves is not going with him.

Amazed

December 4th, 2012
4:04 pm

With Chip’s touting Florida and the education “reforms” instituted he should have gotten a job with FLPB. Glad to see him gone from the GA senate. It should be a more reasonable place. (wishful thinking)

dbow

December 4th, 2012
4:05 pm

If you want to read a compelling argument against merit pay the way it’s currently being foisted upon us, read this:
http://www.cfmediaview.com/lp1.aspx?v=6_793736090_38566_14

Old Physics Teacher

December 4th, 2012
4:12 pm

I believe Chip Rogers believes he’s a good man. That’s is not the same as being a good man. There is no man so evil as he doesn’t believe he’s a good man in his own eyes. He always does thing for “the good of the people” AS HE SEES IT. Chairman Mao, Stalin, Genghis Khan, Louis 15th, Henry VIII, and many others all believed they were “doing the right thing.”

Making an analogy equating the Olympics, in which only the top 1/4 of one-quarter percent of the athletes of a nation compete, and equating that to the only heterogeneous nation that tries to educate EVERYONE is ludicrous. When the so-called “playing field” is leveled, and our top students are compared to all the other nations’ top students, our students are the most successful in the world. Just like the Olympics. When selected for learning, we still do better than the rest of the world. It’s been shown time, and time again. Either Mr Rogers knows better and is using smoke and mirrors to blind the average voter BECAUSE HE BELIEVES HIS WAY IS THE BEST, irrespective of the facts, or he really is that dumb.

In either case, good riddance. Now if we can get rid of the rest of his cronies and their sycophants, the state will be a better place.

Oh… and we educators are not wholly innocent either. “Give us more money and we’ll solve the problems.” That idiocy occurred due to the Peter Principle. You can Google it. Until we decide, as educators, that the title “Principal” means the main (meaning ‘top’) TEACHER as opposed to the best buffalo-chip shooter, things will never change. Paper pushers and coaches incompetent in the classroom should never be put in charge of REAL teachers. This is why education is in such turmoil now. I can assure you, if you put an academic STAR teacher in charge as an administrator, no student would ever have been sent home for carrying around a Tweety-Bird knife. Even money the administrator was a failed teacher and a “buddy” to the guy who hired him.

Georgia coach

December 4th, 2012
5:51 pm

If you can do better old physics teacher, get a leadership degree and have at it.

Ed Johnson

December 4th, 2012
6:12 pm

Chip Rogers going to Georgia Public Broadcasting?

Maureen, what about this?

Maureen Downey

December 4th, 2012
6:16 pm

@To all, The AJC is reporting that Rogers is leaving the Senate for a newly created job at Georgia Public Broadcasting. I like how my colleague Jim Galloway describes the synchronicity.

“A state lawmaker needs a quick exit from the Legislature, and a position at Georgia Public Broadcasting appears. Life can be magical that way.”

Atlanta Mom

December 4th, 2012
6:18 pm

As a woman, I will happily accept lower test scores than those reported in Iran.

mountain man

December 4th, 2012
6:37 pm

“Give us more money and we’ll solve the problems.”

Actually, I think they say “Give us more money and we WON”T address the problems.”

mountain man

December 4th, 2012
6:38 pm

“He always does thing for “the good of the people” AS HE SEES IT. Chairman Mao, Stalin, Genghis Khan, Louis 15th, Henry VIII, and many others all believed they were “doing the right thing.” ”

You forgot Hitler.

mountain man

December 4th, 2012
6:40 pm

Without Chip in the gold dome, how will we keep people from being implanted with microchips bearing the sign 666 without their knowlege or consent?

Private Citizen

December 4th, 2012
6:45 pm

I stopped reading half way into the piece during the segue from OECD comparisons to effective method shown to improve math scores in Florida. I’ll return to and read the piece completely. I would guess that Mr. Chip Rogers is the only other person besides me to reference the OECD via this weblog. Because Mr. Rogers is sure to read these comments, I will address him directly.

Dear Mr. Rogers,
Thank you for your commentary and genuine care. I agree with you it is significant to reference the work done for us by the OECD. As a Georgia school teacher, I am some concerned about your application of the OECD, an organization that addresses many aspects of societies including education. What you have left out is social care and health care. Sir, if you make a list of the top 99 member countries on the OECD, you will find there is only one country on the entire list that does not provide health care to its citizens in a dignified manner and without regards to economic caste or ability to pay. It is considered smart to provide health care so that you have a highly functioning society that is not depressed and harassed by debt for basic services. I’ve paid in excess of $50,000. to United Healthcare within the prior decade and since I have resigned my teaching job, I am now not covered. They get to keep the money. I still have a $1000. co-pay due for some basic diagnostic work, the type of thing that would be billed @ $10. somewhere else with managed care. But enough about me. I’ve recently worked on a teaching team where a full 20% of the students needed eyeglasses and did not have them. If you are an intelligent man, you can equate what is the effect on their schooling, as well as the efficiency of the classroom due to having to accommodate these visually impaired children everyday, as well as various complaints about headaches and either the print is too small or the screen is too far away. Sir, these children are defenseless. My evident point is that until we address modern concepts of services, either as a state or as a country, we are blowing smoke with raising many of the children to be efficiently educated and to have happy and productive adult lives. For some reason, in the United States and maybe particularly in Georgia, the extent of public uptake on this concept is often the demand that regular people should earn their way in this “dog eat dog” world (a quote of what someone said on this weblog commentary). Personally, I don’t think that level of struggle is either intelligent or productive. As a country, we’re @ 25% efficiency with delivery of health services due to we spend twice the GDP and deliver service to half as many people per capita as the well-managed member countries of the OECD. For example, the city of Hong Kong has 50 public hospitals and 12 private hospitals. Therefore, if you are going to work for the development of our people here and do so through governance or other means for the public good, thank you very much and sincerely for referencing the OECD, an organization I have great respect for. As well, please note their range of reporting covers many things and it is sensible to maintain an overview when considering matters of public performance. I will quote their simple mission statement that they duly perform: “The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.” Thank you Mr. Chip Rogers and Well Wishes to You, signed Private Citizen

Tony

December 4th, 2012
6:57 pm

I smell a rat. There’s more to this resignation than meets the eye. Stay tuned.

Private Citizen

December 4th, 2012
7:01 pm

Old Physics Teacher, you’re a little off the rails. Where did this time shown again and again that we’re better than everyone else thing come from? It’s like you’ve laid down a concrete barrier and staked a claim. I mean really. Also, the Peter Drucker “principle” (Drucker was raised / schooled in Austria) (a wealthy country with “high-quality medical care for all citizens, independent of their social status or income” HERE – read it from their ministry: http://www.bmg.gv.at/cms/home/attachments/2/1/2/CH1015/CMS1287855495948/the_austrian_health_care_system_2010_e1.pdf ) Anyway, the Peter Drucker management “Peter Principle” is the observation that in the course of a career, people tend to be elevated exactly to their level of incompetence, one step beyond what they are good at.

High school administrator

December 4th, 2012
7:05 pm

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Michele

December 4th, 2012
7:15 pm

Good Riddance, Chippy! You will not be missed.

High school administrator

December 4th, 2012
7:20 pm

No offense to you Mr. Rogers but what makes you an expert on what is wrong with public education in America? Just because you have read a few studies and reports does not mean that you are an expert on this subject. Spend a few years teaching before you develop an opinion on what is wrong with the system. Offering choice will do nothing for the students who are stuck in failing schools. Any educator will tell you that schools are failing because we have too many students and parents who do not care, and many teachers and administrators who allow classrooms to be out of control, and some central office and school board members who know what the real problems are but are not willing to deal with them. Playing politics has become an art form practiced by educators and educational leaders. We need to bring discipline back in schools and let teachers do their jobs.

3schoolkids

December 4th, 2012
7:27 pm

“American students spend roughly 50 minutes per class, 6-7 classes per day, 5 days per week and 180 days per year. At the end of this time, they “move on” to the next grade. Essentially our system values “seat time” over “learning”.”

Yes Mr. Rogers, because this is the way it is funded, by seat and by how much time is spent in it. Something you and your colleagues have done nothing about to change. Instead you created another parallel system funded in the exact same way. Even our graduation requirements are based upon seat time-number of credit hours earned, regardless of level of mastery of the subject.

Ron F.

December 4th, 2012
7:28 pm

The flaw in his “data” is that we are one of few countries that actually attempts to educate all children to the same standards and doesn’t focus testing on those most able to meet the expectations. One of the problems with the oft-quoted “A Nation at Risk” is that the very data they used then and now to compare us doesn’t reflect the differences in how we educate children or the diversity of our population. We’ll see how “choice” and “competition” work as the new buzzwords for the cure for education. Thirty years later, we’re basically doing the same thing- throwing money at another fad that is supposed to fix everything. It won’t because we still won’t deal with the myriad social needs that create the education morass we’re in as a nation. I can’t say I’ll miss Chip, but I bet those watching for Agenda 21 will!

Ron F.

December 4th, 2012
7:32 pm

@Private Citizen: the very fact that so many kids need glasses and can’t get them is an issue the leaders in our legislature simply choose to ignore, or blame on misplaced priorities at home. We have kids who do not get anything close to adequate healthcare, dental care, or vision testing. And we wonder why we’re behind many nations, when our healthcare system costs more and provides less care. Kids who can’t see clearly and who are often sick and behind their age-group peers developmentally are becoming a bigger problem in this country.

mark

December 4th, 2012
7:33 pm

This news will free up lots of my brain power.

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

December 4th, 2012
7:44 pm

Jimmy–I don’t quite get the tin foil hat and Agenda 21 references. The UN itself brags about its Agenda 21 agenda. Clarion trumpets would be an apt way to describe it. Plus they kindly in their own documents link their education and property living and development (Agenda 21) programs.

So whatever your complaint is with Chip Rogers, a belief in Agenda 21 is not Tin Foil hat territory. In fact it comes with Literacy if you know where to look.

Maureen-I believe the term is “sinecure.”

Former Teacher

December 4th, 2012
8:46 pm

Funny he likes to use the ‘olympic analagy’ while COMPLETELY missing the point that this country is more focused on sports than education is why!!! Just take a look at the numbers of parents that spend ridiculous amounts of money on ‘training’ but the child can’t go to tutoring because it interferes with practice!!!

If parents were as concerned about the quality of their child’s education as they are about as they are about being inconvenienced about where to pick them up from school (after recent CO incident at elementary school) or heaven forbid what bowl game UGA is being robbed of, perhaps their child would be doing better!

You cannot lay the blame solely at the feet of teachers and education (though there are PLENTY of crappy teachers/administrators, and policies) without equally blaming the parents. If parents were less worried about trite things such as UGA not getting a BCS bid and more worried about their child’s education, then perhaps such crappy teachers would be gone and things would get better!

crankee-yankee

December 4th, 2012
8:47 pm

Leave it to Chip to reference a 30 year old, dubious, thirty-page political document issued by a group convened by republican Terrell Bell to support his diatribes.

If he can go back 30 years, I’ll go back four…”First, it wrongly concluded that student achievement was declining. Second, it placed the blame on schools for national economic problems over which schools have relatively little influence. Third, it ignored the responsibility of the nation’s other social and economic institutions for learning.”
http://www.cato-unbound.org/2008/04/07/richard-rothstein/a-nation-at-risk-twenty-five-years-later/

crankee-yankee

December 4th, 2012
8:51 pm

I too smell a rat with his sudden departure. Time will tell just which rat I’m smelling…

crankee-yankee

December 4th, 2012
8:53 pm

I guess Chip is thankful Mitt didn’t get elected or GPB & Big Bird might not be around to cushion his fall.

AnnieAD

December 4th, 2012
9:11 pm

Whoever made this happen, THANK YOU. This man is self-seving, dishonest, and poses as an expert on subjects he really knows nothing about ( see article above.). This is a GOOD day in Georgia!!!!!

Pride and Joy

December 4th, 2012
9:26 pm

Bravo! Bravo! EXtremely well said!
“Florida law prevents any 3rd grade students from advancing to 4th grade until that student has met reading standards. Education researchers have determined that students who cannot properly read by the age of 9 are likely to struggle academically for the remainder of their life. Texas actually builds prisons based on local 3rd-grade reading levels.”
In a previous blog, a program was implemented to help eighth graders who are behind. That program needs to be implemented at the end of second grade. Those who cannot read well and comprehend what they are reading should not advance to the third grade period.
This is a critical time. We go from learning to read to reading to learn in the third grade. If we do not ensure that everyone can read well before third grade, we will continue to have the dismal drop out rates.
THANK YOU, CHIP, for having the courage to say what you have.
BRAVO!

Really amazed

December 4th, 2012
9:44 pm

He knew he was fighting a losing battle. To many Georgia public school parents already think their children are receiving an excellent education because of their inflated grades, redo on test etc. Don’t blame him at all!!

Dc

December 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

Scary how many people will blindly fight for the old failed regime. Again, i thank God that i live in a state where the majority of voters see through the B.S. smokescreen poured out by so many posters on this blog and vote for real competition to the entrenched eduacraacy.

We have doubled per student spending over 30 years or so, and gotten nothing at all out of it. And yet so many just want to pour more tax dollars down this hole. Truly scary how a sensible, reasonable person can arrive at the idea that this makes sense….

mountain man

December 4th, 2012
10:02 pm

“Florida law prevents any 3rd grade students from advancing to 4th grade until that student has met reading standards.”

While Georgia has a law that says you can only hold back a student one time, no matter how far he/she is behind.

And you wonder why Georgia is where it is on the national ranking scale.

mountain man

December 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

“We have doubled per student spending over 30 years or so, and gotten nothing at all out of it. And yet so many just want to pour more tax dollars down this hole.”

I agree Dc. How much money does it take to enforce the attendance LAWS.

crankee-yankee

December 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

“Texas actually builds prisons based on local 3rd-grade reading levels.”

Instead of putting money into fixing the 3rd grade reading problem, Texas spends money on prisons. A classic case of treating the symptom, not the cause. Assuming the quote is accurate, not always a given when we deal with Chip.

But if, in fact, the quote is truly accurate, does anyone see a disconnect there?

Private Citizen

December 4th, 2012
10:22 pm

Informative article regarding Mr. Chip Rogers’ current and new activites: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/04/chip-rogers-georgia-resigns_n_2239703.html