I am trying to do better this year in posting interesting e-mails that I receive. This one just arrived in response to a statement I made earlier today about how many people overestimate the quality of Georgia schools in the past.
Dr. Jim Arnold, superintendent of the Pelham City Schools, said he wrote this piece a while back and wanted to share it with me. And I think it is worth sharing with the rest of you. With his permission:
By Jim Arnold
Occasionally time has a way of playing tricks on us. I have heard, especially in recent years, comments and calls from teachers, parents, grandparents and yes, superintendents for a “return to the good old days” in education. Before nodding my affirmation of a need to return to what we imagine are the “good old days” let’s look at just how good those days actually were.
If we talk about the good old days when reading and writing and ‘rithmatic were king, then we also must bring into the discussion the social ills of those times and