You would think that providing for the needs of children would be everyone’s top priority. But that’s not always the case in the City of San Jose.
In a recent editorial, the Mercury News called for the San Jose Unified School district trustees to shift funding from adult education programs in order to restore five K-12 school days that were lost to furloughs:“S.J. Unified must make hard call to cut Adult Ed.” Yes, it is a hard call, and ESL and GED classes are very important. But the needs of children should always be met first in our city and society.
While we’re on the subject of kids and classes…why do so many San Jose schools have early dismissal on Wednesdays? What’s the value in that? Consider: If students get out 90 minutes early every Wednesday, the hours turn into many days missed. Ninety minutes a week equates to six hours a month. Six hours a month for eight months is 48 hours per school year, or the equivalent of nearly seven days of potential schooling. That’s like giving the kids an additional full week of vacation (plus two days). How are the kids enriched by missing seven days of instruction?
Let me add one last topic to the discussion. It involves exercise and physical fitness. Why don’t schools require students to exercise on a daily basis, rain or shine? A school does not need goal posts, whistles, or teachers with masters degrees in physical education. Simply have the kids walk, march, skip, jog, and or run around the school yard twice daily. You don’t need a curriculum to go outside and move.