It is interesting to read the great variance of expert opinion about the success or failure of running our schools. As a non-expert, I would say that a decentralized school system run by local educators, parents and business people interested only in improving education for all students would be best.
Outside bureaucrats and politicians bring forth too many self-serving ideas that have perpetuated our failing educational system for too long. In fact, according to a Wall Street Journal report, SAT scores of this year’s graduating class are the lowest in 40 years of reading results.
While you can find some excellent schools in the public and private sector, including some inner-city low income sectors, there is a common denominator for their success. That is the dedication of parents and teachers locally to a disciplined environment with strict rules signed on by parents and teachers, including a sensible dress code.
School uniforms bring a great unifying spirit to a school, equalizing social class differences and relieving the student’s anxieties. The main objective is for students to achieve higher standards in scholastic achievement.
Many private or charter schools have achieved this. A highly qualified person to endorse such ideas is Condoleeza Rice, who calls it the civil rights issue of our time.
S.G. von Schweinitz