I graduated from a local high school in 1953. In June of this year, our class enjoyed our 55th reunion. In looking back at the good old days, 98 percent of our students graduated from high school.
The curriculum for our school included English, Spanish, Latin, German, algebra, geometry, chemistry, senior problems; electrical, mechanical, auto, and woodworking shops; FFA, art, and music. We purchased our own books and material.
At the time, this district was self-supporting from its own tax base. Sacramento politicians were only a support group for local education. Then something happened that changed education in our state. The state started confiscating our local school tax funds and our educational system has gone downhill ever since. All local funds were lost. Our ability to choose our curriculum was lost and the per-student cost tripled as the years went by. Our state school superintendent Jack O’Connell has established a $1 billion bureaucracy in Sacramento. We and our local district have lost the choice, control, and vision for our local schools.
I’m ready for the good old days; are you?