Reading the KC Star last week, my attention was drawn to the article “Northwest Middle School: An Educational Rebirth in KCK.” Reading the article, it was easy for me to identify the message they were trying to send: “Educating our students is our priority.” As we have been practicing developing messages, I found that this article is agreat example.
Throughout the entire article they are talking about all the changes the school is doing for their students. Grants were received allowing iPads to be purchased and placed in every classroom. Also Northwest has added programs for mentoring, family, and before-and-after-school academic for the kids to be engaged in.
But I was in disbelief when I read “every teacher had to reapply for his or her position and 50 percent of the teaching staff was transferred before school began last year.” Only half of the schools staff returning made me question their thinking. Why would they do that? But as I read on, it became clear. The message they were trying to send was apparent. They want the best for their students and if some of the staff was incapable or didn’t agree with the mission, they were transferred.
With all these changes to the classroom,staff, and enrollment, what does this say about all the other educational institutes? Are they inadequate now? Should they endeavor on the same path? In my opinion, they should review themselves and see what they can be doing for the students. As of right now, our current education system is not working;it is outdated.
The education system should be effective; if it was, our average reading level would not be at a sixth grade level. With Northwest providing these changes and making the effort to have their students excel should make the rest of the state think about their own institute and find ways to improve. Maybe if every institute follows Northwest’s lead, our country could do a 180 degree turn in intelligence.