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Michael Alcorn’s March 1 editorial on his thinking on the “Concept of Institutional Trust” was enjoyable but his conclusions of importance to parents and students in Drake Middle School’s scheduling decision to have two elective classes a day instead of two is incorrect. Eliminating seven-class day schedules or extra classes for teachers has been a “teacher’s union” pushed point for years. The teacher’s union may have agreed with the District’s decision to change the Levels of Students at Jeffco Middle Schools but it doesn’t change union opinions or importance to current teacher workloads.
As I wrote when sixth graders were added to all Jeffco middle schools by our Board of Education putting student’s educations first is what really matters. This is the reason why the charter and option school movement is so strong in Colorado — not an erosion of institutional trust in public schools. Changes such as adding sixth grade to a school is just the same old educational reforms we seen and not the evolution of public education that is needed and necessary to make.
The shootings at Parkland, Florida may partly be weakened institutional trust or law enforcement failures, but It was an attack on a school by a student failed by the present public educational system. Changing what is taught, how teaching and learning is done for all students in public schools is the way to start fixing this issue.
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