Joe Webb writes that we need solutions to the declining enrollment within the Jeffco schools and predicts an additional reduction over the next few years that will reach 50% of the current student population.
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After then sharing numerous figures on the various segments of our population, I had expected him to summarize all of the shifts in family lifestyles caused by COVID that might account for some of the reductions in school attendance. For one: Might more mothers have dropped out of the work force to teach their own children?
Nope, Mr. Webb goes immediately to the conclusion that the once proud and historically respected Jeffco schools have now fallen on hard times and can no longer offer an education worthy of the citizens of Jefferson County.
Surely, Mr. Webb visited many Jeffco schools to witness this decline in instruction first hand. Are the teachers now unqualified and just going through the motions? Has he, clipboard in hand, examined content material and methodology to get to the root of his assertions?
Methinks, however, that Mr. Webb’s opinion was fashioned from afar. I doubt that he has attended many recent PTA meetings or visited a classroom for in-person assessment. Perhaps he is a part of the Republican right which warns the public of the fall of America because of what is being taught in schools: the scary “critical race theory” that virtually no one can define; or the evil books that are suddenly populating our classrooms; or the frightening and disturbing possibility that a student might suffer some discomfort while learning about our country. Hence, enroll your children at their peril.
The scare tactics aren’t just national. A prominent local realtor recently distributed a litany of societal ills to a number of civic groups and included the often-repeated claim that our schools no longer teach history.
There may be any number of reasons why enrollments shift over time. I think promoting nonsense can be one of them.
Ed Tyrrell, Arvada
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