Premont possesses priority problems

Premont possesses priority problems

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Editorial cartoon illustrated by Josette Adame

The TEA (Texas Education Agency) recently decided to give the Premont ISD a second chance to get its act together after threatening to close it down due to low student performance. Now there’s uproar about Superintendent Earnest Singleton’s decision to cancel sports for budget reasons and to improve academics, which we feel is the whole reason they’re in trouble in the first place.
School is for learning.
That’s the whole reason we have educational institutions. This nation wants everyone to have access to knowledge and the ability to expand one’s mind.
However, there are many students who take this for granted. The resources are there. Public schools provide teachers, learning curricula, free tutoring, after school programs, libraries and access to technology. Some schools even provide magnet programs (for those especially motivated students) and athletics (which teach teamwork and discipline).
Public schooling is not perfect. Sometimes athletics become the main focus instead of actual learning. There is no arguing in saying that the TAKS standardized test can be highly scrutinized. Nevertheless, there has to be a way to measure how students are performing. Of course, that means most of the school year is spent on teaching TAKS objectives.
One thing that is more powerful than the TAKS, and is more effective, is motivation. There is no point in having a kitchen full of ingredients if you don’t feel like cooking. Taxpayers’ hard-earned money goes into public schooling to send kids to school where they are exposed to many learning opportunities.
The State of Texas doesn’t even let students drop out of school before age 16,  because they want these resources to be taken advantage of. Teachers are fired if their students are constantly low- performing, but it is not always teachers who are to blame.
Parents need to be involved in their childrens’ education, making sure they know how they are doing in school. They also need to teach their children the importance of education so, as they grow, they value it and are self-motivated to do well.
In higher learning institutions and in real world jobs, no one forces you to do your work. Students need to learn to work toward their goals on their own.
What you make of your education is entirely up to you, it is a personal responsibility.
There’s no excuse for situations like the Premont debacle, especially in a country where most things are simply given to  us , thanks to our taxpayers.

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