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TACOMA: Raising funds won’t solve the problem

Letter by Ora Clark, Federal Way on July 30, 2012 at 10:52 am with 3 Comments »
July 30, 2012 2:36 pm

I noted an article about the formation of a fundraising group to help the school system, Foundation for Tacoma Schools (TNT, 7-23). Its goal is to raise funds help those kids struggling academically.

May I submit that no amount of money in and of itself will solve the problem?

If the teachers are frank and open, I believe you will find that something like 95 percent of the struggling kids come from homes where the parent(s) do little to encourage them or pay any attention to their school work. Usually these children are simply parked in front of a TV rather being read to from books.

Conversely, the same percentage of students doing well come from homes where the child has been read to from the time of birth on and the parent(s) are actively engaged in their scholastic life.

These comments are offered on the basis of my experience as a volunteer in the elementary schoolroom for many years. I watched many a child blossom simply because I devoted several hours a week to him/her alone. That was about all it took to give the child a tremendous boost in ego and self confidence. Usually that was all it took, they were off and running.

My suggestion to the foundation is to solve the problem of the disconnected parent. Then watch the child take off.

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  1. philichi says:

    If money was the issue with our public schools, the kids of Washington DC would be the smartest in the world. The most in the world is spent there.

    I am sorry, the whole system is set up to fail. This is now simply a cash to union issue. If a kid actually gets an education, that is a byproduct, not a priority.

  2. normajean says:

    Too much time & money are devoted to sports so kids can get a scholarship to cover tuition costs. A big wrong in my opinion. Children should focus on education period. How many students at the college level are so called passing their courses caz they are on the football team etc. How many of them lack the skills necessary to pen a letter without spelling or grammatical errors. I was lucky because I was not educated in this country & did not have to worry about the high costs of education. Priorities are all messed up here.

  3. mahinaokeiki says:

    I believe one approach the Foundation may take is to hire caring adults to work with students (one on one). This would, of course, cost money. Also ensuring children have access to preschool early in life would be a plus, and if they were to provide it to children without requiring the families to pay a tuition, that would mean the Foundation would need to spend dollars. Some good solutions DO require funding.

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