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Taft High Wins Decathlon

Despite (superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s High School Division) Dan Isaacs’ comment (“This shows the kind of education that is possible in our district”)--all that Taft High School’s winning at the Academic Decathlon “shows” is what can be accomplished when a small group of students is tutored intensively by an expert hired away from a UCLA administrative post!

Turning a small handful of students into an academic attack unit is not my idea of education and, it has no relevance for the other 99.9% of LAUSD students.

Still, I’d like the LAUSD to hire an expert from UCLA--or anywhere else--to come to our school and tutor our students evenings, weekends, and during the summer so that I won’t receive any more 10th graders in class who read at 3rd grade level--or who are pregnant at 12 or 13 years of age--or who drop out all together because LAUSD hasn’t provided them with the background they need or the sense of success they must have in order to want to finish school.

EDITH POST

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