Dr. Sharon Washington discussing Education on Fox 26 News
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Dr. Sharon Washington discussing Education on Fox 26 News


WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR KIDS MAKE CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY CAPTION SOLUTIONS, LLC WWW.CAPTIONSOLUTIO IVE IT THEIR LUKEWARM SUPPORT. BACK TO YOU.>>FORD, THANK YOU. THERE ARE MULTIPLE BILLS BEING DEBATED IN AUSTIN AIMED AT BEEFING UP EDUCATION IN TEXAS. DR. SHARON WASHINGTON, THEDER O EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IS HERE TO WEIGH IN WITH HER EXPERTISE. DOCTOR, THANKS FOR BEING HERE. OKAY. AS SOMEBODY WHO’S AN EXPERT ON THE SUBJECT, LET’S TALK ABOUT A BILL BEING PRESENTED BY O ONE O OUR LOCAL STATE SENATORS, REPUBLICAN DAN PATRICK, WHO WANTS TO DEVELOP DEGREE TRACKS FOR KIDS IN HIGH SCHOOL, SPECIALTIES AT THAT EARLY ON IN THEIR EDUCATION. DO YOU THINK THAT’S A GOOD IDEA?>>WELL, THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS THAT WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT TO DO WHEN WE’RE THAT YOUNG. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF WE KNOW WHAT WE WANT TO DO W WHEN WE’REN COLLEGE. SO KIDS CAN GET STUCK IN A TRACK. BUT THAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH IT. BUT I THINK THAT IT’S A FANTASTIC IDEA THAT THEY ARE SO OPEN TO OVERHAUL THE EDUCATION PLAN IN SUCH A BIG, BIG WAY. THAT’S AN INTERESTING THING. THE DEGREE PLAN IS YOU HAVE AN OPTION TO CHOOSE EITHER BUSINESS AND CAREER OR YOU CAN CHOOSE AN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT PLAN WHICH FOCUSES ON STEM, ARTS AND HUMANITIES OR THE DISTINGUISHED PLAN. THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS, AT LEAST THE OPPONENTS TO THE IDEA SAYS THAT MINORITY KIDS COULD GET TRACKED INTO THE CAREER AND BUSINESS PLAN. THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE IDEA SAY IT DOESN’T MATTER BECAUSE EVEN IF YOU GRADUATE WITH A CAREER IN BUSINESS PLAN, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET INTO ANY COLLEGE. I DON’T SEE HOW THAT CAN HAPPEN. THE CAREER INN BUSINESS PLAN MEANS YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE HIGHER LEVEL MATH AND SCIENCE.>>THAT’S WHAT I WAS GOING TO ASK. I REMEMBER, WHICH IS IRONIC, BECAUSE I WENT ON TO MAJOR IN A SCIENCE WHERE I HAD TO USE MATH, BUT I WAS A LAZY SENIOR, OKAY, IN HIGH SCHOOL. AND IN GOING INTO THE SENIOR YEAR, YOU HAD AN OPTION TO TAKE A CERTAIN MATH COURSE OR NOT. I OPTED NOT TO AND LATERER REGRETTED IT SINCERELY. FOR KIDS MAKING THAT DECISION, IF YOU SAY TO A 16-YEAR-OLD, YOU CAN GO ON THIS TRACK AND NOT HAVE TO TAKE CALCULUS, OR GO ON THIS TRACK AND HAVE TO BUST YOUR BACKSIDE, MOST WILL CHOOSE THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE.>>EXACTLY. HERE’S THE THING. TODAY WE ARE IN A KNOWLEDGE BASED D GLOBAL ECONOMY. FOR A ANYONONE TO THINK THAT WHATEVER TRACK YOU TAKE, THAT YOU DON’T NEED THESE HIGHER LEVEL MATH AND SCIENCE CLASSES, YOU’RE EITHER LYING TO YOURSELF OR JUST STUPID. BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE THOSE HIGHER LEVEL MATH CLASSES TO COMPETE IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY. SO EVEN IF YOU BECOME A MECHANIC, THE THINGS THAT YOU USED TO DO WITH A WRENCH YOU NOW HAVE TO DO WITH A COMPUTER. YOU NEED THOSE CLASSES.>>HOW DOES THIS CURRENT PLAN AS YOU UNDERSTAND IT COMPARE TO, LET’S SAY, WHAT THEY DO IN OTHER COUNTRIES? WE’VE HEARD ABOUT IN CHINA, A CHILD HAS TO TAKE A TEST AND BASED ON THEIR APTITUDE TOWARDS CERTAIN THINGS, THEY’RE CHANNELLED INTO CAREER PATHS FROM A YOUNG AGE AND DON’T HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE.>>>>RIGHT. THERE, IT’S VERY DIFFERENT. HERE, YOU HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO CHANGE YOUR PATH OR YOUR DESIRE OR YOUR WAY THAT YOU’RE GOING TO GO. HOWEVER, THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE THAT WE DON’T SEE IN PLACES LIKE CHINA IS THAT HEREE WE STANDARDIZE TESTS. SO KIDS GET TRACKED BY THE STANDARDIZATION OF THEIR TESTS. IN OTHER PLACES WHERE IT’S WORKING BETTER, LIKE FINLAND, THEY STANDARDIZE THE QUALILITY TEACHING. ALL TEACHERS GO THROUGH THE SAME PROGRAM. THEY STANDARDIZE FUNDING. ALL KIDS GET THE SAME FUNDING. WE DON’T DO THAT HEHERE. WE HAVE KIDS TAKE ALL THE SAME TESTS.>>LET ME ASK ABOUT THOSE TESTS. SEEMS LIKE EVERY TIME THE TEXAS CONGRESS IS IN SESSION, THERE ARE BILLS TO MODIFY, USUALLY REDUCE THE NUMBERS OF THESE TESTS THAT THE KIDS HAVE TO TAKE. DO YOU THINK THEY’RE TESTED TOO MUCH OR TOO MUCH EMPHASIS IS PUT ON THE TEST?>>THERE’S A LOT OF EMPHASIS PUT ON THE TESTS. EVERY FIVE OR TEN YEARS, WE PUT OUT A NEW TEST BECAUSE THE LAST ONE DIDN’T WORK.>>WE’VE GONE TO STSTAAR.>>EXACTLY. KIDS WERE BEING TESTED OVER A COUPLE OF YEARS BEFORE THEIR GRADE. IN TENTH GRADE, YOU’RE TESTED OVER EIGHTH GRADE MATERIAL. YOU SHOULD P PASS IT EASIY. IT REVEALED THAT KIDS WERE NOT ABLE TO PASS EIGHTH GRADE TESTS EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE IN TENTH GRADE. WE HAD A PROBLEM THERE. NOW THEY WANT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TESTS FROM 15 TO FIVE.>>WHATEVER MAKES LIFE EASIER AND EDUCATION BETTER IS WHAT I’M IN FAVOR OF. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS. WE’LL HAVE TO HAVE YOU BACK ON TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE ANSWER MAY BE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL

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