New Building Only Option Considered
Groupthink Shut Out Alternate Visions For School District
What started out as an idea to increase academic achievement at Emeryville schools morphed instead into a strange insistence by the polity that an expensive new building must be erected. The culture became permeated with groupthink after critical thinking was purged from supportive committees by the school board and the city council.
|Is this really the best way?|
|How about something different?|
Real Academic Achievement:
Small Class Size & Higher Pay For Teachers
In the academic community, as it turns out, there is no consensus on this Emeryville steamroller idea that it takes a new building to produce good academic results for students. On the contrary, most educators outside Emeryville say it's small class sizes that brings higher academic student achievement. Teachers are almost unanimous about this. Many also point to the need for quality teachers and higher teacher pay is a proven way to attract better teachers. Many academicians will say new buildings may help increase student performance somewhat but pale when compared to making smaller class sizes and hiring better teachers.
Center Of Community Life committee meeting
Now There Are Fewer Options
|We've put all our eggs in one basket|
In an alternate universe where dissenting voices were welcome in Emeryville, these other ideas for driving up student achievement might have been part of the dialogue, they might have saved the residents a lot of money and better achieved the goal of improving education at our schools. But back here on Earth, in this Emeryville, it seems the only alternative is their way or the highway.