Editorials from elsewhere
Unfortunately, many members of the Legislature appear less than enthusiastic about actually enacting ethics reform.
Indeed, Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Isle of Palms, told our reporter Jeremy Borden that “some of the nitpicking … is veiled opposition to the whole idea.”
The senator was speaking specifically about his commendable push for an independent ethics commission to investigate ethics complaints against members of the Senate and House.
It is difficult to justify the present process of dealing with charges of ethics violations: A committee of the House investigates its fellow members so charged, and a committee of the Senate investigates its fellow members.
Friends helping friends?
Or punishing foes?
Post and Courer
Some conservatives assert that it takes authority away from the state and local school districts (it doesn’t). Some liberals, including members of teachers’ unions, say it requires more work on the part of teachers and greater accountability for their performance (it might).
But the principle question should be: What’s wrong with setting uniform national standards for education? South Carolina has had an educational system with near-total local autonomy regarding curriculum for decades, and that has not produced an educational system that many states would choose to emulate.
Yes, school districts, local superintendents, administrators and teachers should have the flexibility to devise the best ways to meet the Common Core standards. But they need a touchstone, a common criteria to help them determine if they are giving their students the knowledge to compete not only with other American students but also students from around the world.
Common Core isn’t a shackle that will hold students back. It’s a goal that, with imagination and hard work by the nation’s educators, will help propel them forward.
The South Carolina House channeled its inner 11-year-old this week by moving forward with a proposal that would let local districts forgive inclement weather days if officials saw fit. …
If anything, a significant lengthening (of the school year) is needed. America continues to lag behind dozens — dozens — of other countries in student achievement results. Most of those countries enforce a longer school year than the 180-day year in place here in the United States, and while that’s not the only factor in improved academic work, it probably doesn’t hurt. But we don’t see anybody raising their hands to sacrifice summer vacations, and undoing a school calendar would take a gargantuan effort, so more school days are probably unlikely for the foreseeable future.
For now, though, let’s at least stay firm on 180 days. Kids need to be in class. Every day in class, especially around the time of state assessments, is vital. The picture of education in South Carolina is one of educational mediocrity (or worse). We can’t see how fewer days in school, no matter the curveball thrown at us by Mother Nature, will rectify that.
Food for Thought
• “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
• “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
1 John 4:11