Let's get real-world!

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM.

By the 9th grade, high-achieving boys are almost nonexistent. GCSD's gender-based schooling is absolutely unconstitutional. GCSD's gender-based schooling bias can be confirmed both statistically and scientifically.

When the rubber meets the road for GCSD graduates in the real world, they skid off the pavement. Of the "hundreds" of applications received by Eastern Shipbuilding from Gulf County residents they found "two" applicants who qualified for training. They offered both a job. One showed up. A rep from St. Joe Co. reported this fact to the Port Authority Board. It gets worse.

It looks like only 30 percent of GCSD high school graduates are awarded W0 or W6A unrestricted 1960's style high school diplomas. Florida has fifteen levels of high school "diploma/completion" awards. Unlike a diploma, a "completion" award means that the student spent the time but must pass remedial classes before they become eligible to attend a community college as a community college student. Apparently, all GCSD seniors get to walk across the "graduation" stage.

The worst is yet to come. The majority of GCSD graduates may not be fit for military service. Apparently, only 40 percent of GCSD graduates can pass the AFQT with a 3A plus score, and less than 30 percent can score high enough on the AFCAT to enlist in the Air Force. The Coast Guard is out of the question for 80 percent GCSD graduates. Thanks to GCSD, military service is not an employment opportunity for the majority of GCSD graduates. And, the GOBs of Gulf County intend to keep it that way. Jim Norton seems to have no respect for his Oath of Office and GCSD's U.S. Constitutional obligation and responsibility, as an egalitarian government agency, to "provide for the common defense".

GCSD may ask for additional funding this Spring. It would be cheaper for Gulf County taxpayers to demand the installation of enterprise management perspectives and practices at GCSD and save their money. Taxpayers of Gulf County are getting no "bang for their buck" from GCSD.

Just for the record, the author of this letter has higher ranking teaching credentials, certification, and successful classroom teaching experience than the Superintendent, or any administrator or faculty member at GCSD. His qualifications to judge and critique may be reviewed at Retrac.com, "About the Proponent".

John M. Comer



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