Wiggling out of responsibility in Gulf County

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:59 AM.

Test scores indicate that attending GCSD is a dumbing down process after the 9th grade. Jim Norton has rejected the 21st Century Real World's Tech-sTem perspectives and practices in order to stay in his comfort zone hugging his 19th Century Trade School mentality. In the Real World's private sector, Jim Norton and his assistant superintendent instructional administrators would be removed for their inept performance. This may be the only remedy for GCSD. Perhaps, after the holidays. However, there may be another way -- underway.

In the Real World, School "STEM" and Tech "sTem" are only related by spelling. Tech-sTem is workforce related and can bring jobs to Gulf County.

Here's how --

Frank Brogan, Chancellor, Florida State University System, the Board of Governors of the Florida State University System, and the Board of Trustees of the new Florida Polytech University are considering a proposal to incorporate "Tech-sTem" perspectives and practices into staff and curriculum development at the new Florida Polytech University. Tech-sTem's perspectives and practices drive Silicon Valley and the 21st Century global economy.

This "opens the door of opportunity" for GCSD. There is no Tech-sTem teaching in Florida's K-16 schooling. GCSD can become the "model" K-12 Tech-sTem "prep" school for Florida Polytech. A direct Florida Polytech/GCSD connection could go a long way toward creating jobs-with-a-future for Gulf County residents and their children.

Mrs. Weston's third-grade science class at Wewahitchka Elementary School illustrates what a Tech-sTem class would look like. ("WES students study butterflies"; The Star, Dec. 6) The difference would be that a Tech-sTem class would choreograph the cogitative content of the incidental learning as well as the cognitive content of the intentional learning.

The Good Old Boys of Gulf County (GOBs) have in-hand a "Plan" for GCSD to become a "model" K-12 Tech-sTem "prep" school for Florida Polytech. The Plan is doable, affordable, and would enjoy the unqualified support of Gov. Rick Scott. Actually, the Plan is so doable and affordable that the only way it can fail is if the GOBs of Gulf County refuse to participate and lobby against it.

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