About That “Civic Responsibility Class” in Public Schools Bill – HB 73

If only we could amend this bill and have current state lawmakers take the course and the standardized test that would come with it to measure their own civic responsibility.

Of course that standardized test score would go through a secret algorithm and then be translated to a data point to create an EVAAS score to subjectively quantify a value-added measure on how good of a person that lawmaker actually is.

At least that’s the way in works in schools now.

House Bill 73, AN ACT TO ENSURE INSTRUCTION IN CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY, looks more like a “DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO” bill.

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Will that geography component include an investigation of the gerrymandered districts drawn by current lawmakers to help ensure a lop-sided majority of one party over the other?

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There is a section on “Respect for School Personnel.

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“Demonstrating deeds” that would “treat” “school personnel with courtesy and proper deference?”

Sure. Maybe add these line items and it would go a long way to showing respect for the people that make public education possible:

  1. Get rid of the School Performance Grading System that measures achievement over growth
  2. Reduce the number of standardized tests.
  3. Restore graduate degree pay.
  4. Restore career-status and due-process rights.
  5. Increase per-pupil expenditures.
  6. Eliminate performance bonuses, merit pay, and other “incentives” for teachers and schools.
  7. Give the voucher system much more oversight since it is the least transparent in the nation.
  8. Fund and hire thousands more teacher assistants.
  9. Ensure schools have ample number of nurses, social workers and counselors.
  10. Restore longevity pay for teachers.
  11. Eliminate the ISD.
  12. Place a cap on charter schools.

Then there is a section on “Responsibility for School Safety.”

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A lot of school safety issues could begin to be addressed if there were more mental health and wraparound services available to students through public schools, but it’s the “resolution of conflicts and disagreements through peaceful means” part that seems to be a little contradictory here.

So a body that refused to pass the budget last summer through conventional means that would have entailed debate and amendments (nuclear option) wants school kids to do differently?

A group of lawmakers who held multiple “special sessions” and met behind closed doors to force legislation without discourse wants school kids resolve conflict in an age-appropriate manner?

Maybe if the NCGA actually practiced what it is “offering” here, then there might be a morsel of validity in it.

Next is a section called “Service to others.

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Visit most any school. Students are already doing service work. Maybe the General Assembly needs to look at itself in the mirror and actually see if it is doing the service of the people.

And to conclude, there is “Good citizenship.”

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Maybe we could add some video/audio components to this part to help audio/visual learners like the video of the hearings surrounding the voter fraud of Mark Harris’s recent farce of an election?

Maybe for some of our kinetic learners, we could do multiple field trips to help low-income people go out and use their God-given right to vote?

 

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