Tim Skubick: State now color coding school performance - FOX 32 News Chicago

Tim Skubick: State now color coding school performance

Posted: Updated:
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

There they go again.  The Michigan Department of Education is once again making decisions at the top of the education pyramid and foisting them upon the poor schools at the bottom of the heap.

Effective today a new color code is in place known as the Michigan School Accountability Scorecard. Oh boy.

This is to show how well every school is doing.  Seems the old system wasn't working as parents apparently  couldn't figure out why their child was not getting scholarship offers from Harvard.

So the higher ups in the MDE decided that a school that is doing swimmingly well gets a green code, next is lime green, those in the middle get yellow, then orange and finally the dreaded red if they are flunking more kids that you can count.

Where were the legislative hearings or town halls on all this which is the normal process for setting policy?

And what if the schools in the U.P. don't like green? Maybe the schools in Traverse City prefer fuchsia? Don't they deserve the right to pick?

Better yet, why not have the kids and parents exercise their local control. Surely that could get this question right:  What's your favorite color?

Apparently somebody did not consider the fact that if you stick a child with the stigma of an ugly color, such as lime green, (ugh) imagine the impact that will have on the kid's self- concept which everyone knows must be natured.  Test scores will plummet as they labor under the "label" that will follow them the rest of their lives.

You can hear the kids from other districts taunting them by saying, "lime green. Lime green.  You guys are dumb as beans."

Accordingly in the future, job applications will ask for  your "color" disclosure.

And then there are the evitable law suits based on discrimination.  Parents who are colored-blind won't have any idea how their children are doing.

Somebody get the ACLU on the horn.

Actually if colors must be used, they could mimic the Olympics: Gold. silver, bronze and then find two more.  Blue and purple are nice don't ya think?

  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • Why the independent voters may decide the new governor

    Why the independent voters may decide the new governor

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:02:09 GMT
    The I's have it. Here we go with the popular wisdom schtick again. It says that independent voters hold the key to the outcome in the race for governor.
    The I's have it. Here we go with the popular wisdom schtick again. It says that independent voters hold the key to the outcome in the race for governor.
  • Back to school battle brewing in Lansing

    Back to school battle brewing in Lansing

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:47:57 GMT
    About 75% of the school children across the country are already in school but not in Michigan, where the tourism industry has convinced lawmakers to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day.
    About 75% of the school children across the country are already in school but not in Michigan, where the tourism industry has convinced lawmakers to delay the opening of school until after Labor Day.
  • House speaker candidates: Quit counting your chicks before they hatch

    House speaker candidates: Quit counting your chicks before they hatch

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:07:20 GMT
    There is a frantic game of "my list is bigger than your list" going on in this town as the two main combatants to become the next speaker of the Michigan House are trying to one-up each other.
    There is a frantic game of "my list is bigger than your list" going on in this town as the two main combatants to become the next speaker of the Michigan House are trying to one-up each other.
  • PoliticsPoliticsMore>>

  • Election info for 2014 Michigan primaries

    Election info for 2014 Michigan primaries

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-08-05 19:41:25 GMT
    Polls are open until 8 p.m.  Go inside this story to find out where you need to go to vote and get information on some of the top races and issues.
    Polls are open until 8 p.m.  Go inside this story to find out where you need to go to vote and get information on some of the top races and issues.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices