It's hard, very hard, to respond with anything other scorn and ridicule to the incessant analyzing, speeches, meetings, focus groups, wailing and gnashing of teeth over the farce known as the Rochester City Schools.
A 46% graduation rate and only 5% of graduates ready for college.
All, and we mean all, of the efforts under way purporting to address the problem are every bit as unserious and useless as every prior effort.
It's not rocket science. If the City Schoool District were genuinely serious about turning things around, here's how they'd fix things:
1. Study any urban Catholic school in the country.That, and it would cost a whole lot less.
2. Note its curriculum, teaching methods, administration and rules.
3. Replicate that curriculum, and those teaching methods, administration and rules in Rochester's schools.
4. And then you'll be educating children again, not running a daytime holding pen.