published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Cox to talk to Voters' League on Thursday
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING -- Superintendent of Highlands County Schools Wally Cox will address the Highlands Voters' League Thursday evening. As part of his presentation, Cox will show a stop-action short film entitled "The Ever Increasing Burden on American Public Schools."
The program deals with the mandates being levied on local school systems by both federal and state governments.
Author Jamie Vollmer contends that since the onset of the 20th century, America's leaders have viewed public schools as the logical place to select and sort young people into two groups -- thinkers and doers -- according to the needs of the industrial age.
It was at this time the shift of non-academic duties to the schools began and the trend has accelerated ever since.
"We are delighted to have Mr. Cox with us to make this presentation," said Nell Roberts of the Voters' League. "This, along with all the discussion we have heard about Common Core, make this a particularly important time for the superintendent to visit with us."
The Voters' League is one of the oldest groups of its kind in Highlands County. Speakers generally start with a short presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience to allow for additional information and clarification of issues.
Vollmer has spent the last 25 years working with school districts, education associations, foundations and chambers of commerce across the nation to halt what he has termed "the erosion of public trust and build support for America's public schools."
Cox's Thursday appearance comes on the heels of a Highlands Tea Party meeting where another educational issue, the Common Core curriculum will be discussed. Randy Osborne of the Florida Eagle Forum will be at that session to talk about the educational process that is being proposed for the entire state of Florida.
Critics have objected to the manner in which Common Core standards were created, adopted and funded. They further contend that the standards both are unconstitutional and illegal.
Moreover, they charge the standards themselves are complicated and some worry that Common Core may be inferior to some current state standards and are designed to indoctrinate rather than teach students.
Also at issue is the cost of implementing Common Core, which Osborne contends will strain states and communities.
That session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Homer's Restaurant at the Sebring Square shopping complex.
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