YellowJacket 1983 
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Re: “Separate and Unequal at Berkeley's Small Schools

As a BHS graduate, I read the article with great interest. It is unfortunate that a week after the story appeared so many corrections had to be made. But some of the comments made here, and made in the story, seem to ignore the main issues. The job of the journalist is not to solve educational problems that have existed in Berkeley and elsewhere for decades. Rather, the purpose of the story appeared to be to highlight educational abuses, coverups and hypocrisy. If severe grade inflation is occurring, if teachers are being pressured into changing grades, and if students are being manipulated into taking political sides during class time, these are all very serious concerns, and need to be investigated by the administration. But where was the evidence that the journalist ever talked to the administration? Or board members? Did she? If not, this was a serious omission. If she did, and they didn't make themselves available, then this should have been noted. The administration should have been asked directly if they were aware of all these issues and what they were doing about it. In addition, the story failed to provide actual demographic information on the makeup of the small schools versus the large schools, or AP passage rates. This information would have been interesting and helpful to the overall understanding of the problems.

Posted by YellowJacket 1983 on 03/19/2009 at 11:07 AM

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