Regarding the recent news accounts of Durham Public Schools Superintendent Eric Becoats’ travels and expenses and chairwoman Heidi Carter’s statements: Becoats welcomes talk about how to improve oversight of public money that he has already spent, and Carter cannot recall whether he sought permission in advance for the planes, hotels and minibars.
I wonder how my children’s Durham public teachers would react if the kids responded in the same way as these adults: Could my seventh-grader invite a discussion about whether a missed assignment was really due? Would my ninth-grader be able to claim she doesn’t remember whether she was told to do her homework? Would they be able to participate in an extracurricular activity if I asked that the cost be put on the school credit card and promised to pay it back later?
Common Core isn’t needed to know the answers to these word problems.