The Norman Transcript

November 5, 2013

Talk about being hypocritical


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

The Tulsa World and The Oklahoman carried an article this weekend regarding our state’s school grading system.

Now, folks, let me tell you I am no expert on how to best grade schools, but I do know something about people talking out of both sides of their mouth that I learned from my old grandmother.

The article below is a good example. I am repeating it from the Tulsa World, written by Kim Archer, World Staff Writer, to avoid a misquote: 

“Gov. Fallin counters critics of A-F system for grading schools”

Strong opposition to the state’s system of grading schools may hurt funding, the governor said.

Gov. Mary Fallin is warning educators that continuing public criticism of the state’s A-F school grading system may affect whether common education gets additional funding next fiscal year.

“It’s not helpful to anyone’s cause. It seems to be some opponents are absolutely bent on undermining the credibility of the entire system,” Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said. “The fact of the matter is this grading system, regardless of whether or not you believe it should have been put together differently, is the law.”

The Affordable Care Act “is the law,” so shouldn’t the governor address it in the same manner and not continue “undermining the credibility of the entire system”? 

Well, folks, this is good, old fashioned politics. Say and do whatever is necessary to get your way.

Now since the grading system is a school-related issue, what is state leadership teaching our youth? If you like the law, abide by it and threaten people (hurt funding) who don’t comply. If you don’t like the law demonize it and try to undermine it. The text book approach, of course, is to offer and promote something better in both cases.

My old grandmother would say this is a good example of people talking out of both sides of their mouth.

RICHARD C. HALL

Norman

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