Saturday, September 28, 2013

Parent University? CCSD Needs Truth in Labeling

Today anyone who has a child enrolled in the Charleston County School District may attend what the district bills as "Parent University" at Stall High School. The purpose of the gathering ostensibly is to inform parents of  "Vision 2016" goals and of Common Core strategies. Oh, yes. Breakout groups will discuss other aspects of education.

Nowhere in the district's press release does it mention the granting of advanced degrees. Who dreamed up this misnomer that conveys status upon a parent-relations ploy? Our district has lifted this idea wholesale from others as close as Charlotte and as far away as Boston. Do these people believe that parents will assume attending such a "university" will assist them towards a degree? Can we deduce that other CCSD descriptors are equally inflated in importance?

Here's a definition of the word "university" for the special attention of the district's chief academic officer:

u·ni·ver·si·ty  (yn-vûrs-t)
n. pl. u·ni·ver·si·ties
1. An institution for higher learning with teaching and research facilities constituting a graduate school and professional schools that award master's degrees and doctorates and an undergraduate division that awards bachelor's degrees.
2. The buildings and grounds of such an institution.
3. The body of students and faculty of such an institution.

[Middle English universite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin niversits, from Latin, the whole, a corporate body, from niversuswhole; see universe.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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1 comment:

Pluff Mudd said...

This is only a place to park some of the useless people in the administration that really have no other job. This would include people like Brenda Nelson. Their job is only sell snake oil to the public under the heading of Vision 2016 and the superintendent's "plan for excellence".

BTW, even with the low targets set in the Vision 2016 plan that is half way over, many of its goals are going to be missed. Parent University is a free lunch and that's about all that can be expected from CCSD.