As an old-school dinosaur, I know better than to think I will see eye-to-eye with the highly progressive humans of Santa Fe. But I confess my little arms shook and a growl escaped my sharp teeth when I thought of the school board’s 3-2 decision in February to raise property taxes for education. Everyone wants to support better schools. A dinosaur wants to ask: What specifically makes a school good?
My elementary school provided a first-class and free education for the children of our mostly immigrant, working-class neighborhood. The building (still in use today) was constructed in 1910 and textbooks were more than two decades old. We students sat at immovable, lift-top desks and had cloakrooms for our cloaks. By devising a triple session, Incarnation School managed to teach 1,400 children in a building intended for 800 students.
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