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Khal Spencer

Oh, Lord. First, there is nothing wrong with societal norms. Every society has them. You want to walk around with no pants on? The societal norms will catch up to you. Same with standards based education. If you want to get a job as a welder or a dentist or a nurse, you need to learn the skills. If you are drilling my teeth, I don't care about your ethnic background. I care about your dentistry.

Of course how you teach skills can be flexible so that you are not driving people away by being culturally insensitive or arrogant. That's another story and one that my wife, who taught ESL students, majority/minority students, Pacific Islanders, and others in the Univ. of Hawaii system can discuss better than east coast transplant, who barely learned to be a little bit kamaaina rather than a f**k*ng haole while in Honolulu.

John Hancock

I did not understand the article "Decolonize our education system". An example of what I am referring to is I do not know what the author’s definition is of “oppress” as it relates to students. One may ask me to look the word up, but I don’t need Webster’s definition, I need the author’s. Another example is, which societal norms and values is the author referring to? I have no idea. What, specifically, is this colonization? Forcing a certain political authority on the system? Colonizing by not teaching a certain language, or in a certain language? Teaching math? All, or none, of the above? Again, I have no idea. I might argue that our education system has been “colonized” by progressive dogma. If I did, I should be compelled to clearly state my reasoning.

The author sees a problem with our education system. So do I. Too many kids can’t read, write, or do basic math - a massive shame for them and the county. I doubt the reason is that the education system has been colonized.

Jeanne Diloreto

Empowering students & families by asking for their input on every major decision depends on HOW education leaders ask for this. If these education leaders are sitting in their air-conditioned offices with potted-plants and artwork on the walls and post 'open office hours' during regular 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for students & families to come in to discuss major decisions, this won't work. Ditto for meetings set up at schools, during or after regular school hours. Ditto for online or hard copy questionnaires and surveys. It's critical that these education leaders GO TO the young people and their families rather than expecting that they come to scheduled meetings or sessions or that they will respond to surveys or questionnaires. Go to their homes if possible. Education leaders get paid for the jobs they do. Will the students and their families be paid for their input? If not, why would you expect them to provide it for free, especially if it's so valuable? Provide incentives for their input. Start by convening focus groups that are made up of the these students & families to develop incentive plans.

"Ask families and young people what they want from schools" is simplistic at best.

'CLRE': unless this is an error by an editor, this is a no-no. Especially for anyone who has spent time in Washington, DC you know to never, never, never use an abbreviation without including what it stands for the first time it's used. I read this more than once trying to figure it out but was stumped. Check the Chicago Manual of Style.

Jim Klukkert

Thank you Danielle Gonzales, for a thoughtful essay, and especially for returning to live and work in New Mexico.

It is not an easy path you have chosen, but you know already how rewarding it can be!

Pay no mind to the curmudgeons who fail so miserably in their misguided critique [and that is putting their comment in the kindest of terms] of your work. You and your colleagues are the future; those nay sayers are busy consigning themselves to the past.

Matthew Brooks

Unlike Mr. Lucero, I found no signs of victimhood or ideology in this essay. Thinking about how to make education relevant, useful, responsive, and both humanistic and science-based seems like wisdom to me. Why not support this approach, and the critically-thinking young person who wrote it?

Jim Klukkert

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Andrew Lucero

What a bunch of Bovine Scatology! It’s because of fruit loops like this who perpetuate this false narrative of victimhood that kids can’t read and write worth a darn or do basic math anymore. They are not educating kids; they are indoctrinating them! Filling their heads with a bunch of Neo-Marxist garbage.

David Brown

Exactly right.

Jim Klukkert

Andrew Lucero- Shame on you for such a juvenile and insulting response. Really a great way to greet the young folks who will soon assume their rightful place restructuring our society.

Your just desserts will follow shortly....

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