Open letter to Gov. Markell, and state legislators,

Well the state has been awarded it’s share of the RTTT funding to help Delaware’s schools perform better and prepare our children for college, and that’s awesome. But I have some questions about whether this is for all the students throughout the state or only for those privileged few. The reason I ask is we have continued to use the excuse that we are behind the rest of the world in math, science, engineering, etc.. To this end we continue to test our students and brow beat our schools for not performing well, and threaten to turnaround the lowest performers by firing the underpaid staff. Yet I have an example of how the system is flawed alot higher then our K-12 public schools in Delaware.
I have two young men that are 18 years old and twins who attend a lower Delaware public HS. They are straight A students; members of both the National and Spanish Honor Societies; attend college Math classes through Georgetown Del Tech academic challenge program. Both are involved in sports, band, work, and recently recieved their Eagle Scout awards. They have taken all Honors classes since middle school, several AP classes while in HS, and will graduate in May with GPAs of ~4.8. To this end they each applied to 5 colleges including University of Delaware, and they are looking at two different majors that will require post-graduate work later.
So here is my problem, how is it that 2 Delaware public HS graduates that are no# 2 & 3 in a class of 261 are having trouble getting accepted to any college they apply too??? Both are by your definition STEM students who have excelled at all the testing forced on them, and even got 5’s on the old DSTP. Heck, University of Delaware did offer the one young man acceptance, but guess what no money to help him attend! How do we continue to push the students of Delaware to meet the requirements for colleges when they can not either get accepted or can’t afford to go because of the exploding costs! These two young men have gone above and beyond what the federal and state governments are calling for because they want to learn, but now they get knocked back by a higher education system that places more emphasis on sports programs then academics!
Mr. Markell I know this was not your program to start, but how do we justify spending large sums of taxpayer dollars to send students through the SEED program for free when what many of them need is a real Vocational school as they don’t want to attend college! A two year college education unless its taken to a four year school will not help this countries STEM plan. There are many students who have taken the excellent education we have in our Public High Schools, and want to attend 4 year colleges who have the potential to advance our sciences but are struggling just to get in to a 4 year program let alone pay for it! Would it not be better financially for our state to take a lesson from business, and invest in the way that would best benefit all? Invest in say infrastructure by returning to a true Vocational education, and then in Future new products by making more money available to those going to 4 year educations and beyond!

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About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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2 Responses to Open letter to Gov. Markell, and state legislators,

  1. John says:

    Unfortunately, DE winning RTTT $$ just confuses and conflates many issues. The intent is good, the methods just don’t work. RTTT is a boondoggle in waiting for DE and it’s students.

  2. game says:

    Unfortunatly nowadays it requires cash rather than education to which basically limits the possibilities of gifted and upcoming scholars. Why is it we seem to punish the gifted yet overly wealthy and anyone with a handful of cash can simply bypass this tough setback we suffer.

    It seems a shame to limits a persons education dsue to lack of funds, more so when they are obviously talented, it would be far better to further there education which no doubt will benifit companies in the long run.

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