To the editor:
Center Grove parents should consider some facts. The Daily Journal (“Push for college degrees helps students, workforce,” March 20) reported the abysmal graduation rates for Indiana college students: three in 10 enrolled at an Indiana four-year college graduate on time, and only half graduate within six years.
At two-year campuses, fewer than one 10 finish on time, and only 12 percent graduate within three years.
This means that many will be burdened for years with student loans without ever getting a degree.
Something is going very wrong. Indiana students are not prepared for college work. The answer is to add Advanced Placement and honors courses and to provide kids the path for success. This means beefing up elementary and especially middle school academics.
Center Grove should have a huge cohort of students prepared to do this work. In fact, the appropriate classes do not even exist at the middle school yet.
Parents have signed petitions, written letters to the editor and spoken at school board meetings. For years, the administrators at Center Grove have given short shrift to academics.
At Center Grove, sports is king. Librarians are cut; the superintendent salary is raised. Center Grove pays multiple coaches for sports; the national award-winning robotics club has one paid employee.
A budget is a moral document. It reveals the values of a community. Check out Louis Profeta’s excellent editorial in NUVO for a perspective on high school sports: “Your Kid and My Kid are Not Playing in the Pros.”
It is time to take a look at how we are preparing students for college and life. Center Grove, please do better.