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Don't blame the teachers



While some reports might point to Florida's education system as failing students (think dropout factory paper of not too long ago), at least one unscientific study points its finger elsewhere.

Fort Lauderdale High student Christopher Olsen has spent 12 years in the Broward public school system, and he suggests that the problem is not with schools at all.

"I am now a senior in high school and I have found the Florida public school system to be remarkably comprehensive and decidedly effective," Olsen writes in an op-ed piece in the Sun-Sentinel.

Who to blame? The students themselves.

"If the excellent schools I have attended in Broward County (Fort Lauderdale High, Westglades Middle, Eagle Ridge Elementary and Country Hills Elementary) are representative of the education system across the state, then it is most definitely not the "system" that is causing lack of student success. Sadly, the cause is more likely student apathy toward education and possibly, just plain laziness," he concludes.

Thoughts, anyone?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:31am]


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