Education

McKenna: Of our race-obsessed schools and special populations

The Cherry Creek School Board meeting in April featured a strategic plan update on special populations by Dr. Tony Poole. Those not steeped in the priorities of the school board and Superintendent Chris Smith might think it wise to fixate on “disproportionality” as Dr. Poole does; but that fixation does not seem to be improving proficiency in reading or math, where half the district’s students do not test at grade level. Or much else.

Why don’t U.S. medical schools produce more medical doctors?

What would happen if the U.S. military needed 1 million people in the Armed Forces but decided to cap domestic enlistment at 750,000 U.S. citizens and to recruit the rest abroad? Or what would happen if U.S. policy was designed to import 25 percent of its lawyers or teachers from elsewhere in the world, not because this country lacks people who are interested in and capable of pursuing those professions, but simply because the U.S. would rather hire foreigners for those jobs? That would be absurd—and it happens to be exactly how the system for training and hiring doctors in America operates today.

Brauchler: How best to protect our children in school

In a more perfect world, we would not know the name Kendrick Castillo. In a more perfect world, the only son of John and Maria Castillo would be starting a career in robotics after graduating college, driving his jeep all over, attending church with his parents, maybe spending time with someone he met and was sweet on, and generally living the promising life of a man in his early 20s.