Sunday, August 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: We’d all have straight-A kids

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | April 04, 2013 |

PLEASE CLOSE THE GATE BEHIND YOU … we all know by heart the old saying mom and dad passed along about sticks and stones and broken bones, but we’ve learned over time that the part that says “words can never hurt me” is simply not true … words are powerful … words spoken harshly on a school playground are especially powerful …

So as the Great GATE Debate continues in our town, one thing is for certain: the title “Gifted and Talented” really must go … the actual program, or some version of it, doesn’t necessarily have to be scrapped, but that onerous and elitist phrase is offensive even to some of the parents who have kids in GATE …

Since the school board has yet to adopt my suggestion of a five-tiered division of our children, ending with “Dull but Charming” on the lowest educational rung, it’s time for another bite at this elusive apple … what I’m now advocating is that we go about labeling our kids the same way folks in Texas divide up their high school football programs … you know, Class A, Class AA, Class AAA, Class AAAA and Class AAAAA … and never mind that no one outside of Austin, Houston or Amarillo know which category is which or which is the most prestigious, it works because every high school football player in Texas can honestly say he competes at a level with the cherished letter “A” in its name …

Professional baseball long ago did the same thing, dividing its minor leaguers into A, Double A and Triple A levels before hitting the majors … even the NCAA, afraid of hurting anyone’s feelings, divided its college football divisions into I-A and I-AA to keep everyone thinking they had hit the big time even when they hadn’t …

If Davis decides to adopt the A, AA and AAA model for its academic caste system, every school kid can happily go off to the family reunion in Montana and look his relatives squarely in the eye as he excitedly says “Grandpa, Grandma, I tested into the ‘A’ group at school” …

WORDS OF WISDOM … when I polled our various school board members on the proposed reconfiguration of Davis High School into a four-year institution, Sheila Allen was short and to the point in her response … noted Allen: “I have not been presented with compelling fiscal, academic, social or developmental information that shows we need to make a change. I do have sufficient information to show that we do not have adequate facilities to support such a move. I also have plenty of personal information to know how incredibly difficult school closures can be.” …

And, the frosting on the cake, “I have never had a problem with Davis being different than other places.” … amen to that, my friend …

THE READERS ALWAYS WRITE … Tim in North Davis asks “Has anyone thought to ask the kids what they want?” when it comes to reconfiguration … “Kids grow up too soon anyway. Why push them out of childhood even faster?” … the reason we keep hearing, Tim, is that’s the way other districts do it and Davis must follow the leader …

Just getting warmed up, Tim adds “This town, as much as I love it, seems to have a long track record of a deceptive operating philosophy that leads voters and taxpayers down shifting paths of sand. Water rate structures that can’t reveal how much a gallon of water will cost, horse farms that become housing developments, athletic fields with shortened life spans, school funding initiatives that can’t keep their promises, ever-changing building codes that are often impossible to clarify, new restrictions on previously permitted wood stoves, etc.” …

Would you like to file a grievance, Tim? … sounds like you may have a case here …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Davis audience hears from civil-rights hero

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Legislators wrap up with water, ethics, guns bills

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Bob Dunning: This new kid might have a future

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Five U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Rotary clubs offer Davis High students some life lessons

By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Robbery, pursuit in Central Davis lead to one arrest

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

Bauer garden marks one year

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Dinner will raise funds to help farmers in Burkina Faso

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Walkers welcome to join Sierra Club outings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Beamer Park featured at Stroll Through History

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Yolo Federal to hold photo contest

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Katehi will speak at Chamber’s community luncheon

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Bean Feed supports for Yolo Democrats’ activities

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Tuleyome Tales: Be safe on wilderness trails

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Small wineries suffer big losses in quake

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Grande site has been a convoluted saga

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

 
Say goodbye to summer with a ‘Final Blast’ at Explorit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Bay Bridge project’s rainy-day money is nearly gone

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A15 | Gallery

.

Forum

Already made herself at home

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Ad-free email? You can still find it at Davis Community Network

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

Keep our green waste piles

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
How to make a good living

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Nate Beeler cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

 
Changing local election dates benefits Democrats

By Tom Elias | From Page: A10

City panel working to tighten scrutiny of taxpayer dollars

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

 
Try round-robin storytelling at crafts fair

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

Speak out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
Health problems mean he’s checked out

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A14

Marriage doesn’t mean we agree on everything

By Marion Franck | From Page: A14

 
This epidemic should scare us

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

.

Sports

New coach, new tougher league for DHS football

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Coach likes what she sees from Devil field hockey squad

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

UCD notebook: Coaches positive about FCS schools ‘playing up’

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devils open with an impressive volleyball victory

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Stanford scores early, often in opener versus UCD

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Aggie harriers secure season-opening sweep

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: Cats win late to pull even with Aces

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Comings and Goings: Is fro-yo craze melting?

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Sutter Davis Hospital honored again as a ‘best place to work’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13

Community pools its purchasing power to reduce the cost of solar

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20

 
Engage3 attracts investment for shopping app

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A20

California growers can use MBI’s new bioinsecticide

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20

 
Sudwerk, Davis Food Co-op join for ‘co-hop-eration’ brew

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20 | Gallery

.

Obituaries

Wanda P. Daley

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8