Monday's post in the blog "written" by Mayor Slay was the Mayor's To Do list for this year.
The list (sans the honorable mentions section):
•St. Louis public schools [My italics]
•City services and finances
•City pension funds
•St. Louis Centre
•Mississippi River Bridge
I find it interesting that "The Riverfront" is listed first, and the schools come after it. That pretty much says it all.
I should start taking bets that there will be a silly, unnecessary little artificial island in the middle of the Mississippi before Roosevelt High School is a safe place again.
I should start taking bets that the ridiculous swimming pool in the middle of the silly island will be complete before teachers at Washington and Euclid Montessori schools start receiving proper Montessori method teacher training again.
I should start taking bets that the ridiculous island and its silly swimming pool will have their grand opening ceremony long before SLPS regains the accreditation points it had before Slay took office, and before SLPS students ever get the chance to appreciate a curriculum that is not based around obsessively preparing for standardized tests.
If I actually put money on this stuff, my guess is I could make enough money to pay off most of my mortgage.
But who knows, maybe 2006 will hold positive surprises for the SLPS. Let's hope so. Nothing is going to change until the schools are viewed as the top priority, rather than just a public relations issue.