Ever since Common Core was introduced, one word has annoyed the hell out of me. That word is Rigor. This is the word the Delaware Department of Education uses on a daily basis. I hate it. Not only does it sound ugly, but it makes it sound like children are meant to be little worker slaves for these corporate education reform masters. The DOE continually believes that with enough rigor, all children can succeed. I’m sure when the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian Pyramids, and the Erie Canal were built, all the workers used rigor to get finished.
The DOE’s latest is more grants! To get kids ready for college, and use more rigor in middle school so they can take more AP classes in high school. I guess being a person is out of the question for Delaware students these days. Fun is NOT ALLOWED!!!! You must work, and sweat, and use RIGOR!!!! Here is the latest from the Department of Exhaustion….
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2015 8:36 AM
To: May, Alison (K12)
Subject: Seven districts earn state grants to support college readiness, access efforts
Contact Alison May (302) 735-4000
SEVEN DISTRICTS EARN STATE GRANTS TO SUPPORT COLLEGE READINESS, ACCESS EFFORTS
Seven Delaware school districts will begin implementing comprehensive, innovative strategies to increase college readiness and access with grants from Delaware’s College Access funds.
The strategies include getting middle school students ready to take advanced classes when they reach high school, increasing training for teachers of advanced classes, working with counselors on college access and partnering with community organizations to increase support for students.
The grants from the department’s Higher Education Office are part of a broad state strategy to increase college-going that includes the Getting to Zero campaign and investments in boosting success in Advanced Placement classes.
The Delaware Higher Education Office selected five districts to receive 2015-2016 Delaware Goes to College grants that were open to all districts and charters to promote their comprehensive strategies:
- Brandywine School District ($39,000) will strengthen its high school college and career readiness elective courses, expand its middle school course offerings, and provide training to middle school students and their families on how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, otherwise known as FAFSA.
- Capital School District ($68,600) will offer college transition seminars, hold a school-wide application week at Dover High, provide FAFSA training, offer freshman summer bridge programs and underwrite visits to college campuses.
- New Castle County Vo-Tech’s Delcastle High School ($14,800) will implement Project WIN (What I Need), a four-year program for first-generation college-going students, English language learners, males of color and students from low-income households focused on promoting academic success, college awareness and transition, and college persistence.
- New Castle County Vo-Tech’s Howard High School ($69,960) will implement “Howard Goes to College,” a multi-year program using college access, success and affordability metrics to increase college readiness and awareness. Howard is partnering with FirstGEN mentors (First Generation College Students from University of Delaware and Delaware State University), TeenSHARP, Delaware Technical and Community College, the College Board and businesses such as Barclays bank.
- Sussex Technical District ($7,521) will collaborate with StandbyMe, Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus and Lou Hirsh Consulting to encourage students who are eligible to attend college to enroll and show up on campus in the fall, dual-enrollment courses for career and technical education (CTE) majors, college and scholarship essay coaching, and education events for families and students in all grade levels.
Through a separate competitive grant open to all districts and charters, five districts received Advanced Placement Incentive Grants, including two that also received Delaware Goes to College grants.
- Brandywine School District ($20,990)
- Capital School District ($31,173)
- Colonial School District ($18,500)
- Delmar School District ($45,731)
- Milford School District ($11,120)
The districts will use the grants to provide teachers of AP classes with professional development and to increase the rigor of middle school courses to better prepare students for AP classes in high school.
Thank you Alison May, for letting hear the word rigor one more time. What I always want to hear at lunch on a Monday afternoon. I hope you have a rigorous day!