City would be better off if officers were educated
The State Education Department has now issued the 14th or 15th possible scenario for a student to graduate from high school. It used to be either you passed or you didn’t. Now there are conditions that include such situations as: if a student gets a 47 percent on an exam, but another exam was scored 65 or higher, the 47 percent is an acceptable score and satisfies a condition for graduation.
The latest level of possibilities allows a student to graduate from a New York State school at a district superintendent’s discretion if the student has passed courses in English and math only, disregarding any other level of achievement in other courses.
The watering down continues while the stakes for teachers increase, but that’s another tale.
Continuing the watering down theme, the Buffalo Police Department has decided that candidates for police officer no longer need to go to college.
Here’s my observation and opinion of those who worked in schools, some with college background and some without. For the most part, those who attend college, whether matriculated or not, tend to have a more open mind, are more tolerant of differences and have increased background knowledge. They tend to have a more global view that begets understanding.
Those who do not enter college are good citizens, but their views tend to be limited to their immediate surroundings and concerns and have not been exposed to a multitude of opinions. Especially now in our digital world, candidates can select what they want to pay attention to in media day to day. College study would have forced them into other venues of thought.
Those with less knowledge might be easier to control, or maybe not. But I would like to think that those who protect me and have power over me would have a little more information to bank on in making decisions.
Jack A. Agugliaro