Let's talk about River Forest schools

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As a mother of three children in the District 90 schools, I, too, was struck by Superintendent Hagerman's choice to leave for a more "progressive" school district [Ideas for River Forest schools, News, Jan. 12].

I would love an open dialogue among all stakeholders about District 90's overemphasis on repeated standardized testing, grading, homework and data-driven matrices.

In fact, in connection with the recent screenings of "Race to Nowhere," I proposed just that.

For now, District 90 does not agree — they don't have time for more dialogue, they say. In my view, as I reported on (yet another) survey, we are raising future leaders not widgets. I am unaware of any job that requires one to take tests for a living.

Thanks for your challenge and reminder to us all, to constantly reach higher — our children deserve it. I opened a Facebook page entitled "River Forest Families Redefining Success" to jumpstart the dialogue.

Susan Lucci
River Forest

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Posted: February 7th, 2011 6:21 AM

Greg is correct - Hagerman has a history of using other Districts to pad is resume. Lets be honest. Before RF he was the Supt. in Oregon for 4 years, and before that, principal for 3 years - so he clearly has his own agenda. Again, nothing wrong with that - but that needs to be clearly known before everyone runs to support anything he says upon an exit interview. D90 has a SOLID history of producing some Great kids and performers. Need to be VERY careful when tinkering with success

Greg Lamacki from River Forest  

Posted: February 6th, 2011 9:36 PM

Really??? Open discussions starts with your name. BTW..I am sure your doctor barely got into school, did OK on their MCATs and got into the minimum of medical schools. Every professional is tested everyday and it is a good practice to start with our children in district 90. Why should we be concerned with testing as it is some sort of evil? It is also a valid point to question the motives of a short-termer with an agenda.


Posted: February 4th, 2011 9:00 PM

Tired empty complaints. Neither Greg or OPRF had any name calling or pettiness in their responses. If you want to debate - please get your facts straight. Thanks

Really? Did that just happen...again? from River Forest  

Posted: February 4th, 2011 4:43 PM

First, licensing tests are generally minimum requirements that say nothing about ones ability to practice law or medicine; they are toll fees for the state bars or medical boards. Second, regardless of Mr. Hagerman's motives for leaving, he raises a potentially valid point that's worth considering for the benefit of our children. And, third, name calling and pettiness never improved education or inspired a child to learn.

OPRF Achievment Gap  

Posted: February 3rd, 2011 6:44 PM

I agree with Greg. Mr. Hagerman left for the bump in salary - which we all know does more than the pay - it pads their Teacher retirement PENSION. Who in the business world gets Pensions like that. No one - only those that are covered by Taxpayers. He said he left for a district that already has - what D90 was working towards. Less work, more money - you can't say that in your interview - so you way what h

Greg Lamacki from River Forest  

Posted: February 3rd, 2011 12:54 PM

First, there are many jobs that require testing to obtain or retain. Doctors, Lawyers and Nurses are just to name a few. There are even more jobs that require periodic testing to obtain licenses or certification. Testing becomes more important the older you get. Secondly, it would foolish to take the leaving an over-paid career bureaucrat who spent 3 years in a position has some marker of a problem. He left for the money. His exit-interview was just self-aggrandizing blabber.

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