HISD and the Fight for Better Education: Addressing Fundamental Needs

By: Ronin Solo

The struggle for better education in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) is a multifaceted challenge, one that encompasses a range of issues. From poor educational culture to lack of parent involvement, and even student apathy and entitlement, there is a lot to contend with. However, one critical element that can’t be overlooked is the pressing need for mental and physical health support in inner-city schools. These institutions require onsite counseling and medical support, rather than solely relying on school nurses. Moreover, it’s high time to end the constant blame of children for learning disabilities and mental illnesses until a proper diagnosis is made. In this article, we will explore these essential aspects of the fight for a better education in HISD.

 

  • Poor Educational Culture The poor educational culture prevalent in many HISD schools is a deeply rooted issue that has evolved over several decades. It’s a result of historical neglect, systemic challenges, and mismanagement. This issue has led to inadequate teaching, particularly in subjects like math, English, writing, and reading. The consequence of this poor foundation is reflected in students’ underperformance and unpreparedness for higher education.
  • Lack of Parent Involvement Effective parent involvement is pivotal for improving education in HISD. Parentteacher conferences are essential for building a supportive environment in which educators and parents work together to enhance a child’s education. However, many schools, especially in underserved areas, suffer from a lack of participation in PTA/PTO activities or the absence of these organizations altogether.
  • Student Apathy and Entitlement In some cases, students exhibit apathy and a sense of entitlement, which can hinder their learning. To address this issue, we must cultivate responsibility and a strong work ethic among students. This approach can contribute to improved academic performance and foster a more conducive learning environment.
  • The Need for Mental and Physical Health Support One aspect often overlooked in the quest for better education is the need for comprehensive mental and physical health support in inner-city schools. It is crucial to provide daily onsite counseling and not just rely on school nurses. Many students in these schools may be grappling with various emotional and mental health challenges, which can significantly affect their ability to learn. Addressing these needs is paramount for student well-being and academic success.
  • Ending the Blame Game Another issue that cannot be ignored is the tendency to prematurely blame children for learning disabilities and mental illnesses. It is essential to avoid stigmatizing students until they receive a proper diagnosis. Early identification and intervention can make a significant difference in the lives of these children, helping them overcome hurdles and reach their full potential.
  • The Need for a New Education System (NES) In the face of these challenges, HISD has recognized the need for a transformative solution. The introduction of the New Education System (NES) is a proactive approach aimed at equipping elementary school students with fundamental skills they often lack when they reach middle and high school levels. This early intervention is essential to break the cycle of underperformance and prepare students for a brighter future.
  • The Role of Parents Parents must play an active role in their children’s education. This entails understanding their children’s educational deficits, regularly checking their grades, and participating in conferences with local school educators. Collaboration between parents and educators is vital to bridging the gap in what is sometimes perceived as an educational desert.

 

Conclusion The challenges faced by HISD schools are deeply ingrained, but they are not insurmountable. In the pursuit of better education, we must recognize the profound impact of these problems and address them holistically. Implementing the New Education System (NES), enhancing parent involvement, providing mental and physical health support, and avoiding unfounded blame are all vital steps towards brighter educational prospects for students in HISD, irrespective of their backgrounds or the obstacles they face. By addressing these crucial aspects, we move closer to providing the wellrounded, supportive education that every child deserves.

 

October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com

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