GUEST COMMENTS: FOLLOW THE MONEY AT PIMA COLLEGEby Lyn Olsen on Nov. 13, 2012, under Education
They weren’t kidding….MORE
The headline this past week in the Star confirms what Dr. Olsen has described in her blogs….of the deep dark hole into which our public educators and officials have fallen…in which money has become more important than the students and the community who are all too painfully aware of, and so this can only end in complete failure which is tragic because the public school system has served many people very well for many years, but perhaps it is inevitable that, like any other organization, public education too must follow the cycle of organizations which eventually ends in death.
What at Pima College adds up to $300 million in operating expenses at PCC? Just what are Tucsonans buying for that kind of money? Do the PCC board and office of the chancellor really have so much contempt for its students and constituents that they think they have duped them all with their marketing schemes? – The only people they have duped are themselves in that they believe nobody knows.
PCC’s student enrollment population ranks among the 10 largest out of the 1,100+ community colleges in the country. Yet, our state is on the bottom of the national academic rungs – rating 44 out of 50, which is exacerbated by the institution of the Prep Academy in which the college turned its back on the neediest, why I am not sure. Do they believe, as some educators do, that these people will never succeed because they are hopeless losers and so why should we try to help them, because any money and effort spent on them is wasted? This was Dr. Flores’ defense in the first community meeting for the elimination of the lower-level remedial courses (at that time the Prep Academy idea had not been born yet, but was born in the next community meeting). What this thinking does do is set the foundation for the downfall of the public school system by negating the essential reason public education K-12 and universities were created in the early 1900′s which is to provide an opportunity for education to all people, not the few hand-picked by the elitists in power.
We know that the statements of Dr. Flores and his questionable behaviors have shamefully filled our newspapers for over a year now – this is impressive that there are so many skeletons lurking in the dark shadows of Pima College, which makes one wonder what is next!? Yet, no one involved with these embarrassments seem in the least bit embarrassed which is clearly demonstrated in the Star article in that the old ways of Dr. Flores are still being executed, and yet those facilitating it remain seemingly incognizant, or uncaring, of their role in ruining the lives of their students and employees, as well as the community.
So, in this soap of dark shadows at Pima College, I can hardly wait for the next episode!