During an emotional outburst at last week’s Albuquerque Public Schools board meeting, member Kathy Korte said she is “so goddamn grateful she (her eldest of four children, a high school senior) is leaving the public schools” system at the end of the school year.
On Monday, Korte said the remark was not meant to be a slight against public schools but was borne out of her frustration over the use of standardized tests in schools.
“That comment I made was in regards to the fact my senior is getting out in the nick of time. She’s not going to have take as many (end-of-course exams) as my fourth-grader,” said Korte, who has argued testing in New Mexico schools has increased too much.
Board member Don Duran said he doesn’t want to tell other board members what to do, but he thought Korte’s choice of language was poor.
Korte made the remark during a debate about whether the board should pass a resolution calling for the state to delay the use of its new standardized test, the PARCC exam, which will be given to students for the first time this year. Or to suspend the use of test scores in teacher evaluations. Or do both.
As a member of the Albuquerque school board, Kathy Korte should be somebody that students look at as an authority figure– do we need kids to have cursing as an example to them? Don’t they get enough of that in real life without another angry person leading decision-making in the school system?!
In a tweet from earlier this week, Korte encouraged parents to learn about social media, including a quote and reminded parents about the importance of social media in the lives of kids, “Our kids are growing up on a digital playground, and no one is on digital recess duty.”
If kids play on a digital playground, is Ms. Korte a playground bully? One would think Korte could demonstrate an ability to share her message without jumping to conclusions, calling parents she supposedly represents “whiny”, little kids she’s never met “jerks” and a state Representative a “traitor”.
Can the woman conduct herself as befitting a person who should be leading the school district by example?!