While the teachers seem well paid, it is a bare bones approach to education. “When you look at the staffing ... we have everything from custodians to people who mow the grass to counselors, and English as a Second Language and special ed teachers,” IT specialists and cafeteria workers. “Their staff is primarily teachers and administrators. Their buildings aren’t in the best of shape.”
When comparing the two school systems, “I believe there are pros and cons for both. Regardless, our students must compete with other students from around the world and it is our responsibility to ensure that their preparation is adequate.”
The tables will be turned Nov. 11, when a Pinghu, China, high school principal and English teacher tour Batesville schools with Roberts. According to him, “They are interested in adapting their system” to produce students who are more creative, know how to solve problems and think critically.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
How the trip was funded • The Batesville Community Education Foundation contributed $2,200 and BCSC $1,700. Roberts paid $500 more for a preferred single room.