Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap

Have you heard about the regional Governor’s school PWC is planning?

Supposedly the school system will create a local version of Thomas Jefferson in Fairfax which will follow a  STEM program (science, technology, engineering, and math) of study.

At present the initiative is described as a joint partnership between PWC, Manassas Park, and City of Manassas schools, and will be conducted in cooperation with George Mason University.

Although still in the planning stages, the idea is to pilot the school with limited enrollment of 11th and 12th grade students who will attend the Governor’s school part of the day and a regular high school the rest of the day.

It was during the question and answer session following the presentation, when school officials got off the script, when the most revealing information was provided.

The program the school provides will focus on “environmental sciences”.

One parents finally asked, “What about the math and  engineering?”

School Officials responded ” A math head is a math head is a math head. What we’re going to want to do is back door them so they get interested in the math while  they’re ‘grooving’ on the environmental [science] issues.”

I gotta tell you that I’m kind of at a loss right now.  How much, exactly, is the county planning to spend for a STEM school that doesn’t do math or engineering?

The new motto for PWC schools – why do it all when you can get away with doing half…….


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