Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Mike Kletch, and I have lived with my family in Fishers since mid-2006. Before that, we lived on Indy’s south side. My wife teaches in the corporation, and our three children all attend HSE schools.
I’m not sure when I first became aware of HSE 21, but since then I have had a lot of concerns about the program. I corresponded with Administration in late 2013, but the quality of correspondence and the answers received were unsatisfactory. When the topic of HSE 21 at the school board meeting was delayed from December (an evening meeting) to January (a morning meeting), that really bothered me.
I knew a lot of families that were planning to attend that December meeting in opposition to the program in December. A lot of stakeholders from various viewpoints felt their voices had not been heard over the prior six months. The morning meetings have relatively little public attendance, and certainly no participation from teaching staff that would be in school at that time. This seemed to be (and may have actually been) a tactic to deter or deflect public criticism.
The final straw was the series of parent info meetings in late April 2014 at the intermediate schools – the first tier for the iPad rollout. The format of these meetings allowed for only limited community feedback in the form of questions submitted on index cards. These could then be (and were) filtered, allowing only the questions that had pat, easy answers. The types of difficult, complicated questions and concerns that will be discussed here either could not be submitted, or were ignored if they were. There is too much of an “us versus them” mentality. Simply asking questions is seen as being hostile to the program, a behavior which all too often can turn into self-fulfilling prophesy.
If this program has any value or potential, it should be able to stand up to community scrutiny. I am not opposed to technology in schools, per se, but I am opposed to major programs and/or reforms that are not sufficiently justified in terms of purpose and cost, that do not listen to all stakeholders issues and ideas. There is a wide gap to close, but HSE administration can turn me into a supporter if my concerns can be addressed.
Please help me dig into this program in detail, help bring to light issues I have not thought of, and we’ll get to the bottom of it as a team.