High School Teacher to Talk Education on C-SPAN; the Mandarin High Civics Teacher Will Be Interviewed about Current Issues

By Davis, Rachel | The Florida Times Union, July 30, 2006 | Go to article overview

High School Teacher to Talk Education on C-SPAN; the Mandarin High Civics Teacher Will Be Interviewed about Current Issues


Davis, Rachel, The Florida Times Union


Byline: RACHEL DAVIS

A Jacksonville high school teacher will be among 21 teachers interviewed about current education issues tonight on C-SPAN's Q&A program hosted by Brian Lamb.

Kevin Sacerdote, a civics and government teacher at Mandarin High School, was a 1996 fellow who worked for a month at C-SPAN headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The program airs at 8 and 11 p.m.

He was interviewed by the Times-Union on Friday.

What concerns you the most about the nation's public education system?

The belief that many citizens feel that public education is a second-tier educational system when compared to private schools. Yet some of these same people want to be major stakeholders in the planning of the public system [as long as their involvement does not necessarily mean that their property taxes will go up].

What role do you think magnet programs play in today's public education system?

Five to 10 years ago I was all for them in all kinds of areas, for many reasons from legal to specialization of the child. [After teaching at] our second academic magnet, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, for five years, I have changed my mind. I believe that the school of the arts and certain academies [are] still a great idea. However, I believe academic magnets have [drained] and continue to drain our other schools of home-grown talent at the neighborhood level.

How do you see the public schools and classrooms changing in the next decade? …

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