School Officials Reflect on Changes

By Larson, Kristin | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 20, 1999 | Go to article overview

School Officials Reflect on Changes


Larson, Kristin, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Kristin Larson Daily Herald Staff Writer

When talking about how schools have changed in the last century, former Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools Bill Thompson likes to recall his predecessor, the late W.C. Petty.

Petty headed county schools from 1931 to 1971, and saw a lot of change - from teaching instruction to the physical appearance of schools.

"But he always said, 'There's nothing new in education. We're still doing the same thing, we're just doing it differently,' " he recalled.

And Thompson, who wrote, "Whatever Happened to the Old School House," and "The Chronology of the Organization of Lake County School Districts," agrees.

"I don't care how you spoon it to them, whether you read books or do it through computers," he said. "We're still giving elementary school children the tools to use for the rest of their lives. They're still learning the basics - reading, writing, arithmetic and so forth."

Perhaps, but there's no doubt the face of education has changed in Lake County.

While computers and technology have greatly enhanced education, accountability has been a push in the last several years - with the state raising the stakes with a series of standardized achievement tests. And, large consolidated school districts are common.

Thompson said computer-assisted instruction is "a great thing," but it's not the "be all and end all."

"I think (computers) are a great extension for children," he said. "If you play around with the computers, kids are going to learn by accident all sorts of things. But I don't know what the carry-over is going to be, but it certainly won't hurt them."

Thompson said computers and technology are good and serve to enhance education.

"It's certainly money well-spent because they aren't going to go away," he said.

Ed Gonwa, the county's current regional superintendent of schools, said the push toward greater school accountability has set the tone for school reform in Illinois.

"I would say there's been more emphasis on educational reform," Gonwa said. "The purpose is improving student performance - that's the major thrust of this."

Gonwa said the overall aim of making schools more accountable for students' performance is to make sure all students who graduate are competent in a variety of subject areas. …

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