Of Geniuses and School Fire Drills
I guess we need to have a history lesson for some people. Aren't they making a movie out of the Our Lady of Angels story?
HOT OVER FIRE DRILLS Mon Nov 7, 6:00 AM ET
Education watchdogs in city and state government are hot under the collar over the number of fire drills required in public schools — and they want it reduced.
State law mandates 12 a year — and eight between the first day of school and Dec. 1. That means students practice the evacuation plan about once a week during the school year's first three months.
Lawmakers want that extinguished.
"The number of required fire drills is absurd," Eva Moskowitz, who chairs the City Council's Education Committee, recently wrote in a letter to her counterparts in Albany.
Once kids learn the drill, she wrote, repeating it once a week distracts from the learning process, and fails to "measurably add" to student safety.
While teachers hardly consider excessive fire drills a burning issue, most agree that the routine can dramatically disrupt the flow of the day. David Andreatta
This was from the New York Post.