Thursday, February 17, 2011


THE UTB/TSC DIVORCE MUST HAPPEN - BUT BE ADVISED THE CHILDREN WILL BE HURT AND CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE -UTB STUDENTS WILL SUPPORT DR. GARCIA, AND TSC STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS WILL JOIN THE DEMAND FOR A DIVORCE - WHAT EVERYONE MUST REMEMBER IS A SOLUTION MUST NOT LEAVE ANY OF THE STUDENTS HANGING WITH NO OPTIONS - CHILDREN ARE NOT PAWNS IN THE DIVORCE

We are at the 11th hour.  I have no idea what is going to happen.  If the trustees understand the fundamental difference between a community college and university, TSC will be restored to previous status.  If the trustees fail to do this, Brownsville and Cameron county will suffer for another generation without a desperately needed community college.

My long-term readers know I have been very specific about the courses and teachers.  A university president will never give the attention needed to TSC type courses.  This is why at this level there are so many problems.

I remember talking about the computer training course required of all students.  It was a course packet bought by the university so the instructors did not have to teach.  The textbook was originally written in another language and then translated into English.  Entire sections were incomprehensible.  The packet included prepacked tests.  I took some of the questions to Microsoft and they agreed none of the options were correct.  The authors would ask questions like "under program xyz how do you ............?"  Microsoft informed me the in some cases not only were all of the options wrong, in some cases the program could not do what the author of the test was suggesting.

So how did this happen?  No one was in charge.  The vendor sold a bill of goods to the department chair and the department chair bought the program and then had the students pay a fortune a worthless textbook.

Stuff like this happened because Juliet Garcia did not give a crap about freshman and sophomore courses.  There was no attention to the detail to insure the students were getting the support they needed.

I have discussed the problems in the medical training program in detail.  I remember consulting with a doctor and being told the way the medical terminology course is being taught is designed to fail the students and not teach.  I remember he told me most doctors he knows never would have passed the way it is being taught.  The students who are passing are passing because old tests are sold on campus and the students fortunate enough to be able to afford the tests are passing - the rest are failing. 

Again Juliet Garcia did not care.  She was not there to support the TSC mission.  We now have thousands of children saddled with student loans and no job training.

It is time for the divorce.  We need a TSC president who is going to proactive to clean up the mess which now exists in the freshman and sophomore course.  We need a president who will look to the needs of the community and create new course offerings which will provide meaningful job training.   My long term readers know how I feel about robotics.  This is the future which is already here, in manufacturing.  TSC has nothing in the way of job training in this area.

BUT WHAT EVER HAPPENS IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT TSC

There are a lot of UTB students concerned that the divorce will hurt their ability to complete their programs.  This is why I support not only the divorce, but the lawsuit to recover the $10 million owed to TSC along with a claim of racial discrimination.  The racial discrimination  component will embarrass UT.  They will have no choice but to properly fund UTB.  This will protect not only the students already studying at the university level, but the interests of the community in terms of having a university.

INTELLIGENT LEADERSHIP

The process I have outlined is a win, win for both TSC and UTB.  What Juliet Garcia wants is a win for her and UTB.  If the TSC trustees show leadership and vote for divorce and litigation, Brownsville can have both TSC and  a properly funded UTB.

It is a mistake for the board to view this as strictly anti-UTB.  Real leadership will present a plan which protects both sets of students and the community.

I can only hope the TSC trustees can see that through divorce and litigation Brownsville can have both institutions. 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. My concern, however is contained in your following sentence.

"Real leadership will present a plan which protects both sets of students and the community."

One looks in and around this communities' civic entities and finds no "real leader". Here's to believing the individuals involved in this issue prove me wrong.

BobbyWC said...

You are right about the leadership issue -

I really want Brownsville to boycott the mayoral race - we are in a crisis at TSC and BISD and to a person none of the mayoral candidates have an opinion

You cannot be an effective mayor when you have no opinion on education.

You are correct there is no leadership

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

A boycott would be the principled action but it's a Catch 22. A vote for the current crop of mayoral candidates or a boycott of them all would produce the same result.....the Status quo.

BobbyWC said...

You are correct excpet one thing - if we do nothing absolutely nothing changes - if we boycott it may send a message to other people in the community we are tired of cowards running for office and will support someone who is willing to speak-up for the people

I am willing to gamble on the positive message a boycott would send to future political candidates

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Point taken.

Anonymous said...

it is time for change. juliet must go.....tah tah ...now see who will pay for your gardeners and maids, etc.

get lost!