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Also a ranking of society

Congratulations to SPSS for its positionin the Fraser Institute's ranking of schools.It is a statistically oriented system and themedia look only at the final number.

Congratulations to SPSS for its positionin the Fraser Institute's ranking of schools.It is a statistically oriented system and themedia look only at the final number. Thefollowing information is from the FraserInstitute's website:

York School (Vanouver-private): Averageparents' income: $115,000; rank: 10

Lord Byng Sec. (Vancouver west):Average parents' income: $112,600; rank:8.5

SPSS (Dawson Creek): Average parents'income: $71,000; rank: 4.9

Prince George Sec. Average parents'income: $53,900; rank; 4.2

Britannia Sec. (Vancouver east): Averageparents' income: $32,000; rank: 3

University Hill (Vancouver, on UBCgrounds) is an aberation: Average parents'income: $55,900; rank: 8.4. Probably someof the parents are full or part-time studentson minimal income while working on theirMA or PHD. But that's a guess.

SPSS Principal Keith Maurer is quotedas alluding to lack of reading efficiency instudents coming from Central and expectsimprovement when the two schools areamalgamated. Where does reading efficiencybegin?

How many parents read to or with theirchildren? That's where it begins.The Daily News of June 24 has a frontpage colour picture of cute girls in shortskirts connected with grad activities; but asusual never a mention of the awards ceremonythe night before when the top academicstudents were given their scholarships and bursaries. I suppose math, science and English aren't sexyenough.

Teachers and administrators are toodiplomatic to say so, but obviously theFraser Institute's ranking of schools is alsovery much a ranking of the society inwhich the school operates.

Walter SchoenRetired Teacher