This very passionate letter to the editors came in to our email box today. I think the writer makes some very important points and I hope you will all join in a discussion as we figure out ways to "do right by our children".
These past weeks have brought to life the plight of the American public schools through several documentaries, Oprah, and NBC's Education Nation. I watched Oprah and her shows on improving the quality of education issues. NBC’s Education Nation can be viewed on the computer, as I have done after my son has gone to bed. I have heard and read differing views of the documentaries "Waiting For Superman", "The Cartel", and "The Lottery", although I have not seen them. As a former educator, I have seen all the movies about the woes of education, and have witnessed them first hand. I have agreed with some of what has been said by educators and "experts," while some of it has made my blood boil and left me talking back to the commenter or tv screen, even though no one can hear me.
I have so many questions going through my head right now, and I feel that we as a county, must act now, if we are going to get a quality person for superintendent to come aboard the crazy train that DCSS has been on and will continue to be on for as long as there are trials going on with former employees and about broken contracts. I fear that if we sit back and wait for the school board elections, that we may or may not get the change that many of us thirst for. We can no longer sit back, we must take action now. Cere's call to bring TP to Dresden and the district response has got me thinking that we can make even bigger things happen.
How can we make change happen, as our children cannot wait until a new superintendent is hired or for board members to put the education of our children first in each decision that they make are in place? How can we make DCSS a better place to educate our children, so that citizens like myself with young children want to send their children to DCSS in the future? How can we support our quality educators and keep them in our schools and classrooms? How can we be the REAL change that we want to see in DCSS? How can we let ALL of the children of DCSS know that we care about ALL of them and want them to receive a quality education? How can we be Superman for the children of DCSS?