System cries out for reasonable actionPublished 10:08pm Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Not too long ago, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to renew superintendent Barbara Thompson’s contract for another three years. A statement that actually caught my attention in the report was this, “Representatives from the Montgomery area Chamber of Commerce and the Montgomery Ministers Union spoke Tuesday, urging that Thompson’s contract be renewed.” I strongly believe that the importance of these entities to education and to any area can never be overemphasized. We really have to realize that business and education cannot do without each other if a place is interested in the optimum harvest of all the good things that education brings to an area. We encourage the businesses and the area Chamber of Commerce to succor our schools with any reasonable means necessary so that competent graduates will be produced and hired by the businesses .The hiring of qualified graduates translates to organizational growth. No fallacy to the fact that today’s business with its increasing technology begs for well- educated employees.
I do not remember a representative of the Chamber of Commerce addressing the Board of Education, since I have been a member of the City’s Board of Education but I know they are interested in the improvement of education in the city because there wouldn’t be a justified reason not to be; regardless, I ‘m sincerely utilizing this piece to ask for their full involvement.
The Ministers, pastors, priest, clergy, preachers, etc. are God’s anointed people that should take genuine prominent role in the education of our children.Ocassinaly, the Board has invited a pastor to do the invocation for us before the meeting or work session but I strongly believe that their role should extend further. I do not know if Selma ministers have a collective body like Montgomery; if they do not, I’m sincerely using this piece to invite their collective involvement. The Board is not obligated to heed to their request but, if done well & with pure motives, their opinion is unlikely to be ignored.
We need partnerships that are spiritually rooted and business savvy to grow in this challenging time. Above all, we also need a meaningful and insightful coalition beyond Minister’s Union and the Chamber of Commerce. Considering the effect of education, we need the help of any person or organization who is interested in the growth of this area. We want to translate the benefits of the collaboration into tangible and productive educational gains. For example, Selma Early College needs the community’s help in order to continue doing what it does best- produce high school graduates who have already received college credits. We do not want to see such a beneficial program come to an end; rather we, as a community, have to work hard and ensure that it is a permanent and honorable part of Selma’s educational system.