Teamwork will fix our schools

Published 8:02pm Wednesday, July 24, 2013

There is power in unity. Our board does not have a choice but to unite and confront our challenges together, particularly when one of our schools is categorized as failing.

Of immense importance is the fact that the failing school gets the students ready for our high school. When a school like R.B. Hudson is failing, a lot of families are affected; the school board is affected; the superintendent is affected; the principal and staff are affected. It is no good news when parents are pessimistic about taking their children to a school and teachers hesitate to take a job at the school.

I encourage the board and the superintendent to unanimously support the principal and the staff when they make requests necessary to combat this type of predicament. It is more of a corrective quandary at this point than preventive and as such, will require a lot of support from us.

Every necessary request from the principal and his staff must be given priority by the superintendent and us. If they need better math, reading and other teachers, we should respond. If the principal needs our support just to stay in the right direction, we must be willing to respond in the best interest of our school system.

Parents must let their children realize the importance of good education; it’s a route out of a lot of problems. Even If a parent does not comprehend a child’s homework, the child must still be pushed to do their homework or reach out to a tutorial program.

Every mistake a parent made that denied the parent the opportunity of getting good education must be discouraged.

Some mistakes, like dropping out of school, have actually made it difficult for some parents to adequately help their children with home work and other aspects that facilitate effective learning.

It makes sense to realize not all students have the luxury of educated and capable parents. I heard a story of a student who wants to be an ultimate professional, but came home, everyday, after school to a home that has no capacity to reinforce at least some of what was taught at school.

It is this type of story that desist me from quickly blaming parents when it comes to student achievement, particularly if all the information on the factors that affect the student’s performance is not readily available.

Failure is always possible when entities are divided, but unity is strength. Sincerely, self-centeredness and politics must be abandoned when any school in our system is either ranked in the bottom 15 percent of schools based on annual reading and math assessment scores, or has earned a “D” for three consecutive years, or has earned an “F” in student achievement scores, or is listed as persistently low- performing on the states School Improvement Grant Application.

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