For Mother's Day this year, The Learning Curve asked six delegates to the annual Mom Congress to send us their educational wish lists. These "mom blogs" constitute an honest look at what's lacking in our school systems, a maternal reprimand of the current discourse, and a description of the dream school of the future.
“There’s no place like Wake County. There’s no place like Wake County.”
Somebody, please wake me from this nightmare, which features the elected officials in my North Carolina school district bullying, berating and bashing others without a thought of how their behavior impacts the school community.
In 2003, when I served as the Wake County PTA Council President, an award-winning character education initiative was embedded in the school curriculum. Our superintendent effectively led student achievement policies that offered choice and balanced assignments based on economic needs. In my neighborhood, parents could choose from six different elementary schools, including magnet schools and year-round options. It wasn’t a perfect scenario, but it was one that was moving our school district from being a really good one to a great one.
Like a tornado ripping through Oz, a change in the political winds is ripping our community apart. Gone are the days when community members could come together and discuss issues. This video shows how our community now resolves differences through protests, arrests and lawsuits.
The needs of our children have been lost in the political rhetoric.
My wish list includes Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, so I could click three times and have our community return to one built on trust, leadership, and respect. Dorothy’s basket would also hold:
A community outreach initiative that turns our schools into education centers that students can access after school and on weekends for tutoring and leadership opportunities. The media centers, gymnasiums and playgrounds would be open for use. Instead of developing more buildings, we would focus on helping children develop their full potential.
A way to strengthen a business outreach initiative to encourage more access to technology in the classroom and in the home.
A parent involvement initiative that offers parents and families the tools they need to effectively advocate for their child and their child’s school.
A youth leadership initiative that offers student s the opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process on class choices, assignment, and policies.
A new teacher initiative that provides opportunities for growth, leadership, time to teach effectively, and opportunities to participate in the decision-making processes.
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