I was once told by a very smart person that, "the problem with public education is public apathy."
I thought that was a crazy statement at the time, but am beginning to realize it may be true.
Have we reached a state of complacency? I can't believe that we don't care.
My grandmother never had an opportunity to attend school beyond the 8th grade. She lived in an agricultural community, and her family had no expectation that she would ever need much beyong the "Three Rs." Too bad for my grandma, as she wanted to be a Nurse, and literally begged for the chance. She went on to run a small business, and retired in some comfort with a "nest egg," a car, and a home of her own. Not bad for a Russian immigrant who literally was born in a field.
But, she was denied access to higher education, which she craved.
Public education is important, because as a society, we have embraced the idea that all who desire an education should be included.
The taxpayers of the BHSD provide premium funding to our school district, one of 550 in our state. We expect top-ranked academic programs and want our education outcomes to be the best in the state.
I think that, given those expectations, it would be wise for our board to consider every action, decision and expense with this thought: How will this improve the academic achievement of our students?
This sort of "filter" might help us all focus on the purpose of public ed in general and of the top-funded school district in this state: We want to graduate students who are as well-prepared for college and careers as they can possibly be.