Apparently, we have a problem with our school administration. To hear or read about what is and what has been going on within our schools is very disheartening to me.
Being a proud Alumni of our school system from 1966, it seems we may have lost a clear path to Educating our young, future adults.
My daughters and their children are also Graduates of this school system, so I think I may be able to judge how our educational system has been declining over the three generations I have watched go through our schools. Our young people go to 4 year colleges or a junior college and struggle, I mean find it difficult to succeed at a college level. We should all be up in arms about that in itself! I know the common argument is that Common Core or some State or Federal Regulation dictates how subjects must be taught, I believe this to be somewhat of an excuse. How can a teacher, who has been through college not know how to teach our kids what they will have to know to succeed at a college level? Not saying our teachers are not great, but we must do better. I do not believe our problem lies solely with our teachers, I have nothing but respect for teachers who must go above and beyond what they are paid to do for a job that most of us could not fathom or do!
To the point of my letter. It seems our Superintendent would like to move on. I have spoken to a few teachers, both past and present, and have seen many opinions about what is happening within District #301, this is very disappointing to me.
It seems we have had two school Superintendents who have used our school systems as nothing more than a stepping stone to the next job. Should we try to look within next time, if possible?
I guess this brings me to how we get in this situation over and over again? Our School Board has many fine people who serve unselfishly and give up their free time to help our schools and young people to better futures. I know many of them, and the last two elected are two of the best people for the job. My opinion is our school board needs a friendly reminder that our school Superintendent is their employee and should be led by our school board. It seems that we have let our Superintendents have to long a leash. We are losing too many excellent teachers to let this continue!
Not everyone will agree with my analysis but it is my opinion. My hope is that future Alumni of this school district will succeed beyond their greatest dreams, and I believe it starts with a new dialogue that will bring District #301 to be the highly respected district it used to be for more than just a great football team. Which I support with great passion!
Larry Bean, Tuscola