The vote this week to confirm someone as the Secretary of Education who has no experience in the public schools had me dumbstruck and confused. Why, oh why would the Senate do this? They almost didn’t but a first ever tie-breaking vote was made to approve her.
I want to give her a chance and see if she can bring something new to the discussion about education. I hope and pray that she does. I just am not sure and am concerned.
I want her to listen to the thousands of teachers, principals, superintendents / directors of schools, school boards, PTO and PTA members, parents, and others who have been working and supporting our nation’s public schools. I also want her to understand the importance, value, and need of the public schools.
I come from a long line of public teachers and am proud to say so. My grandparents taught in the schools as well as one of my great-grandmothers. My grandfather worked with special needs students and all students to have what they need to learn. My parents both taught. My sister is a teacher. I also have aunts and uncles, friends, cousins and others who are teachers or have taught. I have one thing to say to all of them, thank you!
I am a graduate of a public high school that provided wonderful classes and information. I went to a public elementary school, a public junior high, and a public high school. My school district was and still is one of the best around. I hope they continue to be.
Now, I am involved again in the public schools with my son now being a student. He loves his school, he loves his teachers, and so do I. They all want what is best for him and work hard to teach him, help him, and encourage him when he has struggles. They not only teach academics, but also life skills and values, and recite a pledge each morning to be kind, work together, give no put-downs, and do their best. This is said after the Pledge of Allegiance.
As you are aware, I am also active in his school’s PTO. I very much enjoy working with the school staff, administration, teachers, and parents to help our students. I will continue to do so as long as he is at this school.
Those of us who love our public schools should continue to fight for our students. May we be positive and support our teachers, our students, our principals and vice principals, our staff members, our superintendents and directors of schools, and our school boards. May we continue to have a wonderful public education.