Chal­lenged to work for bet­ter schools

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL - -John A. Mick­los, Es­sex

Ed­u­ca­tion con­tin­ues to be a main fea­ture, in our daily news­pa­pers and other me­dia, es­pe­cially where our schools are con­cerned. As stu­dents em­bark-on a new school year-the chal­lenge to im­prove our schools con­tin­ues in all ar­eas.

Af­ter all, in this day and age it is a must that the cit­i­zens of this repub­lic be the best ed­u­cated-if pos­si­bleif only for the sake of sur­vival. We have heard talk of a re­turn to the ba­sics, more dis­ci­pline, bet­ter teach­ers and merit pay. Cer­tainty, in ret­ro­spect, all these things are of value. Ed­u­ca­tion, which at one time was a priv­i­lege of a few is now the con­cern of all.

Schools con­tinue to im­ple­ment long-range goals to bring pride and ex­cel­lence in the schools. In re­al­ity, our schools can only con­tinue to im­prove when they are sup­ported by par­ents and the pub­lic be­comes fully com­mit­ted to help­ing im­prove our schools.

The chal­lenge to work for bet­ter schools can only take place; if par­ents in­sist that their young­sters be in school ev­ery­day-ready to learn. Fur­ther, schools can con­tinue to im­prove: if par­ents mon­i­tor the amount of time they al­low their chil­dren to watch tele­vi­sion shows, surf­ing the in­ter­net, talk­ing count­less hours on the phone-time that could be de­voted to study and im­prove­ment of the mind.

Fi­nally, the chal­lenge to work for bet­ter schools can only be­come a re­al­ity if all of us are aware that “schools can only do so much!” We can im­prove our schools not only with more dol­lars but also with a greater con­cern for our schools in the drive to­wards ex­cel­lence. In clos­ing, I feel that all of us, should be proud of the job the ma­jor­ity of our teach­ers and oth­ers are do­ing; in teach­ing and pre­par­ing our young­sters to live in a chang­ing, com­plex and chal­leng­ing world.

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