Providing a quality education for our children must be as high a priority as improving our economy, providing access to healthcare or protecting the environment.
How many more studies, how many more reports will it take for us as a nation, as a state, a city or local community to become invested in doing what it take to provide a quality education for our children?
This is a call for unprecedented involvement on the part of parents, religious, business and community leaders to get involved and help come up with a solution to fix our floundering schools all over America.
How can we expect to continue, as a nation, to be a major player on the world stage if we continue fail to educate a large percentage of our children, and prepare them to compete on that stage? We are currently lagging behind countries that are smaller and have less resources than we do. What is our problem?
It really is not about pointing fingers anymore. For there is enough blame to go around. It is putting classism, racism, elitism and all the other isms to bed. It is about putting big egos, greed and personal financial interests, and political agendas aside. It is about conveying our wishes to the powers that be, whether our elected officials, our school boards, the business and civic community, our neighbors, family members, or ourselves, that we will not continue to compromise our children’s future.
It is time for us to put our collective brainpower, our collective good will, and our collective business sense and make the decisions that will be in the best interest of our children, the future of our communities, the future of our nation. Not to do so is to continually miss the mark and face consequences with costs we can ill-afford to pay – morally, economically, and socially.
Preparing our children to achieve academic success, in order that they will have a meaningful future, in order that they become productive and contributing citizens in an ever-demanding society, is our obligation. Contemporary society or any future society, with a good primary and secondary education or the lack of it, will most assuredly determine our children’s options in terms of career choices, higher education opportunities, employment, and overall quality of life.
Our society is not becoming a simpler one in which to survive and thrive. Quite the contrary, it is becoming more complex. And we are abdicating our responsibility as a nation, as Americans, as concerned parents, and community leaders if we do not do everything in our power to make sure our children are prepared, educationally, not only for their future, but the future of the world.
Why is ensuring that our children are prepared to succeed so hard to understand? Do we really think that educating the few, and perpetuating a permanent underclass is the answer?
If history has not told us anything else, it has told us that the poor and uneducated, too, shall rise in ways that we will not like, at times when we least expect it.
Is that where we are headed, America? Is that where we are headed in whatever place we live?