Beyond all the politics of teacher raises, Common Core and reassignment, school comes down to a basic principle every year at this time – how well can students master the lessons put before them?
There are plenty of exterior factors that go into that process.
Does the student come from a home environment that puts a high value on education?
How well does the student’s teacher communicate and nurture learning? Does the student have notebooks, pencils and other necessary tools? Is there adequate transportation? Does the student have enough to eat? Comfortable clothing? Plenty of rest?
All of those conditions and more affect how well kids learn.
Parents and teachers have the most clearly defined roles in the process, but even those of us who are not so directly involved have a stake in the game.
Well educated students and a high graduation rate speak well of the area when prospective employers consider moving here. Good schools and smart kids make life easier for existing employers who want to hire someone.
Attaining a higher level of education has a positive effect on quality of life. Accomplished students usually land better jobs. They are not as likely to break the law. They pay taxes and contribute to nonprofit organizations.
School starts again in the Twin Counties this week. Parents, teachers, students ... work hard. The success you create inside a classroom has a way of spreading all over your community.