Your Child Matters: Restoring Trust in Schools

When I was teaching at one of the local middle schools, one of the biggest obstacles I ran into was trust. Parents and students, especially those who came from poor neighborhoods, did not trust schools. This wasn’t because of safety issues, but the feeling they themselves had been failed by the system. I often heard “I didn’t learn anything and going didn’t help me.”

Looking back, I couldn’t blame them. While time and resources were being spent on students who participated in programs that highlighted the school, before testing meant something, those who struggled were given busy work to pass them on to the next grade. Unacceptable.  If we are going to restore integrity to New Hanover County Schools and its Board of Education, we need to restore trust in those who may have lost it in public schools. We need to send the message “Your child matters, regardless of address or ability!”

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