Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and to be able to use that learning to make a better life for themselves and their family. And research shows, over and over again, that investing in our children makes life better for us all (just one article: The long-term benefits of investing in our children’s future)
How that education is provided, however, is a monumental task. As residents, I believe it is our obligation to support public education to help others in our community. Certainly, public education requires financial support – we all chip in to educate our village. But successful public education also requires support in a variety of other ways.
My husband, Ed, and I chose to send our daughter Natalie through public schools because of our deep commitment to the concept of public education. That is also why I chose to run for school board in 2009 and again in 2013 – and then once again, now, in 2017. Only by being actively involved can we understand what is happening and where we need to go.
Public education faces many challenges in the future, from funding to charter schools to preparing students for new, as-yet-unidentified jobs. Implementing new programs can be tricky; even the best plans, if not thought through, can backfire, resulting in no educational benefit and a drain on resources. As we work to strengthen our public schools by adding innovative approaches and options, we must be very careful to identify potential “unintended consequences” before we make broad changes – and then keep careful watch on actual results, being willing to adapt and change direction quickly as need arises.
I am proud to be one of the five people chosen by the community over the past eight years to help guide the Milford Exempted Village School District as a member of the Board of Education. I look forward to the opportunity to serve our district for another four years.
Photo by Meg Krsacok, courtesy of the Milford Schools Facebook page