Public education seems to get a lot of negative press these days – especially in social media. There is much said about common core, the new math, dropout numbers, college readiness, the use of technology and privacy of data. While these are all legitimate concerns that need attention, there are many things that are going well. In this season of gratitude and reflection, perhaps we should pause and focus on the many positive things happening in public education.
We live in a day and age where information is readily available at our fingertips. New technologies have permitted us to do many things quickly and efficiently. Public schools gather student information from enrollment forms and store it in a secure manner. Unfortunately, we hear daily of breaches in the data held by large companies and there is always a risk of any data being compromised. Data from Utah’s schools are entered into a district and state database maintained and secured by the Utah State Office of Education.
“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” said Margaret Mitchell in “Gone with the Wind.”
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin.
You’ve probably heard a lot about the Common Core. I have too – both good and bad.
It is great to be a part of the Morgan School District. It is a real treat to live in such a beautiful area surrounded by spectacular scenery and good people. Everyone has been very welcoming, and I thank you for your kindness. I look forward to being a part of your successful academic and extra-curricular traditions and having some fun along the way.