Our Successful Public Education
John Wesley once said, “You might as well send a child to the devil as to send him to the public school.” The education of our young people has become a source of contention. Many feel that public schools have failed our young people. Others feel that the current trend of attempting to teach our children everything they need for life is way too difficult: near impossible. While some are happy with the direction of our public school system others try and change the system to meet their political agenda and personal goals.
So, what makes a school successful? Is it how many students go to college? Is the success of a school system measured by the acceptance of grants and the building of new structures? Or is the school successful because they have a handle of the newest gizmos and gadgets? I suggest to you that we can no longer weigh the success of our schools nationally. Test scores just don’t cut it anymore. I have learned the secret to North Vermillion’s success.
Our teachers, administrators and staff make North Vermillion the school to beat. I have watched as the coaches offered prayers to hurting students, teachers spending extra time with students just to make sure they are caught up, teachers giving gifts of supplies and clothing and food providing their students with everything they need to be successful. You ask me the reason why our school is a great place for students: the teachers. They understand the “No Child Left Behind” policy is more than a test score. They will tell you that no child left behind was their goal way before any policy came into existence.
North Vermillion is staffed with committed teachers, gifted leaders, and amazing support staff that have given their lives in service to our children. They did not go into this career thinking they were going to become millionaires. They don’t do this for the money. They get up each morning, come to a class or an office, and find ways to reach into the lives of our children. To reach them with knowledge is to lead them to life changing skills. I am glad that our school and our church community work together. In many ways we have similar goals.
As Christmas approaches, the teachers, students and staff will all get much needed time off. However, I would be willing to guess that most teachers will be spending holiday time worrying about their students, preparing their lessons for next semester, buying things for their students, and offering prayers that their students are safe. In my school career, there was not one teacher that reached out to me as a student. Not one teacher expressed concern for my grades, my life, or my well-being. In the short time I have been part of NV I have watched teachers reach out to my son and others in the classrooms with genuine concern and care.
Thank you teachers! Thank you for making my son’s transition to this school a blessing. Thank you for investing in the lives of our youth. And thank you for making this world a better place through education. Public school is not of the devil, John Wesley had it wrong. Public school is the place where lives can be changed. Thank an educator today! Pray for our school, our students and their families. We are truly blessed!