Your kid is great

Your kid is wonderful

But if we all just focus on him, he’ll grow up in a pretty lousy community.

This great nation of ours was founded on individualism. But sometimes we get a tad too carried away with that notion. After all, other than Garfunkel (or maybe it was Simon), no one is an island. People reach their true potentials in communities.

School is no different.

As a parent, we’re probably all guilty of having this line of thinking at one point or another: first find the right school, then push for the right teacher (which is quickly followed by hoping we get the right kids in our class, with the so-called “difficult” ones in the other). But what if all the schools were “the right school”? That is to say, what if every public school in town, or even the county, were good enough for your child to go to? That would be something. That would mean kids all over were getting excellent educations and being afforded enriching opportunities.

But the benefits wouldn’t stop there. Because then, when your kid goes out beyond his school (to play soccer or be in a play, say), he’s meeting and playing with and befriending all those other kids – and they are just as wonderful, well-rounded, emotionally healthy and well-adjusted as he is. The whole community becomes a good influence, not just you.

In a nutshell, that’s our goal. We’re SchoolsRule, a countywide collaboration working to improve public education for our kids. We’d love you to join us.

Volunteer your time. Voice your ideas and opinions. Or donate money, which will be divided on a per-student basis and distributed evenly throughout the county.

Oh, by the way, have we told you your kid is wonderful? Ah, you already knew that, didn’t you? Good. Now let’s make them all that way.

Date posted: June 2, 2011

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